Loki, the God of Mischief, it seems, is not dead. At least, not that Loki. Or, rather, not the the Loki on the Marvel timeline that you've come to know and love from the Thor movies, or from the Avengers movies.
Loki (the series) is the latest spin-off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+. Despite the fan-favorite trickster's demise in Avengers: Infinity War (sorry, but the statute of limitations is up on that one), the six-part series follows an alternate timeline version of Loki as he embarks on a mission for the Time Variance Authority.
Here's everything you need to know about the series:
Loki release date
Loki launched exclusively on Disney+ on Wednesday, June 9, in the UK and U.S. It changed things up a bit from previous Disney+ exclusives like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier by moving things to Wednesday instead of the traditional Friday.
Why the change? Why not. It's Loki.
Loki plot — what's it about?
Loki the series picks up the story after the scene in Avengers: Endgame where Ant-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Rocket, Thor, Clint, Nat, Roadie, Nebula and the Hulk travelled back in time to prevent Thanos from being able to collect the Infinity Stones. But Tony, Scott and Steve ran into a little bit of a snag, and their attempt to intercept the Space Stone in 2012 inadvertently led to Loki escaping with it.
This created an alternate timeline in which Loki didn't die at the hands of Thanos, and this alternate-Loki comes to the attention of the Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization whose mission is to ensure that the timeline plays out as it was supposed to. With Loki now constituting an unauthorized variant, he's given a choice: he can either be removed from the timeline, or he can help the TVA to stop a greater threat by embarking on a time-traveling mission.
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Loki cast — who's in it?
Tom Hiddleston returns to the role of Loki, and he's excited to explore a different side to the character. "I've done six movies as Loki, and those movies are all about Loki's connection to Thor and his connection with his family," says Tom. "I thought, 'where do we go now? What have we not done? What's new, what's original?' The character has got so much breadth and so much depth — that's been the gift to me, as an actor. Loki is this fascinating box of tricks where the moment you think you know him, he reveals something else."
Owen Wilson appears alongside Tom in the series as Mobius M Mobius, an analyst at the TVA. "The TVA is sort of responsible for the way the universe is unfolding," says Owen. "They're ensuring not that good happens, or bad, or chaos, but that it's following the proper timeline that only the TVA is privy to."
The Morning Show's Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, a Judge working for the TVA, and Lovecraft Country and Luther star Wunmi Mosaku plays Hunter B-15. Other actors playing as-yet undisclosed roles in the series include Richard E Grant, Sophia Di Martino and Sasha Lane.
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Steven Perkins is a Staff Writer for TV & Satellite Week, TV Times, What's On TV and whattowatch.com, who has been writing about TV professionally since 2008. He was previously the TV Editor for Inside Soap before taking up his current role in 2020. He loves everything from gritty dramas to docusoaps about airports and thinks about the Eurovision Song Contest all year round.