The Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting much bigger as multiple MCU spin-off series are slated for Disney + streaming video service from Disney. The shows include Loki, a series that focuses on the eponymous Asgardian trickster who played a prominent role in the development of Marvel's Movieverse.
Tom Hiddleston will repeat his MCU role for the series based on the latest reports on the show. With the series expected to premiere in 2021, here's everything we know about Loki so far.
Landing page official
On July 13, showrunner Michael Waldron announced that Loki officially had his landing page on Disney +. He also used the moment to point out that Disney had called the series science fiction. Waldron doubled the label, writing, "You know what they say about sci-fi: expect the unexpected when it comes to sci-fi."
THE YES THIS THISSSSSSS. pic.twitter.com/n3J0EuJPtX
– Cha #TeamLoki @ (@amestris_star) July 13, 2020
We were all excited about the recent news that Paul Bettany had to cancel because of WandaVision filming for a comic con in July. I just found out that #Loki and #FalconAndtheWinterSoldier will probably continue filming in July. This is a new resource for me and I need to keep it, but I believe it! pic.twitter.com/nayj453ZaI
– Liz (@MsLizzieHill) June 5, 2020
According to entertainment reporter Liz Hill, Loki was cleared to resume filming in July. Disney has not yet confirmed this report, however. No word yet on how the production delays will affect the 2021 release date.
New photos from the set of Loki have surfaced and certainly seem like a popular premise from the comics. Sophia Di Martino wears a costume that closely resembles Loki's Asgardian robe. Maybe she's a completely different character, or maybe she herself is the deceiver who has turned into a woman. In the comics and Norse mythology, Loki can change form – as we saw in the MCU when he took the form of Odin to rule Asgard for a while. But he can also turn into a woman. There's no confirmation, but it sure looks like Di Martino's character could be Lady Loki. See the photos below.
LADY LOKI? pic.twitter.com/mQzocQm7rt
– Marvel News (@BRMarvelNews) March 4, 2020
Loki, Loki, Loki pic.twitter.com/CIl5vsbv14
– ven (@hiddlesgold) March 4, 2020
Super Bowl Spot
During Super Bowl LIV on February 2, Disney brought several new series to its Disney + streaming platform, including Loki, WandaVision, Falcon and Winter Soldier. While the Asgardian trickster is only there for a moment, he makes it count with a sinister proclamation: "I will burn this place down." We also see flashes of a few different logos for the series, a decent note for a character that can self-procreate.
Tom Hiddleston will return to play the trickster god who plagued the MCU for the past decade, but he won't be making this journey alone.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the latest addition to the show after a Variety report confirmed her casting. As usual with Marvel, details about your character are kept secret.
Zoolander and Wedding Crashers star Owen Wilson will reportedly play an undisclosed role on the series, according to Variety. The nature of Wilson's role is a mystery at this point, but if the report turns out to be true, it will be the actor's first role in a celebrity superhero feature.
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In November 2019, Variety reported that British actress Sophia Di Martino, best known for the TV show Flowers and Danny Boyle's Beatles comedy Yesterday, also participated in talks with Hiddleston in Loki.
The identity of Di Martino's character is also unknown, but he is expected to star alongside Hiddleston.
An October 2020 Golden Globes interview also confirmed that Amazon Utopia's Sasha Lane will also play an undisclosed role.
During Marvel Studios' panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, the studio unveiled its Phase 4 plans for the MCU, which included Loki and other Disney + projects in addition to its large-screen capabilities.
There's only one more thing … #SDCC pic.twitter.com/0Q3F4AZJLg
– Dustin Sandoval (@DustinMSandoval) July 21, 2019
Marvel's timeline shows that Loki will debut in spring 2021, sometime between Doctor Strange's theatrical debut in the Multiversum of Madness on May 7th 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.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, LOKI by Marvel Studios, an original series with Tom Hiddleston. Streaming exclusively on Disney +, spring 2021. pic.twitter.com/Ntb8g9SSwq
– Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
The logo sparked a polarizing public reaction. Some praised its asymmetrical design as an indication of the character's messy, sinister methods, while others criticized it as one of the few Marvel graphics to miss the mark.
Where (and when) it fits
Loki has evolved as a character throughout the MCU timeline, starting as the wonderfully entertaining, charismatic villain who was introduced in Thor in 2011 to fulfill his heroic potential in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. However, Marvel turned back the clock on the Trickster in Avengers: Endgame, where Loki acquired an Infinity Stone shortly after the events of The Avengers 2012 and teleported to unknown parts.
The Loki series resumes after that point in the MCU timeline, with the title character jumping from one place to another with the powerful artifact – the Infinity Stone known as The Tesseract – engaging in likely all sorts of schemes.
“You saw Avengers, right? He's still that guy, ”Hiddleston told the audience at Marvel's Comic-Con panel. “And almost the last thing that happened to him was that he was Hulk-battered. So there are a lot of psychological developments that haven't happened yet, but (Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios) has generously shown me what his plans are – I can't tell you any of them – but it's one of the most exciting creative ways I've ever met "
Showrunner Michael Waldron spoke as a guest on the Forever Dogs Podcast in March 2020 that the show would depend on Loki's "struggle with identity".
"I think it's the struggle with who you are, who you want to be," he said. "I'm really drawn to characters struggling for control. You can see that for the first 10 years of the movie, Loki has gotten out of control, been adopted and all, in crucial areas of his life, and that manifests itself in anger and defiance towards his family. "
A question of time
The first image and early logo for the Loki series were revealed on Walt Disney Company Investors' Day in June 2019, and then ended up online (like everything) afterwards. While the updates were fascinating, the most interesting element could be in the background of the photo.
Marvel Studios unveils the first look at the new & # 39; Loki & # 39; Series for Disney +
(via @Disney | https://t.co/qfmoXFD8Ai) pic.twitter.com/SINGFg7EfB
– Fandom (@getFANDOM) June 9, 2019
The picture shows Loki star Tom Hiddleston walking down the street in 1975 – the year Steven Spielberg's Jaws hit theaters. This suggests that the rumors about a time travel element in the series might actually be true (unless it's actually a flashback).
This fits well with an early recap of the series, which indicated that Loki would follow the title character, as he "emerged as an (unlikely) factor influencing historical events throughout human history."
How he gets the ability to travel through time in addition to teleporting through space remains a mystery.
Behind the camera
Michael Waldron, the writer and producer of the upcoming season of Cartoon Network's irreverent science fiction comedy Rick & Morty, will direct the Loki series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Waldron will write the series pilot, act as the showrunner, and act as the executive producer.
Waldron previously developed a pilot for Showtime and is currently working on a series called Florida Man with director Steven Soderbergh.
Updated October 5, 2020: It has been added that Sasha Lane has joined the cast.