The previously announced Tom Hiddleston-led spinoff series Marvel Studios’ Loki, which is due to be streamed on Disney+ in the Spring of 2021, will tie into the theatrical release Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, reveals Marvel Studios president and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige. The Doctor Strange sequel, which will be directed again by Scott Derrickson, was previously confirmed to have connections to the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, also due to be released in Spring 2021, before Multiverse of Madness haunts theaters the same year on May 7. Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, will make her next appearance in the MCU following Avengers: Endgame with a return in WandaVision before joining Benedict Cumberbatch in Multiverse of Madness, which is said to explore the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s multiple dimensions.
Feige told Bloomberg magazine that Loki and the Doctor Strange sequel have a connection, saying in an article, “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before. But it does (connect).”
Feige also said that the Disney+ lineup, comprised of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision and Hawkeye, which will precede later additions like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight, will be completely connected to the movie side of the franchise, which has been mapped out through 2024 (although we’re only privy to the schedule through part of 2022).
“These episodes will intersect with the movies in a very big way. It’s a totally new form of storytelling that we get to play with and explore,” Feige previously told Variety, notated that the connections between themovies and the big-budget Disney+ television series are part of “the first long-form narrative that Marvel Studios has done.”
“They’ll be six episodes, eight episodes, 10 episodes with the actors from the films playing their characters,” Feige said. “They’ll be changing, evolving, growing in those event series and then those changes will be reflected in their next film appearances.”
The Loki series will center on an alternative version of the Asgardian trickster, mischief-maker and adopted brother of Avenger Thor (Chris Hemsworth) following his death at the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War last year. This Loki teleported away during Endgame, using the Tesseract when the Avengers revisited 2012 New York to obtain one of the six Infinity Stones needed to reverse Thanos’ snap that destroyed half of all life across the galaxy.
This series will follow Loki as he pops up “throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events,” said earlier details previously by The Hollywood Reporter.
The upcoming Marvel Studios slate includes Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Sony and Marvel’s third Spider-Man collaboration on July 16, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021 and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Marvel Studios Disney+ series that do not have release dates include She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight.