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Loki TV series release date, cast, trailer and latest news on Marvel spin-off

Tom Hiddleston is hopping through time for the new Marvel TV series Loki which premieres in June on Disney+.

Loki TV show (Tom Hiddleston)

Who knew Loki was such a trickster? Oh right, yes, absolutely everyone. Forget we asked.

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But even before his Disney Plus series has come to air he’s already pulling the rug out from under us, with Marvel making the surprise announcement that new episodes of the twisty fantasy drama will be released on Wednesdays – not the usual Fridays used for The Mandalorian, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And, of course, that means we’re now watching the first episode a whole two days earlier. Hooray!

Tom Hiddleston has played Loki in six Marvel movies, starting with Thor in 2011 and ending with Avenges: Endgame. Whether he’s playing the Avengers ally or their nemesis he’s always been fun so it’s not too surprising Marvel decided to give him his own Marvel TV series on Disney Plus,. That element of fun will probably stretch its muscles too. Hiddleston has said the TV series will have “more mischief”, and perhaps that’s to be expected with showrunner Michael Waldron previously working on Community and Rick and Morty.

Here’s everything we know about Loki’s TV series from release date, to the new trailer and cast. Plus, while you wait why not binge every Marvel movie (and series) using our Marvel movies order guide.

When is Loki TV series released on Disney Plus?

Loki TV series will premiere on Disney Plus on Wednesday 9th June, 2021. The new show is just one of 10 new Marvel series announced for Disney Plus. 

Previously, the show was due on the Friday, but, in a surprise twist worthy of Loki himself, Disney Plus shifted the date to two days earlier. Going forward, unlike preceding Marvel shows WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, new episodes will arrive once a week on Wednesdays, rather than the usual Fridays. This means that the finale will likely air on Wednesday 21st July. Confused? Well, here’s Tom Hiddleston to explain it to you.

Loki TV series story: What is Loki about?

Low key

Let’s just address the elephant in the room, Loki died didn’t he? The anti-hero died in Thor only to be later resurrected in the post-credits. He also faked his death in Thor: The Dark World. Thanos actually said “no more resurrections” in reference to Loki’s inability to stay dead in Avengers: Infinity War.

In the new series Loki hasn’t been resurrected, he’s just been taken from an earlier timeline. You’ll remember when Iron Man, Captain America and Ant-Man time travelled back 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. This Loki is back to his more villainous ways, and we’re unsure how this Loki impacts the later Loki’s death…So that’s the set up but what’s this new series all about?

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 organization 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 latest trailer also did a nice job at explaining the premise for the high-concept new series.

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 previously seen image showing the mischievous antihero in what looks like 1970s America, standing in front of a billboard advertising Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

Loki (Disney Plus) - Potential Black Widow cameo
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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, 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, but their roles remain top secret for the time being. It’s thought Grant could be an older version of Loki and Lane a female version. It’s also been reported by The GWW that Loki could introduce Sera as the MCU’s first transgender character.

Loki TV series trailer

The first official trailer for Marvel’s Loki formally introduces the world to the Time Variance Authority, where the God of Mischief now finds himself trapped.

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.

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 setting up Phase 4.

There’s been no official confirmation but it has been rumoured that the Loki TV series could sit just before Thor: Love and Thunder in the Marvel movies in order. If Loki returns to the main MCU timeline this could work. Loki returning with an alternate Mjolnir ready kickstart Jane Foster becoming 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 include The Scarlet Witch off the back of WandaVision’s ending.

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. 

Loki is released on Disney Plus on June 9th.

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