Tom Hiddleston promises the upcoming Loki TV show on Disney+ will be a departure for the fan-favorite Marvel character. Following his death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, rumors started swirling that it might not be the last fans would see the God of Mischief. While he's genuinely gone in the current MCU timeline, the events of Avengers: Endgame paved the way for the anti-hero to continue his adventure after he swiped the Space Stone/Tesseract during 2012's Battle of New York, effectively creating a new timeline. It's unclear where he warped with the powerful gem, but it's the set-up for his small screen project for Disney's own streaming service.
Writer Michael Waldron will serve as the showrunner for Loki, as well as pen the show's pilot. Specific plot details for the project are still being kept under wraps but the titular character is expected to travel through time as he "pops up throughout human history as [an] unlikely influencer on historical events." Hiddleston has remained relatively mum about his next outing as the beloved trickster, and while he can't delve into narrative information, he teases what fans can expect from the show.
Speaking with THR during the Shanghai International Film Festival where he helped promote the BAFTA Breakthrough China initiative, Hiddleston spoke briefly about Loki. Describing the character's complicated nature, the actor sounds excited about the project, saying that this will be a "departure" for the anti-hero. Sadly, he didn't elaborate on that comment because that would more likely give out spoilers.
"It is a constant source of surprise and delight that these films have connected with people. I knew he was a complex figure. Intelligent yet vulnerable. Angry and lost and broken and witty. I thought it was an amazing opportunity and it’s grown into this network of movies. I could never have expected it. I feel very fortunate that this character has connected with people. ... All I can tell you is that it is called Loki. It is a new departure ... but I can’t explain why."
The first concept art for Loki emerged early this month as Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige unveiled the official logo for the series. In the illustration, the God of Mischief seems to have traveled back in time to 1977 - evidenced by the Jaws theater banner. This backs up the initial report that Loki will be traveling through some of the most important moments in human history. It's curious whether or not his presence will actually matter to how these events play out, but since it's in an alternate timeline, they can do whatever they want without rewriting what's been established in the primary one. Although, since Marvel's Disney+ shows will intersect with the MCU movies, it's possible that the events of show will have some ramifications on its big screen counterparts.
It's worth noting that the version of Loki that fans will be seeing in the upcoming TV show is likely to be the one from 2012. Meaning, he has yet to go through the pain of losing Frigga in Thor: The Dark World and Odin in Thor: Ragnarok. At this point, he hasn't also genuinely reconciled with his brother, so technically, this is him at his peak villain, at least in the MCU. So Hiddleston will be able to further explore that part of the character on the small screen. No word yet how many episodes Loki will run (though it's likely to be between 6-8), but if the character will visit several points in history, the show can take on a procedural approach rather than serialized. In any case, considering how much fans love Hiddleston and Loki, they'll be happy either way with Loki.