Loki is just one of more than ten Marvel TV shows set for Disney+ over the next couple of years, but with Tom Hiddleston returning to the title role it’s also undoubtedly one of the most exciting.
But following the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, how is Loki’s return even possible?
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know so far, including suspected plot points, when the episodes release, which actors are on board, and how you can watch Loki for yourself.
You can also see our thoughts on the first two episodes in our Loki review.
When is the Loki release date?
The wait is over, as the first episode of Loki is out now. That makes it the third MCU show on the platform, after WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, all of which are the opening salvo in Marvel’s phase four.
New episodes drop on Wednesdays, rather than the traditional Friday release that Disney did for the first two shows. See the announcement of this below:
Wednesdays are the new Fridays 🗓 Mark your calendars for new episodes of Marvel Studios’ #Loki, streaming Wednesdays starting June 9 on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/HGQMl2b8Xg
— Loki (@LokiOfficial)
May 5, 2021
You can find out the full timings in our episode release schedule for Loki.
Watch the Loki trailers
There’s now a full trailer for Loki, which reveals how Owen Wilson’s character, Mobius, will fit into the MCU. It looks like he will be tasking Loki with restoring the correct timeline to the galaxy – though we don’t expect the God of Mischief to stick to the rules.
For some reason Disney calls this an ‘exclusive clip’, but really this is a proper trailer for Loki, showing off material from across the show including some of the big new cast members:
Beyond those longer trailers, we’ve also had two shorter TV spots for the series:
And finally, this short clip focused on Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius:
Who is in the cast?
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, Wunmi Mosaku, Owen Wilson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
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. Natalie Holt is composing the soundtrack.
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 relatively redeemed 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 trailer reveals that he’ll be captured by 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. It looks like both Owen Wilson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are playing members of the TVA.
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.
These alternate personas of Loki are further confirmed by an interview with Tom Hiddleston for Empire magazine. He states that the shapeshifting logo for the series is reflective of who Loki is as a character. Hiddleston states that the series “is about identity, and about integrating the disparate fragments of the many selves that he can be, and perhaps the many selves that we are.”
The first artwork reveal showed that Loki will also 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 for the second season. 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 £7.99/$7.99 per month for a rolling subscription and £79.90/$79.99 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.