Disney has revealed this week that it’s planning to develop another live-action Star Wars series starring Rogue One‘s Diego Luna, who played rebel spy Cassian Andor in the successful prequel outing, and slap-bang in the middle of the press release detailing this new show was finally some confirmation that a Loki TV series is also in development for the Disney streaming service, which is now officially called Disney+. Furthermore, we were assured that the Loki we know and love, Tom Hiddleston, is attached to it.
The brief, Loki-themed section of the press release is as follows:
“Disney+ is also assembling a live-action series centred around a fan-favourite character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [Disney Chairman and CEO Bob] Iger today confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series based on Loki, the god of mischief, to star Tom Hiddleston.”
Well, butter our butts and call us biscuits! A Loki TV series is massively intriguing. Putting aside what this means for the plot of Avengers 4 for now (honestly, who knows), the character of Thor’s mischievous brother (“he’s adopted”) doesn’t have to be just a one-note villain for the MCU, and could work really well in some long-form storytelling. His powers of misdirection and appearing as different people to taunt or manipulate others creates a myriad of narrative opportunities for an ongoing series. Twists, turns and fluid allegiances are all but assured.
However, a Loki TV project also strengthens rumours that Marvel is dialling back its Netflix series commitment in the wake of both Iron Fist and Luke Cage‘s cancellations, and there have been reports that Daredevil season 3 has also floundered in its recent ratings, so even that flagship Marvel series might not be safe at the streaming giant.
Disney+ now boasts two Star Wars live-action series for definite, with a Winter Solider and Falcon series in the works, and a Scarlet Witch show also being lined up. So, this may all be worth a monthly subscription, yes.
More news on these new Marvel TV series as it arrives, of course.