Loki. Photo: Youtube
Loki. Photo: Youtube

WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier both recently landed and have been major successes for Disney's streaming service, which only gets us that much more excited for Loki, the third Disney+ series to land in 2021 that is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Of course, the Loki we all know and love died at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. But that hasn't stopped Marvel from moving forward with a new series starring Tom Hiddleston as the titular character. As with all things MCU, there is a lot of backstories that go into Loki. So we've rounded up all of the rumors and comic history we think could be a part of the Disney+ Loki show.

Loki: Release date

“Loki” will mark the franchise’s third television show on Disney’s streaming service when the six-episode series premieres on June 11.

Oh wait, that’s right. Loki is the Trickster God. On May 5th, Disney+ announced that the series would debut on June 9, and successive episodes would then stream on Wednesdays. (It is not unlikely that it was moved in order to not compete with the streamer’s new Star Wars show, “The Bad Batch,” which has already laid claim to a Friday release schedule.)

The series will debut on Disney+on Wednesday, June 9. It had been set to premiere on Friday, June 11, but the wait was made a little bit shorter this week, so fans of Tom Hiddleston are more than permitted to start getting excited.

What Is Loki?

Loki is an upcoming Marvel show based on Thor's trickster brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Now, you might be asking, "Didn't Loki die in Avengers: Infinity War?" Indeed he did. However, this series is about an earlier version of Loki--a Loki variant, if you will--who stole the Tesseract during one of the time jumps in Avengers: Endgame.

Turns out that Loki messed some things up in the timeline of human events. That means he has run afoul of the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization in charge of making sure things like that don't happen. And if they do happen? They want those disturbances fixed.

The show will feature Owen Wilson as the TVA's Mobius, as well as characters played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant. It will tie into the events of the upcoming movie Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. And although the first season has yet to air, we've already seen rumors that the second season of Loki is in the works.

Loki's release schedule

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Photo: technohoop

The first season of Loki will consist of six episodes, releasing one a week on Wednesdays, with expected 40 to 50-minute runtimes. In amazing news, a second season is already in development.

Here's Loki's release schedule and expected release times, based on the previous two Disney Plus Marvel shows.

  • Episode 1: Available June 9 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 2: Available June 16 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 3: Available June 23 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 4: Available June 30 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 5: Available July 7 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 6: Available July 14 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT

The series addresses a timey-wimey issue raised in Avengers: Endgame when an alternate version of Loki steals the Tesseract and creates a new timeline. Loki ends up in the exquisitely designed organization known as the Time Variance Authority, where the Time Keepers, including Owen Wilson's Mobius, enlist his help in sorting out the mess he's left behind, Cnet cited.

Who stars in the series?

Tom Hiddleston is the only Marvel Cinematic Universe veteran who has been confirmed to appear in the series. He’ll star in the series alongside Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, who works for the Time Variance Authority — more on that organization in a moment. Gugu Mbatha-Raw will also portray a member of the TVA. Additional cast members include Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant; Marvel has yet to provide information about their characters.

Time Variance Authority

Comic fans will recognize the TVA as the Time Variance Authority. It's an institution that limits the number of time-travel shenanigans happening across the multiverses in the MCU. While that might sound exciting, it's more like if your local DMV was also in charge of monitoring time travel. Its addition will see Owen Wilson star as the organization's leader, Mobius M Mobius.

While trailers for the show seem to show Loki being arrested by TVA, it seems as though Mobius is going to send Loki out to investigate some type of time travel-centric mystery, which is a common trope of the organization in its comic form.

Kid Loki or Lady Loki

The universe-hopping antics that are shown off in Loki's teaser trailer have given rise to the hope that we will see different versions of Loki that comic book fans know and love, including Kid Loki. He's a reborn version of the God of Mischief who was created after the original Loki sacrificed himself to save his brother and Asgard, similarly to how Loki died in Infinity War.

There’s not much evidence that the character will be in the series, unlike Lady Loki. Sophia Di Martino was added to Loki's cast as an unnamed character awhile back, but Reddit user Csparkles123 posted a photo from the set of Loki that shows Di Martino in a costume similar to what Loki himself wears, which has us believing that we’ll get our first glimpse at the female version of Loki.

Young Sylvie Lushton: A new hero?

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Photo: insidethemagic

Cailey Fleming has been cast as a character called “Young Sylvie Lushton”. Marvel comic book readers might recognize that name as belonging to the hero known as The Enchantress. In the comics, Sylvie was a young human girl who lived among the Asgardian refugees on Earth. Loki gave her powers. Of course, the casting of a young Sylvie has us wondering who might be playing the adult character.

Other possible characters

Rumors are also swirling around viewers getting to spend more time with some other character from the Thor universe.

Rene Russo is rumored to return as Frigga, aka Loki’s mother. Karl Urban is also rumored to return as Skurge from Thor: Ragnarok. While these aren’t well-sourced rumors, it wouldn’t shock us to see two already dead characters pop up in a series led by another dead character.

