Screenwriter Michael Waldron discovered a similar soul in filmmaker Sam Raimi with Doctor Strange 2. Raimi and Waldron together collaborated to create among the most unusual and, for some, divisive films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, Waldron reveals why Loki was absent from the MCU’s most recent film. Let’s have a look:
What went down in Doctor Strange 2:
Dr. Strange defends America Chavez, a girl with the ability to travel the different universes, from Wanda Maximoff in the movie. Wanda Maximoff, in particular, goes into full Scarlet Witch mode and murders anybody who stands in her way of finding a reality where her boys from the Disney+ series “WandaVision” are still alive. Many people, including Olsen, were taken aback by the plot twist. This grows particularly true when Wanda wipes out the Illuminati, an alternate-universe superhero organization that includes Charles Xavier, Black Bolt, and Reed Richards, as well as Captain Carter and Captain Marvel.
Why was Loki not seen in the movie:
Waldron was a key figure in the development of the Disney+ series “Loki” and the introduction of the multiverse as a force in the MCU. When questioned if he ever planned to link that program to this film in any manner, he said he would have if it felt necessary. However, even to him, it seemed like they were only getting started”. Nothing would have made me happier than getting to compose Tom, Owen, or Sophia’s dialogue. But it seemed like this was a distinct story from TVA’s purview. And it may have made things more difficult,” he said. Waldron claimed that the film was already dealing with a lot, and that may have only added to the confusion. As a result, they decided to go on without Loki in Doctor Strange 2.
What’s next for Loki in the MCU:
Marvel Studios is hard at work on a slew of MCU TV episodes, but none are as eagerly awaited as Loki season 2. The first standalone journey of the trickster god was a great hit for Marvel and Disney, so it’s no surprise that the program is getting a sequel. The Disney + show’s production is truly picking up steam. Not only have two important characters been confirmed to return in Loki season 2, but two of Moon Knight’s filmmakers have also been hired to direct it. There will also be an Alligator Loki spin-off comic series. Loads of projects along the way for the trickster god!