Thor’s troublesome adoptive brother low-key died at the beginning of Infinity War, but that won’t stop Loki from returning soon on the upcoming streaming service Disney+.
However, 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?
Following Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki will be the second Marvel TV show to hit Disney+ when it debuts in spring 2021.
As it arrives around the same time as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, 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...
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.
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 returns on the show.
At the end of Endgame, old man Steve recalled how he travelled through time to return all of the infinity stones back where they belonged. 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’s 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 want to go real 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.
Loki trailer: When can I watch it?
We probably won't see any footage from Loki until at least the end of 2020 once it's begun filming. On the plus side though, Loki impersonator Matt Damon will soon reprise a different Loki role in the upcoming 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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