Earlier this year, a rumor sprung up that said that the upcoming Loki TV series will only feature Tom Hiddleston as a narrator, with the lead role being filled by a new actor playing the God of Mischief in his younger days. Judging by recent comments from Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, however, it seems that the Thor series regular will actually have a pretty big part to play in the show.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter a few months back, Horn mentioned that Hiddleston will indeed be the star of the Loki project, saying:
“The quality of the idea and the piece itself will drive whether we can make it or not. [Disney president of production Sean Bailey] may have three or four a year that he can contribute, and Marvel has a few things — we’re doing [a series] with Tom Hiddleston playing the Loki character.”
And now, just in case you needed even more confirmation that we’ll see Tom in the flesh, we’ve got our very first look at Loki, which shows off the project’s logo and a shot of the trickster himself walking through the streets of 1975 New York City. We know this because the marquee behind him is advertising Jaws, which released into theaters in the aforementioned year.
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Of course, this begs the question of whether the show will act as a prequel to current MCU films or be more of a time travel tale where the God of Mischief goes back through the timeline with the Tesseract and visits key points in history. Personally, we’re leaning towards the latter, but at the moment, it’s hard to say since we still know very little about the project.
In any case, the photo above was pulled from a presentation at Disney’s recent investor’s day event, which took place back in April. Given that they were already showing off Loki at that point, it seems likely we’ll be getting our first proper look at the series via a trailer either at Comic-Con next month, or at D23 in August. Either way, it shouldn’t be too much longer now before more is revealed, so stay tuned.