Disney’s Loki continues the Marvel TV run of resurrection. The last time, chronologically, we saw the God of Mischief (played impeccably by Tom Hiddleston) was during the opening act of Avengers: Infinity War. Thor had decided to take the people of Asgard to Earth aboard a space Noah’s Arc when Thanos intercepted the aircraft, overpowered Thor and Hulk, took the Space Stone, and then choked out Loki after Loki tries to trick him. And then Loki apparently died.
But, like, what is death to a $200 billion god? Disney found a way to resurrect Vision for several hours of meta television in WandaVision, and now they’re playing with timelines (and multiverses?) in order to get Hiddleston back on screen and without totally undermining the integrity of their own story writing—if a character can’t really die in Marvel, are they ever in peril? Do we care? No, no we do not.
Loki, however, had the unfortunate production timeline of commencing in early 2020. The series was shooting in Atlanta and Prague in March when they halted production due to Covid-19. Still, it seems the series has been able to maintain its 2021 release date. And the series has also reportedly already been renewed for a second season, with development having begun last November. (What is a pandemic to a $200 billion god?)
But before we get ahead of ourselves, here’s everything we know about Loki season 1.
When is Loki coming to Disney +?
Loki will release its first episode on Disney + on June 11. The series will run for six weeks with each episode around an hour. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said the various Marvel series will either run in 10 (or so) half-hour episodes (like WandaVision) or six hour-long episodes (like Loki or The Falcon and the Winter Soldier).
Is there a trailer?
Heck yeah there is. While events may be confusing on first watch, it appears we’re in for a universe and time-hopping mystery box. More on that in a bit.
Who’s in the cast?
To start, obviously, Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston apparently first auditioned for the role of Thor, though probably everyone agrees that it’s far more fun to play—and watch—the “bad guy.” Joining Hiddleston is Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, and Sasha Lane.
What will Loki be about?
The trailer opens with the events of Avengers: Endgame, when the undusted Avengers travel back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones—so, technically the trailer opens with the events of the first Avengers (2012) when the later Avengers infiltrate that timeline. As that Back to the Future-esque scene Endgame scene depicted, though, Loki ends up holding the Tesseract (complete with the Space Stone inside), which he then uses to escape to some other world.
That other world contains the Time Variance Authority (TVA), a timeline-managing organization you’ll recognize in just about every time-travel story (perhaps the most recent example being Umbrella Academy).
Thus, 2012 Loki has escaped the original Avengers timeline, where, during the Battle of New York in the first Avengers film, he is defeated and returns to Asgard. Apparently, this never happened, because in Avengers: Endgame, Loki’s picking up the Tesseract was never “fixed”—the Avengers just went further back in time to find the Tesseract. But that Tesseract still manages to get picked up by Loki during the Battle of New York, so the question still lingers: where did Loki go and how can that possibly be consistent with the remaining events of the Avengers timeline? Filmmakers need to stop doing time travel.
Feige, however, isn’t classifying Loki as a time travel series. During a Disney presentation in December, Feige said, “As with our other shows coming to Disney+, we wanted to try something a little different, explore a new genre for us at Marvel studios. So we’ve put Loki at the center of his own crime thriller.”
Isn’t Tenet technically a crime thriller? Does that make it less confusing? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see and review the rules for time travel in fiction.
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