After taking a month off, the MCU is back to entertain us with its next Disney Plus series, Loki. Given how much we loved WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we can’t wait to see what this new show has in store for us.
If you’re feeling the same, keep watching this video as we catch you up on everything you need to know before Loki starts streaming on June 9th.
Spoilers for the MCU up until the Avengers: Endgame.
As you can guess from the show’s name, Loki will star Tom Hiddleston as the Asgardian God of Mischief. Though unlike his brother Thor, Loki hasn’t always been a hero.
Rather than using his mastery of magic for good, Loki has instead used his powers for world domination – masterminding plots to take over both Asgard and Earth. Thankfully he didn’t have much success, and over time Loki would eventually see the error of his ways and start working with his brother rather than against him.
Unfortunately we wouldn’t see very much of that Thor/Loki team up as not long after saving Asgard from the evil Goddess Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, Loki would sacrifice himself in an attempt to kill Thanos.
While that would have meant the end for most characters, Loki has never been one to die so easily. But this time you could say he’s cheating a little.
That’s because the Loki we’ll be seeing in the upcoming Disney Plus series isn’t the version of the character who would sacrifice themselves for the greater good, instead it’s a past Loki who’s probably feeling pretty angry after being defeated by The Avengers.
During Avengers: Endgame our heroes had to travel through time in order to recreate the Infinity Gauntlet. It was meant to be a quick in-and-out trip but they hit some snags along the way – including one in 2012 where they accidentally freed Loki after his loss in New York.
He was able to escape with the Tesseract, but as we’ll see in his upcoming show, it hasn’t been smooth sailing. That’s because Loki has been captured by the TVA or Time Variance Authority as they’re known in the comics. This bureaucratic organisation watches over multiple realities and tries to correct any issues that might cause them to collapse – issues such as Loki displacing an Infinity Stone.
Back in Endgame we saw the Ancient One explain this exact scenario to the Hulk – by taking the Infinity Stones out of their proper place in time it can have massive knock-on effects that won’t end well for anyone.
Based on trailers for Loki, which have set-up a show that’s a cross between Doctor Who and Suicide Squad, it looks like the TVA hope to use his powers and abilities to set reality straight again. Though, Loki doesn’t seem too happy to be helping them. We expect he’ll try more than his fair share of schemes to escape the TVA’s control.
Beyond that, we don’t actually know too much more about the Loki series, but with the promise of more time-travel and dimension-hopping shenanigans it might just be the MCU’s most ambitious project yet. We can’t wait!
If you also can’t wait to see Tom Hiddleston reprise his role, and need a bit more of a refresher, we’d recommend watching all three Thor films as well as Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame before Loki comes out.
Also, it looks like all of Loki’s time travelling shenanigans have impacted our world too, as unlike previous MCU shows on Disney Plus, Loki will be airing on Wednesdays rather than Fridays. You can catch the first episode on June 9, with new episodes coming out weekly after that.
We hope that’s caught you up to speed on everything you need to know about Loki. Be sure to like this video, share it with all your friends and let us know in the comments what you’re most excited to see when Loki starts streaming on Disney Plus.