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Even though fans witnessed the Endgame for a few of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Earth will continue to spin on for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There is no better proof than the plethora of programming scheduled for Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+, set for release on November 12.
Among the new series premiering over the next few years will be Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston. Since his debut in 2011’s Thor, Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki has been a core reason for the MCU’s success. While one can argue the God of Mischief takes center stage in any arena he enters, this new series will make it official. We’ve scoured anywhere and everywhere to find out everything we can about this new series. Here’s what we know so far.
Loki will premiere in the spring of 2021 with six episodes. So far, Tom Hiddleston and Sophia Di Martino are the only announced cast members.
You will be able to access Loki on Disney+ via iOS devices, Apple TV, Android mobile, Android TV, Roku, PS4, and Xbox One.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Wait? Didn’t Loki die? In Thor: The Dark World? No. He faked his death. Didn’t he die in Avengers: Infinity War? Yes, that time he died. Then what’s going on here? Well, if you walked out of Endgame crying your eyes out, as many of us did, then it was probably during your ride/walk home when you blurted out, “Wait! Didn’t Loki take the Tesseract and disappear? What happened?” You will get your answers within this show.
During the Marvel panel at SDCC, Hiddleston made it clear that the Loki we’re getting isn't the one who learned about redemption and loss. He is the Loki who just wanted to rule.
“You guys saw Avengers. So he’s still that guy," Hiddleston said. "And just about the last thing that happened to him was [getting] Hulk-smashed. So there’s a lot of psychological evolution that is still yet to happen. Kevin has generally shown me what his plans are. I can’t tell you any of them, but it is one of the most exciting creative opportunities I think I’ve ever come across. [Loki the series] is new territory, a new world, new challenges, and I cannot wait to get started.”
“The question I got asked more than any other question in Endgame was 'Where did Loki go, what happened to Loki?'” Feige added. “This series will answer where he went.”
Fans first heard the news about Loki in August 2018, at the same time that Disney announced the streaming service's impending arrival. According to Hiddleston, he knew about the series much earlier that year. Unfortunately for him, it was right before the start of a Marvel press tour for Avengers: Infinity War. Hiddleston had to flat-out lie regarding Loki’s fate.
“I knew about six weeks before the worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War," he told MTV. "Which meant I had to go and do press for Avengers: Infinity War going, 'Yup, that's it, guys.’”
When you think of Loki, it’s hard to imagine someone telling him what to do and have him listen. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have no choice. Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty) will act as showrunner for the series and will be writing the first episode. Kate Herron (Netflix’s Sex Education) will direct the entire series.
So far, Hiddleston, Waldron, and Herron are the only announced members of “Team Loki” (well, we mean Kevin Feige, too, but that’s a bit of a given). As more cast and crew announcements release, we’ll have them posted here.
When Disney first announced the series, fan theories came out of the woodwork. One of the most popular was Loki acting as a prequel series featuring a young version of the God of Mischief, with Hiddleston only doing a voiceover. Once Endgame revealed a version of Loki was alive, the door opened for anything. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the show will follow Loki as the trickster and shape-shifter pop up throughout human history as an unlikely influence on historical events.”
Now that we know which Loki we will see in the new series, the biggest question is how he will grow. Will he eventually learn the same lessons his “predecessor” did to become a hero? Or will the power of the Tesseract take him down a path even darker than he originally planned?
In a profile of Disney+ done by Bloomberg, Feige confirmed that Loki would tie into the Phase 4 movies, specifically Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. "I’m not sure we’ve acknowledged that before,” he said. “But it does.”
The release of Disney+ also brought a new mini-documentary chronicling the new Marvel series coming to the service. In talking about Loki, Producer Stephen Broussard said, "There's a huge time-travel component. There will be a man-on-the-run quality to it, and we get the chance to explore more human sides of Loki." Producer Kevin Wright added, "We're finally going to see him on his back foot. [It's Loki ] put in a position where he doesn't have all the answers and where he's been thrown a curveball by life." (via comicbookmovie.com)
Actress Sophia Di Martino (Yesterday) is the second cast member announced for the series. Right now, her specific role is currently unknown. (via Variety)
ComicBook.Com has learned Owen Wilson will be joining the series in an undisclosed role.
During this year's Super Bowl, Disney released a trailer for all of its Marvel Disney+ shows. Check out the first look at Loki.
The Illuminderdi is reporting Kang the Conquerer will make his MCU debut within the series. With time travel basically the main plot device of the show, there's probably no better time (other than Avengers: Endgame, which also dabbled with time travel just a little bit).
Just Jared posted the following on Twitter, showing the beginning of filming for the series. The picture shows Loki in business casual gear (or is it business professional? Ties always throw us off), and Owen Wilson, who was more prepared for the weather.
Do you have more questions? Rest assured, once we have the answers, so will you. Keep looking at this space for more updates on Loki.