Tom Hiddleston's character won't be the same one who redeemed himself at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. Instead, Loki will focus on an alternate version of the villain from Endgame, one who survived those messy time-travel antics with the Tesseract in hand.
It's fitting, then, that Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron has been hired to oversee Loki's small-screen debut. Like Rick, the God of Mischief also manipulates the people he loves and it seems likely that Loki's show will play around with misdirection too.
Join us as we cut through the confusion and keep you updated on everything you need to know about Loki, the mischievous show soon heading to Disney+.
Loki release date: When will it premiere?
Falcon and the Winter Soldier was scheduled to be the first Marvel show to hit Disney+ this year, followed by Loki in spring 2021. But filming for the former in Puerto Rico has been put on hold after not one but two earthquakes, and the coronavirus has led Marvel to halt production on all its Disney+ shows, meaning everything is up in the air.
Loki was due to arrive around the same time as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so there's a chance that the two could connect in some way. After all, Loki is no stranger to magic and the alternate timeline that his show explores could draw the attention of a certain Sorcerer Supreme.
The wheels are already in motion: Hiddleston shared the following photo back in December with the caption: "Team Loki. Prep has officially begun! See you in the New Year."
And Russell Bobbitt, head of props at Marvel, has also been busy, sharing a first-look at Loki's sceptre with the caption: "Loki... I am back."
Hiddleston, who admitted that he "knew [it was happening] about six weeks before the worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War", also previously teased that the series will be "six hours" long, so expect six shiny new episodes.
Loki cast: Who will be in it?
The only cast member confirmed to appear so far in Loki is Tom Hiddleston, although he'll be playing a different version of the character than we've become used to. Without the redemptive arc he enjoyed in recent films like Thor: Ragnarok, this new Loki will hark back to the sneaky anti-hero we last saw in the first Avengers movie.
Chatting at San Diego Comic-Con (via Collider), Hiddleston said: "I feel like I know him. I've been playing him for 10 years now, and that's crazy to me.
"By the time it's out, I'll be 40. When I was cast I was 29, which is a great chunk of my life…but the point is, there's a sense of 'I know this character now, I feel the audience knows him'.
"Playing him, and playing him truthfully, but presenting him with new challenges which then have to change him in different ways is the most exciting aspect of it. You have his specific gifts, his intelligence, his treachery, his mischief, his magic, and then seeing him come up against more formidable opponents the like of which he has never seen or known."
It's safe to say that Loki will be up to no good in his new show, so who will try to rein him in? It's likely that possible guest appearances could include some of Loki's fellow Asgardians like Thor or Valkyrie, but story-wise it actually makes more sense if Captain America makes an appearance.
At the end of Endgame, old man Steve recalled how he travelled through time to return all of the Infinity Stones to their rightful places. Given that his mission was a success, Cap must have encountered Loki at some point on his travels and the Russo brothers seem to agree, hinting as much in a recent interview with Business Insider.
If that is true, then this may not be the last we've seen of America's ass, after all.
Loki plot: What will happen?
The Tesseract provides Loki with the power to travel anywhere in space, but when we finally catch up with him on Disney+, it looks like the God of Mischief will be able to travel through time as well.
The official synopsis teases as much, suggesting that Loki will deliberately work to influence key moments throughout history. How he gains that power remains to be seen, but it's not a stretch to imagine him meddling with important events like this. Don't be surprised if the Avengers wake up one day to find out that Loki's face is plastered all over Mount Rushmore.
The first leaked image from the show confirms that one of Loki's destinations will be 1975 thanks to a Jaws billboard spotted in the background. If Marvel wants to go really meta, then Loki could visit Jaws director Steven Spielberg decades before Hiddleston went on to work with him on War Horse.
Whatever happens, we're certain that Loki will have mischief on the brain and maybe even revenge too. Bear in mind that this is the guy who got Hulk-smashed over and over in the most humiliating way possible. Don’t be surprised if he's out to reclaim his dignity and prove his divine worth.
"You guys saw Avengers right?" Hiddleston said at San Diego Comic-Con (via Bleeding Cool). "So he's still that guy. And just about the last thing that happened to him was he got Hulk-smashed. So there's a lot of psychological evolution that is still yet to happen.
"Kevin [Feige] 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. This is new territory, a new world, new challenges, and I cannot wait to get started."
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about his character, he added: "Loki... is such a classical character. [Thor and Loki], they're from Norse myths – they have a kind of gravitas to them. Loki is the god of mischief."
Loki trailer: When can I watch it?
We probably won't see any footage from Loki until at least the end of 2020. On the plus side though, Loki impersonator Matt Damon reprised a different Loki role in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which is essentially the next best thing.
Loki is set to premiere on Disney+ in spring 2021.
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