From WandaVision and The Falcon & the Winter Soldier to Hawkeye and What If?, fans of Marvel Studios have a lot to look forward to after "The House of Mouse" launches its Disney+ streaming service in November 2019 and the next phase of the MU kicking off in 2020 with Falcon. But our eyeballs have been keeping a large chunk of their interest aimed at Tom Hiddleston's return as the God of Mischief in Loki.
Details on the upcoming series have been kept under a public relations "protection spell" – understandable considering the character's "situation" post-Endgame (more on that in a minute). But that spell started to break little by little, first with Hiddleston's comments from an interview during the Shanghai International Film Festival. At San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the actor revealed that the series' version of Loki will be an Avengers-era one: the evil and selfish villain – and that the series would show what happened to Thor's brother after Avengers: Endgame.
"You guys saw Avengers right? So he's still that guy. And just about the last thing that happened to him was he got Hulk-smashed. So there's a lot of psychological evolution that is still yet to happen. Kevin [Feige] has generally shown me what his plans are. I can't tell you any of them, but it is one of the most exciting creative opportunities I think I've ever come across. This is new territory, a new world, new challenges, and I cannot wait to get started."
– Tom Hiddleston
In August, Hiddleston let fans know when production was beginning on the 2021 series as well as what he's looking forward to during an interview with EW ahead of his Broadway debut in Betrayal:
"Loki will start at the top of next year. He's such a classical character. [Thor and Loki], they're from Norse myths — they have a kind of gravitas to them. Robert in Betrayal is much more earthbound. They're both very complex, but Robert is a publisher and a husband and a father. Loki is the god of mischief. [Laughs] Two quite different figures."
He wasn't far off: reports surfaced later that month that filming will begin on January 28, 2020. Hiddleston would then reveal to MTV News that the series would be six hours (episodes?) long, with Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige stating that he expects Kate Herron to direct the entire season. If there as any confusion about how tight the television and film worlds would be working together during this next phase, Feige cleared that up last month when he revealed that the series would connect directly with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Now speaking of Herron (and keeping the "good signs" going) Hiddleston took to Instagram on Saturday to post a photo of himself, Herron, and others out for what looks like the beginning of a pre-holiday meal.
But it's the message Hiddleston included with it that should have fans smiling: officially introducing "Team Loki", he confirmed prep work was underway and that they'll be seeing us "in the New Year" – which of course got us thinking.
Does he mean he'll see us after the holidays with a year-long series of first-look at production? Does he mean that Loki will be in front of our eyeballs before the projected 2021 premiere?
Hmmm… Hiddleston might be stirring up a little mischief and not even realize it…