The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a big presence on Disney’s streaming video service, Disney+, with multiple MCU spinoff series planned for the service. Among the confirmed shows will be Loki, a series focusing on the titular, Asgardian trickster who debuted in 2011’s Thor and played a prominent role in the evolution of Marvel’s movie-verse.
Tom Hiddleston will star in the series, which follows Loki as he uses the Infinity Stone he acquired in Avengers: Endgame to hop around the universe engaging in various adventures. With the series expected to premiere in 2021, here’s everything we know about Loki so far.
During Marvel Studios’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, the studio revealed its Phase 4 plans for the MCU, which included Loki and other Disney+ projects in addition to its big-screen features.
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Marvel’s timeline indicates that Loki will debut in spring 2021, at some point between the May 7 theatrical debut of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the summer premiere of Marvel’s What If? anthology series.
Marvel also revealed the official logo for the Loki series during the studio’s Comic-Con panel.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
The logo elicited a polarizing public response, with some praising its asymmetrical design as a reference to the character’s chaotic, mischief-making ways, while others criticized it as one of the few Marvel graphics to miss the mark.
Where (and when) it fits
Loki evolved as a character quite a bit over the course of the MCU’s evolution, beginning as the wonderfully entertaining, charismatic villain introduced in 2011’s Thor, only to realize his heroic potential in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. However, Marvel turned back the clock on the trickster in Avengers: Endgame, which had Loki acquire an Infinity Stone just after the events of 2012’s The Avengers and teleport himself to parts unknown.
The Loki series picks up after that point in the MCU timeline, with the title character hopping from one place to another with the powerful artifact — the Infinity Stone known as The Tesseract — and engaging in what’s likely to be all manner of schemes.
“You guys saw Avengers, right? He’s still that guy,” Hiddleston explained to the audience at Marvel’s Comic-Con panel. “And just about the last thing that happened to him was that he got Hulk-smashed, so there’s a lot of psychological evolution that hasn’t happened yet, but [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige] has generously showed 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.”
A question of time
The first image and an early logo for the Loki series were revealed during Walt Disney Company Investors’ Day in June 2019, and they subsequently ended up online (as all things do). Although the updates were intriguing, the most interesting element might be in the background of the photo.
Marvel Studios reveals first look at the new 'Loki' series for Disney+
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The image features Loki star Tom Hiddleston walking down the street during what appears to be 1975 — the year Steven Spielberg’s Jaws hit theaters. This suggests that the rumors of a time-travel element in the series could indeed be true (unless it’s actually a flashback, of course).
This tracks well with an early synopsis for the series that indicated Loki would follow the title character as he “pops up throughout human history as [an] unlikely influencer on historical events.”
How he ends up with the ability to travel through time in addition to teleporting through space remains a mystery.
Behind the camera
Michael Waldron, a writer and producer on the upcoming season of Cartoon Network’s irreverent sci-fi comedy Rick & Morty, will oversee the Loki series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Waldron will write the series pilot, act as showrunner, and serve as executive producer. Waldron previously developed a pilot for Showtime, and is currently working a series called Florida Man with director Steven Soderbergh.
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