A new piece of Marvel Cinematic Universe art highlights the hilarious difference between Spider-People and Disney+’s Loki variants.
A new piece of Marvel Cinematic Universe art highlights the hilarious difference between Spider-Man and Loki variants. Hugh Everett’s “many worlds” or multiverse theory has often been utilized in popular culture, novels, comic books, television shows, and movies. For example, Sony’s animated comic book movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, opens portals to alternate universes, bringing different Spider-People into the world of one Miles Morales (Shameik Moore). Into the Spider-Verse was one of the first mainstream superhero movies to play with the multiversal concept, and there’s no denying the influence it’s had on MCU movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The concept of the MCU’s multiverse was seemingly alluded to as far back as Thor: The Dark World, with a subtle nod to alternate Earths written on a chalkboard by Erik Selvig. However, it wasn’t until Avengers: Endgame and then Phase 4’s Disney+ Loki that things began to take shape. The latter series follows The Avengers’ version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) circa 2012, who escapes with the Tesseract during Endgame’s time heist. After he’s arrested by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), concepts like alternate timelines and variants are officially introduced. In episode 5, Loki encounters many alternate versions/variants of himself including Classic Loki, Kid Loki, Boastful Loki, Alligator Loki, and President Loki, all of which share a propensity for treachery and fulfilling their “glorious purpose.”
Digital artist Idiotoftheeast on Instagram recently shared a piece of art highlighting the difference between Spider-Man and Loki variants. Where one group, featuring everyone from Miles, Spider-Gwen, and Peter B. Parker to No Way Home’s Spider-Men, has an affinity for “great power” and “great responsibility,” the other just can’t seem to get along. Check it out below:
The popularity of Spider-People working together in Into the Spider-Verse certainly propelled No Way Home’s generational team-up. In the record-breaking film starring Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) casts a spell that unintentionally brings characters/villains from past Sony films into the MCU, including Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Lizard (Rhys Ifans), Electro (Jamie Foxx), and Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men. Venom (Tom Hardy) even drops in for yet another credits scene. That being said, No Way Home represents a high point for superhero cinema and the MCU’s multiversal concept.
Establishing a multiverse in the MCU has reportedly always been part of the plan, and variants will continue to appear on the big screen this year in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has spoken on how Multiverse of Madness is going to “crack” open the Multiverse, allowing the MCU to inch even closer to its comic book counterpart. While rumors hint at the appearance of various X-Men and other familiar heroes, the film’s first teaser has already teased Doctor Strange Supreme. On top of that, the film will feature the return of at least one Loki variant.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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