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How Loki Set Up Doctor Strange’s Spider-Man: No Way Home Mistake

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Kevin Feige explains how the events of Loki allowed Doctor Strange’s Spider-Man: No Way Home mistake to happen. Benedict Cumberbatch is gearing up for his next MCU film with Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Doctor Strange sequel is set up by the sorcerer’s involvement in Peter Parker’s latest adventure, where he deals with the fallout of some of his actions from No Way Home.

Spider-Man sought out Doctor Strange for help after his secret identity as Spider-Man was revealed by Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. With Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) gone, the sorcerer was compelled to aid the troubled Avenger. Doctor Strange’s plan was quite straightforward — cast a spell that would make everyone forget that Peter is Spider-Man. Unfortunately, the haphazard way he executed it caused massive issues resulting in the spell exposing Earth to multiversal threats. In the end, the pair was able to rectify the situation, but it put Doctor Strange in trouble with the Illuminati — something that will be tackled in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Apparently, the events of Loki, despite happening outside of the Sacred Timeline, set up Doctor Strange’s catastrophic incantation to go through in Spider-Man: No Way Home. As explained by Feige during Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ red carpet premiere covered by Marvel Entertainment, He Who Remains’ (Jonathan Majors) death allowed the spell to go wrong. Read his full answer below:

Loki and Sylvie did something at the end of that series. And sort of allowed all of this to be possible. He Who Remains is gone and that allowed a spell to go wrong in Spider-Man: No Way Home which leads to the entire multiverse going quite mad in this.

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For context, at the end of Loki, Sylvie and Loki find He Who Remains — the master manipulator who oversees the TVA (Time Variance Authority) and makes sure that the multiverse doesn’t go haywire. He is the tamer variant of Kang the Conqueror, who will be the primary antagonist of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Unfortunately, Sylvie was so blinded by rage that she still went on and killed He Who Remains; soon after, the multiple branches of reality start to overlap. Feige’s quote suggests that had He Who Remains lived, Earth being exposed to multiversal threats in Spider-Man: No Way Home wouldn’t have happened. It’s unclear, however, if it means that Doctor Strange wouldn’t have been able to cast the spell or its unintended consequences wouldn’t have been possible. In any case, Doctor Strange wouldn’t have his problem in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness if He Who Remains is still in control.

Loki has long been confirmed to be connected to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When this news broke out, there was an assumption that Loki or anyone from the Disney+ series will appear in the sequel. The jury is still out for that, but even if there are no major cameos from Loki, this establishes that the two MCU projects are narratively linked together, alongside the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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