It is now almost confirmed that Tom Hiddleston's Loki is going to appear in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" through many trusted websites, but the real question that should come out of this is - which Loki?
We all know that at the end of Disney+ Series "Loki" Season 1, Loki was caught up at a dramatically changed TVA, where Kang is the boss instead of Time Keepers. Loki was all but forgotten as Mobius and Ravonna were not able to recognize him. Also, he was not the only Loki that existed at the TVA.
We all had just one theory that the Loki from TVA will appear right into the middle of Dr. Strange 2, maybe to warn him about the danger of Kang or asking for help. But now, after the few episodes into Disney+ animated series "What If?" we are now into a multiverse era, where everything is possible.
Let me explain Loki's appearance in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" in two different most-possible ways.
Loki from TVA - who has been forgotten by everyone since the timeline in which he exists has been broken:
Loki coming directly from TVA to Dr. Strange will mean one major thing - Kang will be the main part of the story. TVA's Loki directly makes Kang the main architect of the story, but, there is not even a single source to confirm that Kang the Conqueror will make a full appearance in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." However, it doesn't mean that Kang still cannot be part of the narrative, he can literally change the fate of the whole universe before anyone realizes it.
So, far many rumors have suggested that Wanda is going to be the main villain in Dr. Strange 2, which so far has not been substantiated with much evidence. Wanda is part of the Avengers, the only way she can be the Antagonist is if She has gone completely mad (as the title suggests) or this Wanda could be from an alternate universe, which is also the main theme of the movie.
There is another rumor of Mobius and Sylvie also making an appearance in the film, but it doesn't carry much weight as this Mobius is now part of a different TVA and cannot remember Loki. TVA exists beyond the time and multiverse, and unlike the earth realm, it has only one sacred timeline. That sacred timeline was only changed because of the death of "He Who Remains," but it is unlikely to happen once again.
So in this theory, the maximum Loki can do is play a 30-sec cameo at the end of the movie. Warn Dr. Strange or any other Avenger to be ready for the danger that is about to come. This can also mean that Loki will have a major role in Ant-Man 3.
Loki from "What If?" Episode 3 - Loki, who rules the Midgard [Earth Realm]:
This Loki is our typical Loki, who is sharp, cunning, and power-hungry. As shown in the third episode of Marvel's What If? - "What If... the World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?", An antagonist version of Hank Pym single-handedly kills every Avenger including Thor. Shield director Nick Fury takes the help of Loki, who comes to earth to avenge his brother Thor's death. Loki kills Pym, but instead of returning to Asgard, he decides to rule the Earth in the absence of the Avengers. Loki becomes the ruler of Midgard bringing every govt' down and making it only one united realm.
The chances of this variant of Loki appearing in Dr. Strange 2 is very possible. We all know the collision of the Multiverse will drive the narrative of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" and "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." It simply means that new variants of the same character from different timelines can make an appearance like we are seeing in the teaser trailer of No way Home. If this Loki appears, he will have a much bigger role than TVA's Loki as in this case, Loki will be an antagonist who may try to establish his rule and kingdom among all the chaos.
We already have a rumor from One Take News that Dr. Strange Supereme from "What If?" Episode 4 is expected to make an appearance in this movie, and probably as a bad guy. We have also seen the teaser trailer of No Way Home, where Dr. Stranger appears a bit odd as he is fighting with Peter Parker/Spider-Man in few scenes. Similarly, this also paves the way for our regular and cunning Loki to make a comeback on screen.
What If..? is not a cannon due to the existence of Multiverse in MCU:
Before you go further and debunk the What If? theory, let me confirm that the What If..? animated series is not a cannon in the MCU. However, it also has no direct (as of now) connection to the plot of any other Marvel film or series. What If...? depicts the several timelines that exist in the MCU and are essential to the ongoing multiverse narrative of Phase four. All of the episodes in the What If...? series are part of the sacred timeline, and some of them can be merged if they collide with the current universe.
What If..? can only be cannon if Multiverse is not part of the main narrative in the present MCU. Till now, we have only seen five episodes with five alternate timelines which introduce us to - Captain Peggy carter, Dr. Strange Supereme, T'Challa's Starlord, King Loki, and the extremely powerful Zombie version of Wanda/Scarlet Witch.
What do you think now? Which Loki is part of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness"? Do let us know your theory in the comment box below or under our social media post on Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit.
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