When listening to an interview with someone who works for Marvel, it can sometimes be just as telling what they won’t say as it is what they do. Marvel is extremely secretive about its cinematic universe. Because of this, showrunners and actors will often be asked questions that they aren’t allowed to answer, in fear that they’ll reveal something they shouldn’t. Recently, Michael Waldron, the showrunner for Disney+’s new Loki series, was interviewed on SUPES. He was asked a very specific question about time travel and Captain America, at which time he looks away from the camera, smiles, and says he can’t talk about that and audiences should keep watching.
You can see the moment where they discuss Captain America play out in the interview below at the 2:25 mark. They’ve been discussing the Time Variance Authority and what we’ve learned about it in the first episodes of Loki. The interviewer says, “And Michael, this is just me asking you fan to fan, after watching those first two episodes and really getting to know the TVA, do you think the TVA would have gone after Steve Rogers after he created that alternate timeline with Peggy in Avengers: Endgame?” Michael Waldron then evades the Captain America question by saying: “That’s a good question, man. I don’t think I can answer that. I think maybe. I think maybe just keep watching.”
Michael Waldron isn’t only the showrunner for Loki. He’s also a writer for the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so he’s a mind in the know at Marvel these days. While neither of these projects are currently known to involve Captain America, he’s in a position where he knows more than most.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in an interesting place as it expands into Disney+ television series. Many would have expected those shows to be a new universe, but instead they’re part of the MCU. Starting off with shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wandavision have made this very clear for audiences. So while it feels improbable to see Chris Evans as Captain America in a Disney+ series, having actors like Tom Hiddleston on Loki makes it entirely possible.
Many hoped that we would see Chris Evans as Captain American on Wandavision or on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Those hopes and expectations make it seem like that should have at least been a conversation on the set of Loki, so it seems unlikely that this is an entirely new idea to Michael Waldron. Could the interviewer have just exposed their future plans to have Chris Evans in one of the six episodes of the series?
In a moment like this, we may have just learned that Captain America will be appearing in Loki on Disney+. Alternatively, this could have had little to do with Marvel secrets. It could have been that Michael Waldron wasn’t expecting the question, hasn’t considered Captain America when working on Loki, and genuinely didn’t have an answer. If he’d said that, it would have also revealed Marvel secrets, by way of revealing that Michael Waldron has nothing to do with that character. This forces him to avoid a fuller answer to the question, even one that speculates on Steve Rogers and his possible experiences with the Time Variance Authority because it would tell us too much about what he does and doesn’t have clear answers for.
The interviewer is right here. Everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has opened up about the Time Variance Authority raises major questions about Captain America and his happily ever after with Peggy in Endgame. Will that force the writers on Loki to address it somehow? Or will they bring this around somewhere else in the MCU?