The Marvel Cinematic Universe is already all geared up for What If…?, but Loki‘s success has been such that fans still can’t get over the God of Mischief.
In addition to all the theories involving timelines, Kang the Conqueror, and Tom Hiddleston variants, fans have now spotted what may have confirmed where vampires enter the MCU timeline, namely how Loki could be setting the stage for Mahershala Ali’s Blade movie.
The Blade movie was announced in 2019 during San Diego Comic-Con, with Ali appearing alongside Marvel stars. In Loki episode 4, Mobius suggests that Blade may be just as relevant as Thanos by putting them on the same side of the scale, saying,
“You know, we brought in Kree, Titans, vampires”
Also, to everyone’s surprise, Loki quickly introduced a lost artifact confiscated by the TVA. An ornate cross doesn’t seem like something anyone carries around without a purpose.
In the end, the object met the same fate as the mighty Infinity Stones and, like them, became a paperweight. And if the theory is true, this suggests that vampires have been around for a long time at Marvel.
Loki has made it clear that the multiverse has begun, and its branches will still have great importance for the current Phase 4.
The obvious benefit of these branches is the prospect of other variants being introduced into the series and movies, allowing space for new faces and old acquaintances to return to Marvel in style.
Such was the case with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), who is already being considered for a solo film for the What If…? character.
It is already known that the Fantastic Four, mutants, and vampires are all coming. But we still don’t know when, where, or how. Kevin Feige has already revealed that it should be a while, for example, before the X-Men arrive, but no new information has been disclosed about Blade.
Byzantine or Orthodox Cross
Loki clearly explained that the TVA encountered vampires at some point in their journey or someone trying to protect themselves from them since the metal cross drew attention in the fourth episode.
The cross shown is a Byzantine cross, dating from around 800 AD, suggesting that vampires could have been around for hundreds of years. Yet, we never saw Iron Man or Thor carrying a crucifix in his pocket, and the object was never even mentioned.
Still, the idea that vampires have been around for a long time fits in with the established tradition of the previous Blade films, which showed that the creatures were ruled by a secret cabal. The organization was even compared to the Mafia at the time of its release.