There’s a Loki TV series on the way to Disney+ from Marvel Studios! Tom Hiddleston will reprise his fan-favorite role as the God of Mischief, and as you can probably guess, the series is called…Loki.
Per THR, Michael Waldron, who was a writer on Rick And Morty Season 4, has penned Loki, and is the overall creator of the series. Waldron’s working a double shift for Marvel, as he’s also retooling the script for Doctor Strange 2! Busy man. Hey, could this mean the sequel ties into Loki as well as its sibling Disney+ series, WandaVision? Hmm!
Waldron has recently been chatting about the project with the Forever Dogs podcast:
“I think [Loki] is the struggle with identity, who you are, who you want to be. I’m really drawn to characters who are fighting for control. Certainly you see that with Loki over the first ten years of movies, he’s out of control at pivotal parts of his life, he was adopted and everything and that manifests itself through anger and spite towards his family.”
The first wave of Marvel’s planned Disney+ shows are all off the starting blocks now. WandaVision has Captain Marvel scribe Jac Schaeffer, and the The Falcon and The Winter Soldier series has Empire‘s Malcolm Spellman. Meanwhile, Kate Herron is directing all six episodes of this Loki series, and also serves as executive producer.
Read everything else you need to know about Loki below…
The first footage from Marvel’s Loki TV show on Disney+ arrived at the Super Bowl (alongside our first looks at WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). Check it out here!
Loki Release Date
Loki will be released sometime in spring 2021.
Tom Hiddleston will of course return, but something tells us that other Asgardians, and perhaps even other members of the MCU, will make appearances at appropriate (or inappropriate) times.
Owen Wilson, who has spent time in the Disney trenches as the voice of Lightning McQueen in the Cars franchise, has joined the cast in an unknown role (via ComicBook). It seems that Marvel is intent on keeping any potential new characters under wraps until much closer to the series’ 2021 release.
Variety reported back in November that Sophia Di Martino will co-star with Hiddleston, although her role at this time remains unknown.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined the show in a secretive role. The actress is probably best known for her starring part in the standout Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero’ but she’s recently appeared in Apple’s The Morning Show and popped up opposite Edward Norton in Motherless Brooklyn.
Richard E. Grant has joined the cast, according to The Wrap. Those in the know are staying quiet about who he’s playing in the series, but we’ll update you as more information becomes available.
It was confirmed at D23 that Loki will consist of six episodes.
The official synopsis from Disney doesn’t say too much…
“In Marvel Studios’ Loki, the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.”
But THR‘s sources say Marvel’s vision for the series “will follow Loki as the trickster and shape-shifter pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.”
At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Tom Hiddleston revealed just how Loki will be able to get his own TV show despite being a very dead god of mischief. As many have speculated, the Loki of Loki will be the 2012 version as seen in Avengers: Endgame. Hiddleston describes him as not a good guy. “The last thing that happened to him is he got Hulk smashed. There’s a lot of psychological evolution that is still yet to happen.”
“The question I got asked more than any other after Endgame is where did Loki go? What happened to Loki?” Kevin Feige said at SDCC. “This series will tell you what happened to Loki right after that. He goes to a number of places.”
While comics crew the Time Variance Authority has already been noted for inclusion in the series, we are now able to include its enforcing officers, the Minutemen, too. The Minutemen first popped up in in Fantastic Four #352, and they mostly consist of ‘expendable’ creations like robots, clones and cyborgs. IMDb lists stuntpeople Chris Brewster and Isabelle Fretheim having already been cast as Minutemen.
The TVA and its Minutemen will likely be after Loki, who scarpered with the Tesseract during the time heist in Avengers: Endgame. But will they be friends or foes?