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 and WandaVision. 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 2019's Shanghai International Film Festival.
Later that summer 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 2019, 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 was to 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 he expects Kate Herron to direct the full season. Feige also revealed that the series would connect directly with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Hiddleston took to Instagram in December 2019 to post a photo of himself, Herron, and others out for what looks like the beginning of a pre-holiday meal. Hiddleston confirmed prep work was underway and that they'll be seeing us "in the New Year":
Now we're getting a video update from Hiddleston via Instagram that tells us a few things: the actor is clearly back to stunt training, the January 28th date now looks pretty dead-on… and landing a sweet three-point superhero landing isn't nearly as easy as it looks: