Loki episode 2 ending explained: What this means for Doctor Strange 2’s multiverse madness

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOR LOKI EPISODE 2 AHEAD. The second outing of Tom Hiddleston’s six-part Marvel miniseries has arrived on Disney+ today. And boy did that leave us with a cliffhanger ahead of next week.

At the end of episode 1 Glorious Purpose, Mobius M Mobius revealed to the Loki variant that the Time Variance Authority needs his help in hunting down another alternative version of himself.

Loki soon realises that his other self will be hiding just before apocalyptic events like Pompeii and Ragnarok take place.

So along with some other time cops, they end up in 2050 USA, where he comes across the Loki they’ve been hunting, who briefly takes the form of other characters.

That is until it’s discovered that this Loki variant is female and Sophia Di Martino’s mystery character.

As rumours have suggested, Sophia is playing Lady Loki, who is a fan favourite in Marvel comics.

In one run, Loki took over a human body meant for Lady Sif and became the villain Lady Loki.

And aside from her introduction in the Disney+ show, episode 2 ended with the Sacred Timeline beginning to splinter into a multiverse of madness.

Considering that fellow cast member Richard E Grant is rumoured to be playing a Loki variant too, we wouldn’t be surprised if there will be several versions of the god of mischief bringing chaos to the order of the TVA.

Interestingly, in the comics, Lady Loki was a member of Green Goblin villain Norman Osborn’s Cabal.

While later this year Spider-Man No Way Home is released and is heavily rumoured to feature Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin heading up a Sinister Six from across the multiverse.

Plus previous Peter Parkers, in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, are also supposedly teaming up with Tom Holland’s, although none of this has been officially confirmed.

However, we do know that Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme is set to feature in Spider-Man No Way Home ahead of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness just three months later.

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It’s worth pointing out that Loki head writer Michael Waldron has also penned the Doctor Strange 2 script.

So we wouldn’t be surprised if a team of Lokis, headed up by Lady Loki, cause havoc and initiate another multiversal war before appearing in that movie too.

And let’s not forget that Marvel comics time travel villain Kang the Conqueror is set to be the big bad in 2023’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania.

Whatever Marvel Studios’ plans, it’s clear that the MCU is headed into some weird alternate reality chaos.

In fact, some fans believe this is all heading into a multiversal war that will culminate in an Avengers 5 based on the Secret Wars comic book storyline.

In that narrative, multiple versions of the same Marvel characters co-existed simultaneously on Battleworld.

With a group of Lokis and probably a trio of Peter Parkers on the way, plus at least two Thors in Thor Love and Thunder, Secret Wars is beginning to sound plausible.

Loki is streaming now on Disney+, while Spider-Man No Way Home hits cinemas on December 17, 2021 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follows on March 25, 2022.

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