After only a one-week break between the release of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios is currently enjoying a short rest before Loki debuts on Disney+ on June 9. The upcoming series is set to take the God of Mischief on a time-hopping adventure with the TVA after escaping capture in the Time Heist of Avengers: Endgame.
The Kate Herron-directed series is an unprecedented one for Marvel as it explores an alternate version of the Loki, from before his character-shifting development that redeemed Tom Hiddleston's adopted Asgardian.
So far, both Marvel Studios' streaming projects have delved deep into their characters, taking on much deeper themes than would be traditionally explored in a theatrical MCU outing. While little is known about what can be expected from Loki in his long-awaited solo outing, it seems the series is set to do the same, in what its creator hopes will be one of the greatest shows of all time.
LOKI WAS PITCHED AS THE BEST SHOW EVER
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, via Twitter user princloki, Loki head writer Michael Waldron discussed his pitch for the time-travel adventure. Waldron revealed that he pitched the series as what could be the “best show ever,” going on to call it a “big, crazy, fun-time adventure”:
“'What if this was the best show ever?' I think that was literally my pitch. My pitch for the show was kind of a big, crazy, fun-time adventure.”
Director Kate Herron went on to explain that centering the Disney+ series around a pre-redemption variant of Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief has allowed for an exploration of “what makes us truly good or truly bad.”
WILL MARVEL GO THREE FOR THREE WITH LOKI?
Both The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision have received critical acclaim since concluding over recent months, meaning Marvel is yet to have a major misfire in their Disney+ line-up. Ever since Iron Man, the MCU has been renowned for its consistency in the quality of characters and storytelling, so fans should keep their fingers crossed for yet another successful blockbuster-scale adventure on the streaming service.
While most of the MCU's Phase 4 slate looks to be fairly traditional in the return of old favorites and the introduction of many new characters, Loki stands out amongst the pack as a bold step for Marvel.
Following the fan-favorite character's definitive death in Avengers: Infinity War, most fans assumed that was the end for his character, which in a sense it was. In centering a solo project around a pre-redemption version of Loki, the series will essentially act as Marvel's first villain-centric outing.
With Loki seemingly taking inspiration from a multitude of other series and films, fans will have to wait until June 9 to find out exactly what it's all about, and how it could impact the greater MCU going forward.