Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief is finally stepping out of his brother’s shadow for an action-packed streaming series on Disney Plus, which looks set to be one of Marvel’s most experimental releases to date.
The show sees a younger version of Loki plucked out of the year 2012 by an organisation called the Time Variance Authority, which enlists him to carry out missions that will repair the broken MCU timeline.
Expect a narrative that will take the charming trickster to several distinct eras in Marvel history, with plenty of twists and double-crosses along the way. This is Loki, after all.
Loki is the first Marvel TV series on Disney Plus to launch mid-week, ditching the Friday slot favoured by WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for a less competitive Wednesday release.
If you just can’t wait for the show’s June premiere, Disney Plus is hosting weekly watch parties of movies featuring Loki, so that fans can brush up on his previous adventures and get hyped for what’s to come.
Here’s all your essential information about Loki’s TV series including release date, new trailer and cast. Plus, while you wait why not have a Marvel Cinematic Universe marathon using our Marvel movies order guide.
When is Loki TV series released on Disney Plus?
Marvel’s Loki series will now premiere on Disney Plus on Wednesday 9th June 2021, following a surprise move to two days earlier than originally planned.
Tom Hiddleston himself confirmed the news, revealing that his spin-off show will be the first Marvel Studios original series not to be released on Fridays (breaking from the trend set by WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier).
No reason was given for the shift but some fans have speculated it could be to avoid a clash with Star Wars: The Bad Batch (releasing Fridays) and Marvel’s own Black Widow, which will arrive on Premier Access while Loki is still airing.
Loki will consist of six episodes in total, each one clocking in between 40 and 50 minutes, placing the series at a similar duration to recently concluded thriller The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Assuming that the series sticks to its weekly release schedule with no interruptions, this means that the finale will likely air on Wednesday 21st July 2021.
It seems likely that Loki will return for a second season on Disney Plus, with industry trade Deadline Hollywood recently reporting that writer Michael Waldron will be involved “in some capacity”.
Nate Moore, Marvel Studios VP of Production and Development, told IndieWire: “I think there’s a lot of storytelling in Loki that’s really irreverent and clever and cool, but also lends itself to multiple seasons in a way where it’s not a one-off.
“Tom Hiddleston, I think, is doing some of his best work on that show. It really is kind of amazing. I think of all the great stuff he’s done, but this show is going to show such different sides and really the true scope of his range. I think that show is going to surprise a lot of people.”
Loki TV series story: What is Loki about?
Let’s just address the elephant in the room: Loki is dead, isn’t he? Apparently not! The anti-hero died in 2011’s Thor only to be later resurrected in the post-credits scene. He also faked his death in Thor: The Dark World, in order to usurp the throne of Asgard. Thanos actually said “no more resurrections” when he snapped Loki’s neck in Infinity War, but the God of Mischief has bounced back regardless – although technically, Loki hasn’t been resurrected in this new series.
Instead, he’s been extracted from an earlier point in the MCU timeline. You’ll remember when Iron Man, Captain America and Ant-Man time travelled back to 2012 to get the Infinity Stone in Avengers: Endgame. In doing so, they found themselves in the events of The Avengers, when Loki had the stone and used it to escape after being captured. As a result, this younger version of Loki is more villainous than the version seen in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.
An official synopsis has been released for the Loki TV series: “Picking up immediately after Loki steals the Tesseract (again),” it reads, “he finds himself called before the Time Variance Authority, a bureaucratic organisation that exists outside of time and space, forced to answer for his crimes against the timeline and given a choice: face deletion from reality or assist in catching an even greater threat.” The full-length trailer also did a nice job at explaining this premise (embedded lower on this page).
When the younger version of Loki escaped imprisonment in 2021, he caused a break in reality itself and that put him on the radar of the Time Variance Authority, a secret organisation whose job it is to “protect the proper flow of time”.
With TVA officer Mobius M Mobius keeping a close eye on him, the God of Mischief has no choice but to go along with the missions they plan to send him on – but you can bet he’ll be plotting a way out very carefully all the while.
