The Marvel Cinematic Universe's God of Mischief is on his way back to the screen, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his iconic role as Loki for a Disney+ TV show. He won't be in the background of Thor's story or just a villain this time around, though, and the show isn't set before the events of Avengers: Endgame turned the timeline upside down. The first trailer (seen above) for Loki reveals the alternate timeline insanity that's on the way, and sooner than you might think.
Loki is coming to Disney+ in May 2021, just a few months after the first original debuts with WandaVision. Tom Hiddleston will be joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant. Speaking at Disney Investor Day 2020, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige shared:
And speaking of fan favorite characters: Loki. The God of Mischief will step out of his brother's shadow and into his own series on Disney+ in May of next year. The great Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki... As with our other shows coming to Disney+, we want to try something a little different, explore a new genre first at Marvel Studios. So we put Loki in the center of his own crime thriller. If that sounds a little unusual, confusing, don't worry. Loki's just as confused.
Marvel and Kevin Feige aren't expecting fans to go into Loki already up on the alternate timeline craziness going in, and all the footage doesn't need to make sense to be pretty awesome. For now, you can find Loki's earlier shenanigans (some more villainous than others) with the MCU content streaming on Disney+. The May release date might actually be the most surprising element of the Loki trailer and announcement, all things considered.
Any series centered on Loki was bound to be bonkers, especially with the alternate timeline complications that are part of the mix. It makes sense that nothing makes sense in the trailer. Considering how little news has leaked regarding Loki compared to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and even Hawkeye, I was beginning to think that production had barely even started on the Tom Hiddleston series.
Of course, Disney+ now has a full slate of series in the works, so it's only natural that the first few that were announced are releasing relatively soon. WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki will be joined by What If..., Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, and She-Hulk (starring an actress who previously claimed she wasn't attached) among others.
After 2020 went almost entirely without new Marvel releases, fans can look forward to no fewer than three in 2021, starting with WandaVision in January, continuing with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in March, and then getting to Loki in May. If you need some Marvel content to pass the time, you can find plenty of MCU action already streaming on Disney+. For some additional viewing options, be sure to check out our 2021 winter and spring premiere schedule.