The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be much larger, with several MCU spinoff series planned for Disney’s streaming video service, Disney +. Among the performances will be Loki, a series focusing on titular Asgardian tricksters who have played a prominent role in the development of Marvel’s film version.
Tom Hiddleston will resume his MCU role for the series, according to the latest reports on the show. With the series expected to premiere in 2021, here’s all we know about Loki still.
Landing page official
On July 13, showrunner Michael Waldron revealed it Loki officially had its landing page on Disney +. He also used the moment to announce that Disney had designated the series as science fiction. Waldron doubled the designation, writing: “You know what they say about ̵6;sci-fi’: Expect the unexpected when it comes to science fiction.”
THIS YES THIS THISSSSSSS. pic.twitter.com/n3J0EuJPtX
– Cha #TeamLoki ☀️ (@amestris_star) July 13, 2020
We were all happy about the latest news that Paul Bettany had to cancel a comic book from July because of the movie from WandaVision. I have just learned that #Loki and #FalconAndtheWinterSoldier are also expected to continue filming in July. This is a new source for me and I have to keep it anonymous but I believe it! pic.twitter.com/nayj453ZaI
– Liz (@MsLizzieHill) June 5, 2020
According to entertainment reporter Liz Hill, Loki has been approved to resume filming in July. However, Disney has not yet confirmed this report. No word yet on how the production delays will affect the release date 2021.
New pictures from the set Loki has appeared and really seems to annoy a popular premise from the series. Sophia Di Martino is in a suit similar to Loki’s Asgardian costume. Maybe she’s a completely different character, or maybe she’s a trickster herself, turned into a woman. In the series and in Nordic mythology, Loki can change his form – as we have seen in MCU when he took Odin’s form to rule Asgard for a while. But he can also turn into a woman. There is no confirmation, but it looks like Di Martino’s character may be Lady Loki. See the pictures below.
LADY LOKI? pic.twitter.com/mQzocQm7rt
– Marvel News (@BRMarvelNews) March 4, 2020
Loki, Loki, Loki pic.twitter.com/CIl5vsbv14
– friend (@hiddlesgold) March 4, 2020
Super Bowl spot
Disney teased several new series that came to its Disney + streaming platform, including Loki, WandaVisionand Falcon and winter soldier, in a 30-second place during Super Bowl LIV on February 2nd. While the Asgardian trickster is only in place for a moment, he reckons with an unfortunate proclamation: “I will burn this place to the ground. “We also see flashes of a few different logos for the series, a suitable touch for a character who can multiply himself.
Tom Hiddleston will return to play the trickster god who has plagued MCU for the past decade or so, but he will not be traveling alone.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the latest addition to the show, after a variety report confirmed her cast. As usual with Marvel, details about her character are kept under the cover.
Zoolander and Wedding spoiler star Owen Wilson will reportedly play an unidentified role in the series, according to Variety. The nature of Wilson’s role is a secret at this time, but if the report turns out to be true, it will be the actor’s first role in a prominent superhero role.
In November 2019, Variety reported that the British actress Sophia Di Martino, best known for the TV show Flowers and Danny Boyle’s Beatles-themed comedy Yesterday, was also in talks to join Hiddleston Loki.
The identity of Di Martino’s character is also unknown, but it is expected to co-star with Hiddleston.
A Golden Globes interview in October 2020 also confirmed that Sasha Lane, Amazonas Utopia, will also play an unknown role.
During Marvel Studios’ panel at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, the studio unveiled its Phase 4 plans for MCU, which included Loki and other Disney + projects in addition to the features of the big screen.
There’s just one more thing … #SDCC pic.twitter.com/0Q3F4AZJLg
– Dustin Sandoval (@DustinMSandoval) July 21, 2019
Marvel’s timeline indicates that Loki will make its debut in the spring of 2021, sometime between the theater debut on 7 May Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the summer premiere of Marvel’s What if? anthology series.
Marvel also unveiled the official logo for Loki under the studio’s Comic-Con panel.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ LOKI, an original series featuring Tom Hiddleston. Streaming exclusively at Disney +, Spring 2021. pic.twitter.com/Ntb8g9SSwq
– 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, vicious manner, while others criticized it as one of the few Marvel graphics missing the mark.
Where (and when) it fits
Loki developed as a character quite a bit through MCU’s timeline and started as the wonderfully entertaining, charismatic villain introduced in Thorns 2011, to realize his heroic potential Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. But Marvel turned the clock on the trickster Avengers: Endgame, which had prompted Loki to acquire an Infinity Stone shortly after the events of 2012 The Avengers and teleport itself to unknown parts.
The Loki the series takes up after that point in the MCU timeline, with the title character jumping from one place to another with the powerful artifact – Infinity Stone known as The Tesseract – and engaging in what are likely to be all sorts of schemes.
“You saw Avengers, right? He’s still that guy, “Hiddleston explained to the audience on Marvel’s Comic-Con panel. “And almost the last thing that happened to him was that he was Hulk-crushed, so there is a lot of psychological development that has not happened yet, but [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige] has generously shown me what his plans are – I can not tell them anything – but it is one of the most exciting creative opportunities I have ever encountered. ”
Speaking as a guest on the Forever Dogs Podcast in March 2020, Michael Waldron revealed that the show would hang on to Loki’s “struggle with identity”.
“I think it’s the struggle with identity, who you are, who you want to be,” he said. “I’m really drawn to characters who fight for control. Sure you see that with Loki during the first ten years of movies – he is out of control in important parts of his life, he was adopted and everything, and it manifests itself through anger and defiance of his family.
A matter of time
The first image and an early logo for Loki series were unveiled during Walt Disney Company Investors’ Day in June 2019, and they ended up online (as everything does). Although the updates were exciting, the most interesting element may be in the background of the photo.
Marvel Studios unveils first look at Disney +’s new series ‘Loki’
(via @Disney | https://t.co/qfmoXFD8Ai) pic.twitter.com/SINGFg7EfB
– Fandom (@getFANDOM) June 9, 2019
The picture has Loki star Tom Hiddleston walks down the street during what appears to be 1975 – the year Steven Spielbergs Jaws meet theaters. This suggests that rumors of a time travel element in the series may indeed be true (unless it’s a flashback, of course).
This follows well with an early overview for the series that indicated Loki would follow the title character when he “appears through human history as [an] unlikely influencer of historical events. ”
How he ends up with the ability to travel through time in addition to teleporting through space is still a mystery.
Behind the camera
Michael Waldron, a writer and producer on the upcoming season of Cartoon Network’s disrespectful sci-fi comedy Rick & Morty, will monitor Loki according to The Hollywood Reporter. Waldron will write the serial pilot, act as showrunner and act as 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: Added that Sasha Lane has joined the roles.