In a new interview, creator of the Disney+ streaming series Loki, Michael Waldron had the perfect response when asked about Loki fan theories involving former 20th Century Fox properties — Fantastic Four and X-Men — in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Appearing on the My Mom’s Basement Podcast on the Barstool Sports Network, Loki head writer Michael Waldron dished on what it’s like to enter the inner sanctum of Marvel Studios. As head writer of Loki — starring Tom Hiddleston as the titular character — as well as scribe for the upcoming Marvel Multiverse extravaganza, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) — starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff — Waldron has been given the keys to the kingdom by Marvel boss Kevin Feige and the House of Ideas.
Waldron, a self-proclaimed fanboy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe himself, compared being let into the Marvel Studios brain trust and learning the future plans of the MCU, to entering the storied top secret government compound known as Area 51. Waldron explained,
“Part of what’s exciting about getting this job and those first couple weeks is like… I was just a fan, and suddenly it’s like you’re going to Area 51 and you’re just being shown aliens. And ‘Here’s a dinosaur!’ like They exist!’ …You’re learning all the secrets and everything so that you can do your own job.”
Michael Waldron goes on to describe the surreal experience he had in being privy to the Time Heist plot of Avengers: Endgame (2019), a film that would go on to become the second most successful film in the history of cinema and a zeitgeist shifting pop culture powerhouse.
Waldron explains that having seen Loki (Tom Hiddleston) die at the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) as the Mad Titan acquired his Infinity Stone, he had no idea how his Loki series would bring Tom Hiddleston back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a real life scene seemingly straight out of classic political thriller All The President’s Men (1976), Waldron relates how Marvel Studios disclosed the plot of Avengers: Endgame, detailing,
“November 2018 when I started having meetings on [Loki] and it got kind of real, pitching on it, and part of that was I was like ‘Alright guys, how is Loki alive? What are we working with?’ And so they called me to tell me and I just so happened to be in a parking garage, which was so perfect. I’m in my car in a parking garage… being told what happens in Endgame.”
Certainly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe streaming series for Disney+ have very closely guarded plots and casts. This secrecy leads to an insane amount of speculation, rumors, and fan theories from Marvel diehards. The ability of the Disney+ MCU series to delve into the rich world of Avengers characters in WandaVision (Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan), and now Loki (Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson) makes for fertile ground for rumors to take root.
Famously, WandaVision was a bit of a victim of its own success, as many fan theories outpaced the scope of the show. Marvel fans expected to meet Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Mephisto, or perhaps Magneto and the X-Men, but were disappointed by the perceived lack of a major reveal or cameo.
When asked about the current crop of the hottest Marvel Cinematic Universe Loki fan theories — namely that Loki will introduce the Fantastic Four and/or the X-Men — series creator Michael Waldron totally stuck the landing with a perfectly hilarious response.
When asked when Loki might introduce the Fantastic Four or the X-Men, Waldron replied in a spot-on dead pan,
“Actually, [the Fantastic Four and X-Men] are going to get introduced in the MCU in the Star Wars movie.”
Clem, Twitter account for a Barstool Sports writer, took to social media with his hot take on the salacious one-liner, offering the following quote to accompany a video clip of Waldron,
“EXCLUSIVE: The Writer Of Loki Just Revealed That The X-MEN And FANTASTIC FOUR Will BOTH Be Introduced Into The MCU In His New STAR WARS Movie”
— Clem (@TheClemReport) June 14, 2021
Either the Marvel Multiverse is bigger than we thought, or Waldron just playfully trolled Marvel fandom and the Star Wars galaxy of fans in a well-placed laugh line.
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