Loki Series News, Rumours, Casting And Release Date
Some of the biggest shows on the Disney Plus calendar are exclusive originals set in the MCU – with all of these making up the bulk of content for Marvel’s phase four.
One of these is a show dedicated to Thor’s brother and the resident God of Mischief in Asgard, Loki. Loki – played by Tom Hiddleston – has been a fan-favourite for years, so it’s unsurprising that he’s getting his own dedicated series. But following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, how will this be possible?
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know so far, including suspected plot points, when the series will start, which actors are on board and how you can watch Loki for yourself when it does release.
When does Loki start?
Though there isn’t yet a firm start date for season 1 of Loki, Bob Iger did state that Disney is aiming for “early 2021” during a shareholder meeting, whilst the initial press conference cited Spring 2021. However, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on various MCU shows, so we may see these dates change over the coming weeks and months.
Who has been cast so far?
It wouldn’t be Loki without Tom Hiddleston, so he is signed on to reprise his role as the Asgardian anti-hero. Also signed on to the series so far are Richard E. Grant, Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Read on to see our predictions of who these actors will be playing in our section about the plot of Loki.
Behind the scenes, Michael Waldron from Rick & Morty has signed on as head writer, whilst Kate Herron from Sex Education will serve as the director.
What is the plot of Loki?
Spoilers for Infinity War and Endgame
The Loki series will follow on from the events of Avengers: Endgame. During the time heist in the Battle of New York (2012), past-Loki managed to get away with the Tesseract. Whilst the Avengers simply time-travelled again to acquire it to defeat Thanos, 2012 Loki teleported away, and in the process created another separate timeline.
This is the character that will star in the Disney Plus series – not the version of Loki that was killed by Thanos at the start of Infinity War. According to rumours, the series will follow the troublesome trickster as he jumps between important historical events with hilarious consequences.
The teaser trailer for the Marvel shows included a brief clip of Loki, and fans were quick to notice that his outfit was a nod to the Time Variance Authority from the Marvel Comics. This organisation is in charge of monitoring alternative timelines, so they’ve likely spotted Loki’s escape and are monitoring his movements.
There’s also speculation that Sophia Di Martino will be playing one of two characters – Lady Loki or Enchantress – after a set photo leaked on Twitter. Lady Loki is basically a female version of Loki, whilst Enchantress is known as one of Thor’s greatest enemies – someone this Loki would be likely to team up with.
If Di Martino is Lady Loki, this could be an ongoing theme for the show. Digital Spy reported that Richard E Grant could be playing Old Man Loki, though this isn’t confirmed just yet. Other rumours indicate that Owen Wilson will be playing Justice Peace, a time-hopping mercenary who has been hired by the TVA.
The first artwork reveal showed that Loki will be mulling about in the year 1975 at some point, as Jaws is showing on the movie poster.
Will there be a season 2?
According to film industry site Production Weekly – yes. Allegedly Marvel is eyeing up a production start date of January 2022. If this is true – based on the current phase 4 line-up – we’d expect this season to arrive either later that year, or in 2023.
This hasn’t yet been confirmed by Disney, so when we hear more we’ll update this article. We of course can’t predict any plot details due to not having seen the first season – again we’ll update this piece once we know more.
How can I watch Loki?
Loki is a Disney Plus exclusive, which means you’ll only be able to watch it on there. At the time of writing, Disney+ costs £5.99/$6.99 per month for a rolling subscription, and £59.99/$69.99 for an annual pass. You can sign up for Disney Plus here.
We’re still quite a way away from Loki being on the platform, but in the meantime you can still watch the likes of The Mandalorian, The Simpsons and the majority of the Marvel films.