Spoiler Warning

Well, that’s that for this season of Loki. But we know that Loki has been renewed as it revealed its link to Phase 4. WandaVision and The Falcon And Winter Soldier teased a lot and then held back in their reveals. Loki just barrelled straight in. It didn’t go with the easy option of just revealing Loki was behind the whole thing, or another Loki, or some big timey-wimey loop. It dropped an origin for the Phase 4 big-bad guy Kang.

Kang Loki and Sylvie

Then the post-credits scene revealed it is the first show to be renewed, cliff-hanger or not.

The Falcon and Winter Soldier and Black Widow loop in the Contessa, with Loki heavily setting up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp. WandaVision leaves a vulnerable Wanda at the heart of all this. To quote Gandalf:

“The board is set, The pieces are moving.”

With Loki renewed, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania looks like a kick-off for the next multi-year, multi-movie arc which will be the Multiversal War. Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness all loop into this. Suddenly What If…? feels like it suddenly plays a part, rather than just being a sidebar.

The Hollywood Reporter now reports that Hiddleston’s Loki will appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness even if no confirmation is forthcoming from Marvel. This would make sense. Wanda in the center of a tug-of-war between Loki and the Sorceror Supreme as the multiverse unfolds around them?

Sam Raimi directs the next Doctor Strange which has already wrapped filming and is due for release in March. If Hiddleston is in, then he has already filmed his parts.

What If…?, Shang-Chi, Eternals, Spider-Man and Hawkeye are all on the way across the platforms, and something about their scheduling points to a need to come out in order and, post COVID, on time. Some like to say:

“It ended with Endgame!”

It appears the Kevin Feige really, really disagrees with you. Even the weakest of the MCU is yet to drop the ball the way that Star Wars did on Disney’s watch. You know most of us will be watching. Why fight it? They have you now.

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