Doctor Strange 2 and Loki Writer Explains How the Two MCU Projects Intertwine

Writing stories in the multiverse sometimes requires an aspirin, if Loki showrunner and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron’s experience is any indication.

In an interview with The PlaylistWaldron was asked whether he could have developed the Doctor Strange sequel without doing Loki and vice versa, given that Multiverse of Madness‘own events may theoretically affect Loki‘s next season. In response, Waldron jokingly complained, “The headaches I have are probably intertwined. I mean, it’s all intertwined and it all stands alone. Like a great comic universe, I think that one thing certainly informs the other. You’re going to have a better time watching the next chapter of an MCU story if you’ve seen the stuff before it. But also, hopefully, even if you’ve never – if you’ve walked in off the street, you’ll still have a blast. It should be good enough that it stands on its own. “

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While the concept was teased in projects like Spider-Man: Far From Home, Loki marked the first major instance of the Marvel Cinematic Universe openly exploring a multiverse outside the main timeline. Following the Loki who escaped captivity in Avengers: Endgame, Loki introduced both the concept of variants – alternate versions of one being – and the bureaucratic Time Variance Authority which mitigates their impact on the timeline.

However, by Season 1’s finale, it’s revealed that all of these dimensional branches have been willfully restrained by Kang the Conqueror variant He Who Remains to prevent his other selves from escaping and conquering the multiverse. What If …? spirit Spider-Man: No Way Home have since introduced variants of notable MCU heroes and villains, and even crossed over with established Spider-Man characters from films not produced by Marvel Studios.

Trailers for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness have set up the film as both a continuation of No Way Home‘s aftermath and exploration of the multiverse’s inner workings. The marketing has highlighted Strange meeting different versions of himself, including a variant wearing his Defenders costume and characters supposedly featured in What If …? like Strange Supreme. Strange’s story will also tie into the MCU’s introduction of America Chavez, a character with the ability to punch open star-shaped portals in time and space.

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Furthermore, Multiverse of Madness‘trailers have fueled rumors about high-profile variants appearing, most notably Patrick Stewart as Professor X from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. Neither director Sam Raimi nor the cast have confirmed any of these rumors, though lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch has described Multiverse of Madness as “very, very ambitious,” claiming, “if we bring it off, I think it could be one of the biggest [Marvel films] we’ve seen so far. “

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrives in theaters May 6. Season 1 of Loki is available to watch on Disney +.


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