Disney+'s Loki Show Has Tom Hiddleston Stitching Together the Emerging Multiverse
Remember the early days of the MCU, when Tom Hiddleston's Loki was everyone's favorite character? The God of Mischief, who first showed up in 2011's Thor, was ahead of his time. Charismatic, complicated, and cool as hell, the trickster embodies the sort of fun-to-root-for antihero we'd see later in Marvel's storytelling when we got to Guardians of the Galaxy—and maybe even WandaVision.
For all of you Hiddlestans: Time to celebrate, because Loki—Marvel's long-planned TV series featuring the OG Thor villain—just got a new trailer. This follows the recent announcement that it'll hit Disney+ on June 11, 2021, making Loki Marvel's third show on the new-ish streaming service. By the looks of it? Between The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki, Hiddleston's jam might just be the most important addition for the ever-expanding MCU. Considering we have a new, exposition-heavy trailer to dive into, let's get to it. Here's everything we know about Disney+'s Loki so far.
When Will Loki Premiere on Disney+?
After a long-reported release date of May 2021, Loki will hit the service not too much later on June 11, 2021. Rewatch any Thor romp if you need your Hiddleston fix sooner than that.
What Will Loki be About, and How Will it Fit Into the MCU's Multiverse?
All right. Before we get started, you should know that Marvel's really in the weeds now with its time-traveling, multiverse bullshittery. It's all good stuff! Just a lot to get through. Put a helmet on or something. Got it? OK.
In Avengers: Endgame, Cap, Iron Man, etc. are in full Infinity-Stone-collecting mode. When they're out time-traveling to snag the Tesseract, the crew goes to the scene in 2012's Avengers flick when Loki/the Tesseract are in the process of being locked up. The whole thing goes a little bit sideways. The briefcase holding the Tesseract (why hold something like that in a glorified office briefcase?!) flips open, Loki grabs it, and teleports straight out of there. In the first Loki trailer, we learned that the Asgardian wakes up in the middle of a strange desert. So, first thing to note: The Loki of Loki is not the same Loki we watched die at the end of the Infinity Saga. This is the bratty, shitty Loki from the first Avengers film. Told you this is a lot.
But we're not done. Again, that first preview told us that Loki ends up in the middle of a strange desert. He's eventually found by a guy named Mobius M. Mobius, who, aside from having a GOAT name, is played by Owen Wilson. In the comics, Mobius works for the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that regulates the multiverse. Which we know is about to be a huge deal in the MCU, considering the rotating Pietros in WandaVision and the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In the new trailer, Mobius leads Loki through some kind of initiation into the TVA. It's seems that Mobius has been tasked with making sure that Loki doesn't screw around in the new universe he landed in, and maybe even telling him that his old timeline would lead to his death at the hands of Thanos. That'll probably make up Loki's first few episodes. The back half looks to be even more of a ride.
The new trailer confirms that Loki will indeed see the antihero working for the TVA, somehow evading whatever multiverse jail exists in the MCU by becoming a TVA agent. More important than all that? His first gig. Turns out that Loki really did screw up the multiverse by his Endgame antics. So Mobius wants him to clean up his own mess, traveling to all the different timelines he created by stealing the Tesseract and conducting whatever Marvel science it takes to get things back to the way they were. So it looks like that's how we'll spend our summer with Loki. Honestly? We can't think of a better hang, back-stabbing and all.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.