'Loki': Everything We Know About Tom Hiddleston’s Disney+ Series

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One of the biggest surprise TV hits of this year (if you can believe it, the finale was only a mere three months ago) has undoubtedly been WandaVision. Disney+’s much-loved series started out as a sitcom pastiche about Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff and her husband, Vision, and ended up being a tear-jerking study into grief, which struck a chord with many of us, as we were living through one of the worst eras in memory.

The immense popularity of the show proved several things. Firstly, we need superheroes now more than ever. Secondly, that just because they wear capes and fly around in CGI land doesn’t mean they can’t have emotional depth. Finally, that done well, our heroes and their stories can translate bombastic action to intimate storylines that really connect with the audience when moving from the cinema to the small screen.


Next up for a TV make-over is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. The god of mischief has been causing chaos since Thor, and in five other films up to Avengers: End Game, but now it’s time for Loki to step away from his brother to have his own standalone series. Ahead of the show premiering at the beginning of June, here’s everything you need to know about the anti-hero caper:

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Photo credit: Disney

What’s the big idea?

Yeah: the first hurdle to get over is the fact that Loki is apparently dead, as we first saw him cark it in Thor. But, living up to his name, the japester managed to be resurrected in the end credits then fake his own death in Thor: The Dark World.

This isn’t an all-new resurrected Loki though, as the action in the series jumps back in the Marvel Comics Universe timeline, through the help of some handy time-travelling. When Iron Man, Ant-Man and Captain America travelled back in Avengers: Endgame to get the infinity stone, it saw them thrown back into when Loki was the owner of the stone, and used it to escape after being captured. This is the point we join Loki in the new series: at his most powerful, and arguably, most evil.

The official synopsis reads: “Picking up immediately after Loki steals the Tesseract (again), 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.”

Apart from T-Hidds, who else stars in the series?

Starring opposite Hiddleston is Owen Wilson as TVA officer Mobius M Mobius, who’s been tasked with mending the break in reality caused by Loki, that’s preventing the proper flow of time. The two end up as a bit of a double act, with Mobius tasked with ensuring Loki actually carries out the missions they set him, in the hope that he won’t double cross them or cause trouble.

Meanwhile, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (last seen in Black Mirror) will star as TVA judge Ravonna Lexus Renslayer and while Wunmi Mosaku will star as another member of the organisation.

Richard E. Grant and Sophia Di Martino have been cast in as yet unnamed roles (nice to have a few surprises held back for the launch, we guess) as well as American Honey’s Sasha Lane, Jon Levine and The Underground Railroad’s Lucius Baston.

Behind the camera, Kate Herron is the director and Michael Waldron is head writer.

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Photo credit: Disney

What does Hiddleston say about Loki in the newest outing?

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: “I love this idea of Loki's chaotic energy somehow being something we need. Even though, for all sorts of reasons, you don't know whether you can trust him. You don't know whether he's going to betray you. You don't know why he's doing what he's doing.”

There’s obviously been many questions for him to puzzle over, as he added: “If he's shapeshifting so often, does he even know who he is? And is he even interested in understanding who he is? Underneath all those masks, underneath the charm and the wit, which is kind of a defence anyway, does Loki have an authentic self? Is he introspective enough or brave enough to find out? I think all of those ideas are all in the series — ideas about identity, ideas about self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and the difficulty of it.” The man’s clearly gone deep into the anti-hero’s psychology.

'Loki' trailer

It’s already had over 3.6 million views, so it’s safe to say the series is going to be a big hitter, too:

'Loki' Release Date

It starts on Wednesday, 9 June and each of the six episodes will be streamed weekly from then on.

Is there going to be a 'Loki' second series?

Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development Nate Moore let slip earlier this year in an interview with Indiewire that the plan was to extend the series: “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.” Elsewhere, eager fans noticed that industry publication Production Weekly - which posts all new productions currently in progress - mentioned a new season of Loki with the working title ‘Architect’, which all sounds very promising.

Unsurprisingly, Hiddleston’s up for it: “I'm open to everything. I have said goodbye to the character. I've said hello to the character. I said goodbye to the character [again]. I've learned not to make assumptions, I suppose. I'm just grateful that I'm still here, and there are still new roads to explore.” And more mischief and mayhem to create.

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