Disney's Investor Day brought a lot of excitement to Marvel fans, announcing some unexpected new projects and shedding some light on pre-existing ones.
Several Disney+ shows got casting confirmations, including the fact that Tatiana Maslany would indeed be portraying She-Hulk in the series. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was also confirmed to be connected to the upcoming Spider-Man 3 and also revealed that Xochitl Gomez will be playing America Chavez.
Loki proved to be one of the most exciting projects to come out of the event, bringing a brand new trailer with a plethora of new footage. Loki also sports a new look seemingly based on his more recent comic appearances, with shorter horns and the return of a green color palette.
A piece of the production design appears to tease a villainous inclusion in the Disney+ series...
In the Exclusive Clip released for Loki, artwork on a stained-glass window appears to be based on the villain Mephisto, which is featured at the 1:57 mark.
The devil character is seen bearing long green robes, sitting on a peculiar throne surrounded by flames.
In the comics, Mephisto is a Satan-inspired immortal who literally lives in a section of the Marvel Universe called Hell. He has a number of magical abilities that give him the powers of superstrength and illusion manipulation, and he is often butting heads with title heroes like Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, and the Fantastic Four.
The full trailer can be watched below:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Given what is known about the Loki series, it is likely that this stained-glass artwork originates from an alternate timeline. The trailer suggests that Loki will be hired by the TIme Variance Authority to explore different timelines through MCU history. Therefore, this may be one where Mephisto reigns supreme.
Some have speculated that Mephisto could make his MCU debut in WandaVision , potentially being the source of Wanda's torment in the series. If this is true, and Wanda overcomes the magic user by the end of her series, perhaps Loki could explore a timeline where Mephisto came out on top. The imagery of this stained-glass seems to have religious connotations, bearing a lot of similarities to artwork of the clergy. There is a possibility that Mephisto could have used a potential victory to pass his influence on the entire world, forcing all to obey and worship him.
As noted above, Mephisto is a prominent comic book villain, being a magic user that has caused mayhem for many heroes. The devillish villain is an incredibly powerful foe, so a potential appearance could spell trouble for Loki, as well as other heroes later on in the MCU.
Perhaps Mephisto will indeed rear his demonic head when Loki launches on Disney+ in May 2021.