What to Expect from the Future of The MCU and When to Expect It
June 9, 2021: LOKI
To the delight of Loki Stans everywhere, Tom Hiddleston will return to the MCU to lead his own series on Disney +. Of course this Loki isn’t the one we’ve gotten to know over the past decade because that Loki had is neck snapped by the Mad Titan and remains, for now and forever, deceased. Instead, we will follow the Loki of a new timeline that was created when the Avengers returned to 2012 to snag up some Infinity Stones and, in process, set the table for Loki to escape. Said to feature some time travel shenanigans that will see the God of Mischief visit some significant historical time periods and, perhaps, spin some webs that even further complicate and already catastrophic timeline.
Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Owen Wilson will join Hiddleston in lead roles in the series.
Production on Loki began in February of 2020 and went on hiatus in March as Marvel Studios stopped all production in response to the spreading coronavirus. Kate Herron (Sex Education) will direct the series, working off scripts from a writer’s room led by show runner Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty). The series is currently scheduled to premiere in early 2021 and will reportedly tie into Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness.
The first clip was released on December 10, 2020, during the Disney Investor Day presentation, in which it was confirmed Owen Wilson’s character. Gugu Mbatha-Raw was confirmed to be playing Ravonna Renslayer the same day the first official trailer dropped in early April 2021.
After initially being assigned a May release date, in late February 2021, the premiere was moved up to June 11. A second season of the series was confirmed in early 2021. In early May Marvel Studios announced that, unlike both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it would stream Loki episodes on Wednesdays, not Fridays, thus moving up its premiere date by two days to June 9.
In Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer. Debuts on Disney+ next year—2021.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius
Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer
Sophia Di Martino as Lady Loki
Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif
Wunmi Mosaku in an unknown role
Richard E. Grant in an unknown role
Sasha Lane in an unknown role
Chris Brewster as Minuteman
Cailey Fleming as Young Sylvie
Following quite a bit of speculation that Loki could potentially be a multi-season series, I was able to confirm that principal actors and some supporting roles were having options for second seasons written into their contracts, making it extremely likely that we will see more than one season of the Trickster’s solo series. Originally set to film back-to-back with season one, there’s no news on how they will proceed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic related shutdown.