Marvel Studios reveals Loki TV show has recruited director Kate Herron for all six episodes at D23 Expo 2019. Marvel wrapped up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier this year with the release of Avengers: Endgame - the swan song of many original MCU characters like Tony Stark's Iron Man and Steve Rogers' Captain America - as well as Spider-Man: Far From Home. As Marvel moves into Phase 4, the studio is expanding to television through the upcoming Disney+ streaming platform that will launch in November.
A handful of Marvel TV shows were confirmed for Disney+ during Marvel Studios' San Diego Comic-Con panel last month, each following one or two key characters from the MCU, including Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Hawkeye and an animated What If project. As confirmed during that panel, the Loki TV show won't follow the version of the character who died in Avengers: Infinity War, but 2012 Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. According to the official logline for Loki, the God of Mischief "pops up throughout human history as [an] unlikely influencer on historical events."
Now at the Disney+ panel at D23, it was revealed that Herron (Sex Education) will helm all six of the Loki TV show episodes. It was previously confirmed that Michael Waldron will serve as head writer on the series, while Hiddleston himself confirmed the six-episode count for Loki. Hiddleston wasn't in attendance at the D23 panel, but did send a video message in which he said, "This journey that you and I have been on isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s only just begun."
Meanwhile, Herron hinted at what's to come in the TV show, saying, "We’re taking Loki to an entirely new part of the MCU." And Waldron teased the questions the Loki TV show aims to answer, "[Loki will] explore questions we all have: Where did Loki go after Endgame? Could he ever make a friend? Will the sun shine on him again?” Feige rounded out the Loki teases with a promise that it's going to be an ambitious show for Marvel Studios.
A TV show that'll tackle an alternate timeline in which Loki has the power of the Tesseract/Space Stone at his fingertips is no doubt a major project. Loki is a much-beloved MCU character, having debuted all the way back in Phase 1 as the villain of 2011's Thor. Herron, for her part, doesn't have any blockbuster experience, with Netflix's Sex Education being her most major credit. But it's not uncommon for Marvel Studios to hire up-and-coming directors to join the MCU, and it's great to see the studio give a non-female-fronted project to a female director. After all, women can direct stories about men.
Now it just remains to be seen if Waldron and Herron will be able to craft a Loki TV show that lives up to the character's popularity among MCU fans. Thankfully, they'll be getting started soon, with Loki set to start filming in early 2020 ahead of its Spring 2021 release window.
- Black Widow (2020) release date: May 01, 2020
- Eternals (2020) release date: Nov 06, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) release date: Feb 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021) release date: May 07, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) release date: Nov 05, 2021