One of the better-sourced rumors is that Jamie Alexander may reprise her role as Sif from the first two Thor films, Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013). The character, who was in love with Thor, was mysteriously absent during Hela’s takeover of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok.

One final rumor doesn’t include a returning character but points to Richard E Grant being cast as an older Loki from another timeline, Pocket-lint wrote.

What’s the plot?

As seen in the aforementioned series teaser, Loki escaped captivity only to end up detained by another organization. Loki appears to have been captured by an organization called TVA, which is known as the Time Variance Authority in Marvel comics. The organization is responsible for monitoring various timelines in the comics, which makes its inclusion in “Loki” understandable, given that the series takes place after the time-traveling events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Though it’s unclear what Loki’s plans will be throughout the series, there’s a scene where he exclaims that Heimdall (who died in “Avengers: Infinity War”) and Thor “better be ready.” Is Heimdall also coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? How will Thor feel about his antagonistic sibling coming back? Only time will tell, Indiewire noted.

Where to stream the Loki series online

You can stream the upcoming Loki spinoff, the Avengers films, and everything else Disney+ has to offer wherever you’re connected to the internet. Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service is available in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Channel Islands, France, Germany, India, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Disney+ is supported on desktop browsers, a wide range of mobile devices, smart TVs, and game consoles. The platform will serve as the new home for Walt Disney Studios films as well as original, exclusive Disney+ content like Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars series—including The Mandalorian and the final season of The Clone Wars—and a full slate of live-action Marvel shows.

How to sign up for Disney+

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Photo: cuongphim

To start bingeing the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can subscribe to Disney+ today for $7.99 a month or $79.99 per year. Or you can get the service as part of a special value bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu for $13.99 a month in total, USAToday reported.

Disney+ is available to watch through the following devices:

  • Roku streaming devices
  • TVs with built-in Roku
  • Apple TV iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models
  • Android phones
  • Android TV devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 4
  • Sony TVs with built-in Android
  • LG TV
  • Samsung
  • Chrome OS, MacOS, or any Windows PC

What Else is on Disney+?

Loki isn't the only thing you can watch on Disney+ by a long shot. You'll also find tons of other MCU movies and shows, as well as pretty much all things Star Wars, Pixar, The Simpsons, and, of course, Disney. There's a ton to stream here, so you won't likely run out of things to watch for a very long time.

What's with the Disney+ Bundle?

The Disney+ bundle includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. It costs $13.99 per month. If you'd prefer to have an ad-free Hulu experience, you can pick an ad-free version of the bundle that costs $19.99 per month.

Hulu has tons of past and current TV shows and movies, plus original series and original movies. ESPN+ offers a whole lot of sports content and is required to watch UFC pay-per-views. The $13.99 monthly bundle of these three services is a seriously great deal, even if you only plan to dabble in one of the services.

Whether you go with a bundle or you just subscribe to Disney+, you'll be able to watch Loki when it arrives, Ign wrote.

How to Watch Loki From Anywhere in 2021

I’ve been eager to watch Loki for some time, so I was disappointed when I realized it isn’t available in my country. I decided to find a way to unblock it by conducting several tests, which proved to be successful!

The best way to watch Loki from anywhere is with a VPN. A VPN hides your actual location and gives you a new IP address of a Disney+ approved country like the US. Upon seeing your new IP address, Disney+ will think you’re in this country and give you access to Loki.

Will Loki be on Netflix?

No, Loki won’t be on Netflix. It is an exclusive show to Disney+, which means it’s only on that platform. Disney+ is only available in certain countries like the US, France, UK, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Which countries are showing Loki?

You can watch Loki in over 50 countries and territories, which are all the places that have launched Disney+. This includes most countries and territories in North and South America, Western Europe, Oceania, and South East Asia. The main ones are the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, and Japan. If Loki isn’t available in your country, try out one of these reliable VPNs to access Disney+ wherever you are located, according to VPNmentor.

Wait a minute, didn’t Loki die?!

Yes! Yes, he did. Multiple times. Loki died in “Thor,” only to be resurrected without explanation in its post-credits sequence. He also faked his own death in “Thor: The Dark World.” It’s become a running joke in the franchise; Thanos stated that there would be “no more resurrections” when he choked the life out of Loki, seemingly for good, early in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Regardless, here we are.

Technically, the version of Loki that appears in the upcoming Disney+ show hasn’t been resurrected. This version of Loki is from an earlier timeline: Iron Man, Captain America, and Ant-Man time-traveled to the events of “The Avengers” in “Avengers: Endgame” to reacquire an Infinity Stone, but said stone ended up in the hands of that timeline’s Loki, who used it to escape from captivity. The escaped Loki is much more antagonistic than later versions of his character and it’s unclear how or if he’ll be informed of the various events that took place after “The Avengers” film. Time travel is confusing.

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