In a cinematic universe known for its formidable villains, the MCU recently introduced a character who has managed to surpass even the infamous Thanos in terms of deadliness. While Thanos’s actions in Avengers: Infinity War left a lasting impact, the actions of this new antagonist have taken the concept of villainy to a whole new level.
General Dox’s Multiversal Massacre
In a shocking turn of events, the second episode of Season 2 of Loki on Disney+ brought forth a character known as General Dox, a high-ranking member of the TVA. General Dox goes rogue and leads her team of Minutemen on a mission to prune all the newly-created branches off the Sacred Timeline, a result of Sylvie’s actions against He Who Remains.
Despite Loki’s valiant efforts to intervene, General Dox succeeds in her mission, resulting in the destruction of countless timeline branches, each inhabited by countless lives. The heroes, including Loki, find themselves powerless to prevent this catastrophic event. As Hunter B-15 poignantly observes, “Those are people… those are lives…”
While Thanos’s infamous snap wiped out half of all life in the universe, General Dox’s actions effectively wiped out all life in multiple universes. This single act of mass murder catapults her into the ranks of the most lethal villains the MCU has ever seen.
The Fate of Crucial MCU Timelines
With General Dox’s heinous act, thousands of branches of the timeline were presumably pruned and erased from existence. This raises questions about the fate of crucial timelines that fans have come to love, including those associated with characters like the various Spider-Men, Deadpool, and more.
It seems highly improbable that Marvel Studios would obliterate timelines and universes that hold immense storytelling potential, especially in the context of the Multiverse Saga. Recent statements from Loki director Dan DeLeeuw suggest that fan-favorite heroes from alternate timelines remain intact. While specifics were not disclosed, DeLeeuw emphasized that they were deliberate in choosing which timelines met their end.
Furthermore, it’s important to distinguish between timelines and universes within the MCU. Marvel producer Richie Palmer has hinted that characters like Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men exist in alternate universes, potentially exempting them from the timeline-altering consequences of General Dox’s actions.
In conclusion, the arrival of General Dox as a multiversal mass murderer in the MCU has raised the stakes to unprecedented levels. Her actions have far-reaching implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s likely that fan-favorite timelines and characters will remain integral to the ongoing narrative of the Multiverse Saga. As the MCU continues to explore the intricacies of the multiverse, the role of General Dox and her impact on the greater cosmic landscape will undoubtedly become a focal point of the storytelling.