While Loki stepped into a (slightly) more heroic light during the events of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, this incarnation of the character will be more overtly villainous and selfish.
“You guys saw [2012’s original] Avengers, right?” Hiddleston told crowds at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con. “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 has generously 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.”
Loki’s activities with the TVA are expected to span a wide timeline, with one previously seen image showing the mischievous antihero in what looks like 1970s America, standing in front of a billboard advertising Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
Meanwhile, a clip included in the recent trailer shows Loki sitting with a red-headed woman, who bears a striking resemblance to Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, while their surroundings look similar to the remote planet of Vormir where the spy sacrificed her life in Endgame.
It remains to be seen whether that is actually Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff or simply a misdirect (some fans have suggested it’s Sophia Di Martino as Lady Loki) but it’s certainly an interesting tease of the unpredictable directions this series could head in.
Loki TV series cast
- Tom Hiddleston – Loki
- Owen Wilson – Mobius M. Mobius
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Judge Renslayer aka Ravonna
- Wunmi Mosaku – Hunter B-15
- Sophia Di Martino – possible female version of Loki
- Richard E.Grant – undisclosed role
- Sasha Lane – undisclosed role
- Cailey Fleming – undisclosed role
- Erika Coleman – undisclosed role
Of course, Tom Hiddleston is set to reprise his role as the titular god of mischief, who finds himself in his most challenging predicament yet when he finds himself in the custody of the Time Variance Authority (or TVA).
Owen Wilson was also announced as one of the top agents at the fantasy organisation aka Mobius M Mobius, a character introduced in the first teaser trailer.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and the Beast, Black Mirror) will star as TVA judge Ravonna Lexus Renslayer and has been featured prominently in the trailers released thus far, while Wunmi Mosaku (Lovecraft Country) will play another member of the organisation.
It has also been announced British star Sophia Di Martino has joined Loki’s cast. In what role? We not yet sure, but some have speculated that she could play a female incarnation of the titular mischief-maker.
Richard E. Grant (Logan) and Sasha Lane (Utopia) have also joined the project, with some fans theorising that Grant could be an older version of Loki, but their roles remain unconfirmed for the time being.
Meanwhile, rumours are circulating that Jaimie Alexander could be returning to her Lady Sif role for the Loki series, while The GWW has reported that the show could introduce Sera as the MCU’s first transgender character.
Loki TV series trailer
The first full-length trailer for Marvel’s Loki formally introduces the world to the Time Variance Authority, a mysterious organisation that the God of Mischief now finds himself working for.
Disney has since unveiled a shorter teaser for the show that sees Loki once again utter a memorable line from 2012’s The Avengers, where he was the main villain: “I am Loki and I am burdened with glorious purpose.”
That makes sense given that this version of Loki has been snatched out of the time stream from immediately after the events of Marvel Studios’ first ever team flick (as seen in 2019’s Endgame).
Previously, Disney had released an “exclusive clip” – essentially a teaser trailer – which gave a more cryptic look at the upcoming series, spiralling out of a scene from Avengers: Endgame.
Marvel has also released a wild Loki poster featuring the show’s cast and… a cartoon clock with arms and legs. Just in case you hadn’t grasped yet that this show is going to be weird….
Is the Loki TV series connected to Doctor Strange 2?
It was confirmed long ago that the Marvel TV shows on Disney+ would be “entirely interwoven” in the MCU, thus playing an integral role in setting up the blockbusters of Phase Four.
One theory suggests that Loki will return to the main MCU timeline with an alternate Mjolnir, ready to kickstart Jane Foster’s tenure as The Mighty Thor.
Disney’s Bob Iger has already confirmed the Loki TV series will connect to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will also feature Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch in a key role following the events of WandaVision.
Who is creating the Loki TV series?
Community’s Michael Waldron is head writer on Loki alongside Kate Herron as director. Waldron is also a writer on Doctor Stranger in the Multiverse of Madness, which is handy given the links to the upcoming Marvel movie.
Marvel’s Loki premieres exclusively on Disney Plus on Wednesday 9th June.
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