We’re all excited for the continuing adventures of Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon and the Winter Soldier in their respective Disney Plus series, but I think it’s safe to say that the real highlight of the lineup is Loki.
Last seen being mercilessly killed by Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, the trickster God and would-be ruler of Asgard has been a fan favorite since his first appearance in Thor, going on to be a highlight of pretty much every MCU movie he’s been in since. That said, him being dead (and as he wasn’t dusted in the finale, he might not be returning in Avengers: Endgame) makes his return a bit mysterious.
Thankfully, then, it got a little less mysterious today, as The Hollywood Reporter has a very brief synopsis of what the show will be about, claiming that it’ll “follow Loki as the trickster and shapeshifter pops up throughout human history as unlikely influencer on historical events.”
So, what could this actually mean? Well, if the rumors that Avengers: Endgame will feature time travel are true and we see our heroes traveling back to key moments in MCU history, this could be an indication that Loki foresaw his end long before Thanos ever arrived on the scene. Perhaps he planned far ahead and began moving historical chess pieces to ensure that one day the Mad Titan would be defeated. There is, of course, the possibility that Tom Hiddleston’s fan favorite is just messing with history for his own amusement, but the show really needs to grapple with its main character’s inevitable death and this seems like a smart way to go about it.
In any case, Loki has just added Rick and Morty alumnus Michael Waldon as writer and showrunner and is expected to shoot later this year. As such, we should start to get a better idea of what awaits us sooner rather than later.