Marvel Studios has managed to really throw fans for a loop with its line-up of Disney+ exclusive series and, for some, by their mere announcement alone. For instance, when we first heard, in November 2018, that Tom Hiddleston would be starring in his own TV spin-off, most fans were under the impression that his run as Loki had ended when the character died by hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
In fact, this was only the first MCU canon show that confusingly promised the return of a character whose fate was seemingly sealed in the 2018 blockbuster, before Paul Bettany was confirmed for the cast of WandaVision. Just like that bizarre sitcom homage, there is still plenty about this new series, featuring Thor’s troublesome adoptive brother in the spotlight, which remains shrouded in mystery as we wait for its official release.
So, just what can be said about Loki now without causing any mischief? We shall break down all the known details regarding the series that have either been confirmed or teased for you below, starting with the best answer we can give to the long, long standing question over when it will finally appear.
Loki Will Debut On Disney+ In May 2021
The release date for Loki was stuck in TBA status for a while, with the Covid-19 outbreak pausing the Atlanta shoot (as well as that of several other Marvel shows) after two months of filming. Production would continue in September 2020 and wrap up in December, at which point a May 2021 release was confirmed.
We are still not sure which day of that month the show will drop on Disney+ at the moment. Fortunately there is still enough behind-the-scenes information that has been revealed to keep us excited, for the time being.
Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw And More Join Tom Hiddleston In The Loki Cast
In addition to Tom Hiddleston as the title character, of course, Loki will feature a stellar supporting cast in roles that, for many, still have yet to be disclosed. Among those confirmed to appear are Gugu Mbatha-Raw of Black Mirror and The Morning Show fame, Lovecraft Country star Wunmi Mosaku, Sophia Di Martino from Into the Badlands, and Oscar-nominee Richard E. Grant, who played General Pryde in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Easily the most surprising (and indirectly hilarious) casting addition is Owen Wilson, whom Tom Hiddleston famously does a killer impersonation of, as Mobius M. Mobius. Also working on Loki from behind the camera are director Kate Herron, known for Netflix’s Daybreak and Sex Education, and Rick and Morty producer Michael Waldron as showrunner.
The Series Follows Loki After The Events Of Avengers: Endgame
As previously mentioned, Loki’s announcement was met with initial confusion, as we had seen Tom Hiddleston’s character die just months before in Avengers: Infinity War. Although many fans rightfully had their doubts about his demise, a cameo in Avengers: Endgame (in which the Loki of 2012 escapes capture after the Chitauri’s defeat) seemed to explain that the show might not be a prequel, as others had speculated, after all.
Indeed, the series does take place after Avengers: Endgame, as implied by a clip of Tom Hiddleston’s cameo introducing the show’s trailer, which is followed by a dizzying assortment of hints to the odd sort of events Loki has in store, ending in the God of Mischief questioning what we expected. To be honest, I still don’t know exactly what to expect for this show, but I do know it will answer a few pressing questions.
Tom Hiddleston Says We'll Find Out What Loki Is Doing With The Tesseract
Loki achieves his escape in Avengers: Endgame by grabbing ahold of exactly what Tony Stark and co. traveled back to 2012 to retrieve: the power cosmic cube officially dubbed the Tesseract in the MCU. As soon as it falls out of the right hands and into his, he uses his powers to magically vanish to God knows where.
Well, the trailer for Loki gives us a faint idea of where he might be, but what he is using the Tesseract for now is the question. As Tom Hiddleston would confess (without giving much of anything else away) during a 2019 interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, the series will provide the answer, as well as a few other intriguing reveals.
Loki Will Also Focus On The Character’s Identity Struggles
Despite his many despicable acts over the years, Loki has never been a comic book movie villain entirely devoid of sympathy. It is hard not to feel bad for him after the abrupt discovery of his frost giant origins in the first Thor movie from 2010, which essentially drove him to become even more angry, but has rarely been referenced in the MCU since.
It appears that Loki will take advantage of that opportunity based on series showrunner Michael Waldron's comments on The Writers Panel podcast addressing how the character's "struggle with identity" is what initially drew him to the project. Of course, he would still remain very tight-lipped about other details, much like the show's star has been.
Tom Hiddleston Has Mentioned Loki Being “Six Hours”
In late 2019, before principal photography on Loki had begun, Tom Hiddleston spoke to MTV News, mainly to promote his role in the stage play Betrayal. However, the outlet managed to get a few words out of the actor about the Marvel series (more successfully than his chances at James Bond, at that), to which Hiddleston mentioned it would span "six hours." Now, this could easily be nothing more than a reference to the series' confirmed length of six one-hour episodes, but what if that applies to the story of Loki more literally than that?
The trailer sees Loki taken to TVA (the timeline monitoring organization "Time Variance Authority"), at which Mobius M. Mobius explains "time passes differently." Therefore, it is entirely possible that everything the first season covers truly takes place in only a matter of hours, but who knows? The possibilities with the MCU are maddening.
Loki Will Lead Into The Upcoming Doctor Strange Sequel
Madness is what Loki will lead us to next. Not that the show will be frustrating (we hope), but that it has been confirmed as a bridge of events setting up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - the direct sequel to the 2016 hit starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme.
The follow-up from Spider-Man and The Evil Dead director Sam Raimi, which is set for a 2022 release, is apparently also tied to Marvel's other Disney+ exclusive series, WandaVision, but Elizabeth Olsen's casting as Scarlet Witch remains the only clear hint of that, currently. Perhaps the ending of that series will have a few other mischievous tricks up its sleeve as well.
I don't know about you, but I really find it fascinating how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally brought its episodic style of storytelling to a medium in which that method has thrived the longest. Considering the unique, creative avenues that series like Loki seem to be taking with their stories, it almost makes me more excited than ever before to see what the future holds for this franchise. As always, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop here at CinemaBlend.