How Loki’s ending will affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward

Thanks to all the new series on Disney+, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is more connected than ever. Now that the first season of Loki has played out and properly introduced us to the concept of a chaotic multiverse, the fallout will be felt across the MCU. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently appeared on the D23 Podcast to talk about the importance of the multiverse in future stories.

“The multiverse is coming up in a big way. There’s interconnectivity there that people have already started to see and suss out,” Feige said. “I had a meeting this morning with the whole broad Marvel Studios team, going through the multiverse and the rules of the multiverse and exactly how to really deliver on the excitement surrounding the multiverse.”

In the Loki season finale, Sylvie killed He Who Remains, the man who was keeping the multiverse from spinning out of control. But now that he’s out of the picture, anything can happen, as we’ll doubtlessly see in upcoming Marvel features like Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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“We used to not need [a whiteboard] because it really was just all in our collective imaginations at the studio,” Feige said. “Just before the pandemic, we started going, ‘You know what? Maybe we need a big whiteboard.’”

Feige compared this new frontier to when Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury showed up at the end of Iron Man, sparking the possibility of a vast future for the MCU. “But almost instantly, if you remember — way back to the summer of 2008 — it ignited everyone’s imagination. In the same way, the multiverse is something that we geek out about and we really love all the storytelling potential it brings.”

In many ways, the multiverse resets the MCU so that characters — even dead ones — can pop back and forth between different timelines. Loki, for example, might be dead in the “MCU Prime” timeline, but he can return many times over thanks to the contortions of the multiverse.

Loki’s first season was more than great entertainment, it played a pivotal role in moving the MCU forward. And we’ll be seeing the effects before we know it…

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