Disney officially revealed that it was developing a Loki TV show slap-bang in the middle of this November 2018 press release about its forthcoming streaming service, Disney+. Furthermore, we were assured in said press release that the man who has been playing the character for some years, Tom Hiddleston, was attached to the series. In what capacity, though, we’re unsure. More on this if you keep scrolling!
Hiddleston recently had a brief chat with THR, and revealed only a little about reprising the role of Loki, and the upcoming Marvel series:
“I knew he was a complex figure. Intelligent yet vulnerable. Angry and lost and broken and witty. I thought it was an amazing opportunity and it’s grown into this network of movies. I could never have expected it. I feel very fortunate that this character has connected with people,” he said, adding “All I can tell you is that [the show] is called Loki. It is a new departure … but I can’t explain why.”
All right, then. Keep your secrets.
Other than Hiddleston confirmed to return as the character he’s made very much his own, we’ve not been alerted to any further casting news on Loki yet.
News has reached us, via THR, that a showrunner has been appointed. Michael Waldron, who has been most recently writing on the upcoming fourth season of Rick And Morty, is penning the Loki pilot, exec produce and be known as the overall creator of the series. THR’s sources say Marvel’s vision for the series “will follow Loki as the trickster and shape-shifter pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.”
So, what does this mean for the tone of the Loki show? If it needs to be funny and smart and full of weird ideas (and surely it does), hiring someone currently cooking up scripts on Rick And Morty sounds like a good move.
All Marvel’s planned series are off the starting blocks now with Waldron’s hiring. Its WandaVision show has snagged Captain Marvel scribe Jac Schaeffer, and the Falcon And Winter Soldier series has brought aboard Empire‘s Malcolm Spellman.
Loki release date
We would expect this Marvel event series to arrive deep into 2020, friends, with much of 2019 eaten up by writing, casting and general pre-production bits and bobs.
Here is the brief, Loki-themed section of Disney’s confirmation of the series:
“Disney+ is also assembling a live-action series centred around a fan-favourite character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [Disney Chairman and CEO Bob] Iger today confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series based on Loki, the god of mischief, to star Tom Hiddleston.”
The info was later backed up in a post from the actor over on Twitter:
But there may be more to this than meets the eye, if a certain rumour is to be believed.
A while back, Charles Murphy of That Hashtag Show (who are usually pretty reliable when it comes to most of Disney’s wheelings and dealings) was trying to confirm info from several sources about just how involved Hiddleston will be in the new series, and what kind of part he may play in it.
Back in the late stages of 2018, we offered some thoughts as to what direction Disney and Marvel might take a Loki TV series in. Would this be in the vein of Tales Of Asgard? Could we see Kid Loki make an appearance? Well, in what could be viewed as a masterstroke by the people currently drumming up ideas for the series, we could see all of these things and more, including just about every incarnation of the God of Mischief, and likely some new ones.
Taking into account that this is currently just a rumour (and we must), Murphy heard that Hiddleston will mainly be a narrator on the series, which will look back at the life of Loki up until the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. We’ll have to wait and see if this is true or not.
A Loki TV series is still massively intriguing. Putting aside what this means for the plot of Avengers: Endgame for now (honestly, who knows), the character of Thor’s mischievous brother (“he’s adopted”) doesn’t have to be just a one-note villain for the MCU, and could work really well in some long-form storytelling. His powers of misdirection and appearing as different people to taunt or manipulate others creates a myriad of narrative opportunities for an ongoing series. Twists, turns and fluid allegiances are all but assured. In what form will the series eventually materialise? Currently, it’s all speculation.
Disney+ now boasts two Star Wars live-action series for definite, with a Winter Solider and Falcon series in the works, and a Vision And Scarlet Witch show also being lined up. So, this may all be worth a monthly subscription regardless.