Marvel Studios has been keen to take their live-action series and make sure they help tee-up future films and directly interlink with the feature film side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We know that the Loki series will link-up to Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness and have our first clue how that might be happening.
In the brief first-look footage from the Disney+ Super Bowl spot from yesterday, it revealed that in the upcoming Loki series from Marvel Studios that Tom Hiddleston’s God of mischief has gotten himself in trouble with the Multiverse police aka TVA (Time Variance Authority), who are faceless bureaucrats that oversee a bunch of different realities within the Multiverse.
When Loki threatens to “burn this place to the ground” he’s wearing what looks like a prison uniform with the logo “TVA” on it.
Loki tinkering with the timelines and alternate realities via the Tesseract might be how he catches their attention, we’ve already seen an image of Loki in New York City during 1975 and has been confirmed to be moving between various events in human history.
Michael Waldron worked on Rick & Morty, which mainly deals with infinite realities (the infinite Rick) among other interesting sci-fi stuff and might be a big reason why he was hired to write on Loki.
I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if Owen Wilson (recently joined the series) was one of these TVA Agents or even Justice Peace.
As the footage suggests filming on Loki has begun in Atlanta, Georgia under the working title of The Architect.
This working title could be a direct reference to the cosmic Elder of The Universe character The Architect (first introduced in the Quasar comic books), who is not unlike The Collector (played by Benicio del Toro) from Guardians of The Galaxy and The Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum) from Thor: Ragnarok, the latter has tangled with Loki.
He happens to be obsessed with building things, as you might imagine from his name. Another potential role for Owen Wilson.
It’s interesting because the Time Variance Authority (introduced in the Thor comic books) has direct connections to Nathaniel Richards aka Kang The Conquer, a time-travelling villain of the Marvel universe that thanks to the Fox/Marvel rights heading back home to Disney/Marvel can be now be used by Kevin Feige.
The villain was first introduced in the pages of Fantastic Four (as Rama-Tut) and Avengers after all.
Kang, potentially being a perfect big-bad for the next phase of the MCU filling the void left by Thanos. Considering that Marvel is keen on tackling the Multiverse in Phase 4 and have introduced time-travel in Avengers: Endgame, Kang would make sense moving forward if they’re not exactly ready to bring in Galactus or the Negative Zone baddies like Annilahus because they’re still trying to figure out the Fantastic Four reboot.
We’ve already seen set photos that the other series will tackle Fox/Marvel stuff with X-Men material like the fictional location of Madripoor in The Falcon & The Winter Soldier and the cosmic S.H.I.E.L.D. counterpart S.W.O.R.D. being introduced in WandaVision.
Kang could be the kind of villain that could bring heroes from across the Multiverse for an event film like Secret Wars.