One of the more interesting of the Marvel Disney+ streaming series coming is that of “Loki,” the feature which sees Tom Hiddleston’s trickster god villain and Thor’s brother coming back into the MCU after seemingly dying at least twice on screen.
Last month it was confirmed the series will pick up right after Loki’s theft of the Tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame” and follow him on a trip through various points in time. As a result this will be the still villainous version of the character as seen in the original “Avengers” as opposed to the more penitent version who met his fate in ‘Infinity War’.
Speaking with MTV News recently, he confirmed the new series will consist of six episodes and there’ll be humor throughout the series thanks to showrunner Michael Waldron (“Rick and Morty”). Mostly for Hiddleston the appeal lies in taking the character back from an earlier point in his evolution and take in in a whole new arc as Loki takes on some new villains:
“I feel like I know him, I’ve been playing him for 10 years now, and that’s crazy to me. By the time it’s out, I’ll be 40. When I was cast I was 29, which is a great chunk of my life…but the point is, there’s a sense of ‘I know this character now, I feel the audience knows him.’ Playing him, and playing him truthfully, but presenting him with new challenges which then have to change him in different ways is the most exciting aspect of it. You have his specific gifts, his intelligence, his treachery, his mischief, his magic, and then seeing him come up against more formidable opponents the like of which he has never seen or known.”
Hiddleston also confirmed he knew that he’d be reprising the role for the series around Easter last year:
“I knew about six weeks before the worldwide release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Which meant I had to go and do press for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ going, ‘Yup, that’s it, guys.’ So, I did know back then, but I didn’t know what the pitch [or] the story was.”
The new “Loki” series will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service in 2021 and while it’s not confirmed, it’s rumored the events of the series will lead into Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Love and Thunder” which shoots next year for a 2021 release. Waititi was spotted yesterday lunching with actor Ryan Gosling which has since caused a flurry of online speculation that “The Notebook” actor could be joining the film.