Marvel Studios' Loki TV show will start production in early 2020, says star Tom Hiddleston, ahead of the series' premiere on Disney+ in Spring 2021. Disney and Marvel's Loki TV show was confirmed late last year as one of many Marvel Cinematic Universe projects set to be exclusive originals for the upcoming streaming service Disney+. However, it wasn't clear exactly what Loki would be about at the time since, following Loki's death in Avengers: Infinity War, it seemed the character had no future. There was speculation it would be a prequel, and that turned out to be true - in a manner of speaking.
When Loki escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame, many recognized the scene as setup for his solo TV show. That wasn't confirmed until Marvel Studios' Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but fans figured out the basis of Loki's TV show due to Endgame not addressing where he escapes to with the Tesseract. Further, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed Loki will premiere Spring 2021 on Disney+, meaning it will have to get underway next year. Now, returning Loki actor Hiddleston has confirmed when exactly production will start.
In an interview with EW discussing his role in the Broadway production Betrayal, Hiddleston was asked about his upcoming MCU schedule. The actor confirmed when his Disney+ series will begin, saying, "Loki will start at the top of next year." Further speaking to EW, Hiddleston teased this version of Loki in the TV Show:
It’s very, very exciting because in many ways it’s the character you know, but in a context you’ve never seen him in before. And if I say any more, I’m gonna say too much. So that’s what’s so thrilling - there’s so much to explore that I haven’t yet explored. That’s very exciting.
Although Hiddleston's comments about the character of Loki in the upcoming series are vague, they do further confirm what fans can expect. The version of Loki from The Avengers and 2012 is one that many fans love, but it's also before his redemptive arc in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. So while it's a character that viewers know, it's not the one they may remember most recently, the one that died trying to save Thor and prevent the Tesseract from falling into Thanos' hands. So both Hiddleston and the fans will need to reacquaint themselves with this version of Loki - and it's coming up relatively soon for Hiddleston if he's going to suit up as the God of Mischief again early next year.
Fans of the character are no doubt eager to see more of Loki, perhaps especially the version of him from The Avengers. But fans may also be curious to see what Loki surviving Avengers: Endgame for his TV show means for the larger MCU timeline. Based on the explanation of time travel given by the Ancient One, by taking the Space Stone out of the main timeline, Loki created an alternate timeline. But that throws the main timeline out of whack, meaning Loki will have to return the Space Stone or it'll affect other MCU properties. Perhaps that's what Loki is really about.
That's just speculation for now, until more is revealed about Loki by Marvel Studios. Until that point, fans can at least know that Loki will start production early next year ahead of its Spring 2021 premiere date.
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