Spoiler Warning: Significant plot points from Loki Season 1, Episode 4 ahead.
Everybody seems to agree that Episode 4 of Loki was surprising, heartbreaking and incredibly bonkers. But what does it all mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
To be sure, the episode dropped a number of hints and small details that could affect how the MCU evolves in the coming years.
We offer up this food for thought as you geek out with us over the insane happenings of Episode 4. Vote up the ones you found most important for the entire Marvel universe.
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The Young Avengers Are Closing In
Everybody's buzzing about the four Lokis who stared down at Tom Hiddleston's version in the post-credits scene - but it's worth noting that producers positioned Young Loki (Jack Veal) so that he was the center of the group.
And that just adds yet more confirmation that Marvel has Young Avengers content in its sights, with all the Disney+ limited series slowly setting up the characters one by one.
It happened most recently and obviously in WandaVision in which it was implied that one or both of Wanda and Vision's sons Billy and Tommy may actually become Wiccan and Speed of Young Avengers fame.
Add to that the introduction of Young Falcon in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and the expected training of Hawkeye's daughter to succeed him in the upcoming Hawkeye series.
The Young Avengers may be coming soon than we think...Serves a glorious purpose?
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Richard E. Grant, People!
Look. We have no idea if the appearance of Richard E. Grant as Classic Loki in the post-credits scene means that this legendary actor will reprise the role again in future MCU projects. But we can hope and dream.
After all, few dispute that Anthony Hopkins brings a certain gravitas to Odin in the Thor films. Might Richard E. Grant be able to do the same for a version of the Loki character? Injecting a little old-school, Agents of Asgard-fueled wisdom into the Loki-verse might be just what we need.Serves a glorious purpose?
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Scarlet Witch Vs. The Time Keepers?
Wanda Maximoff (AKA, The Scarlet Witch) is a Nexus Being with a major role in Doctor Strange at the Multiverse of Madness, so it's safe to say we may see the Time Keepers clash with Wanda...
Currently, there are many questions. Are the robot Time Keepers simply a ruse? Or some other entity with evil intentions responsible for this whole mess?
Within the MCU, recall that Wanda also owes her existence to a Nexus Event, which might put her at odds with the Time Keepers as they try to rid the Sacred Timeline of variants. And as the final post credit scene of WandaVision hinted, Wanda might have to create her own Nexus Events in order to find her family.
But how will any of this play into Wanda's upcoming appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?Serves a glorious purpose?
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Vampires Storm The MCU
Did you catch Mobius referencing vampires as he rattled off various groups that the TVA has arrested? Good catch.
That little reference accomplished two key goals important to the MCU: It establishes the existence of vampires and, as a result, helps set up the upcoming Blade reboot currently in pre-production, featuring Mahershala Ali as the half-vampire superhero.
And don't forget that Jared Leto will take on the role of full vampire Morbius in a 2022 release.
Welcome to the MCU, vampires. Happy to have you.Serves a glorious purpose?