Certainly far from a hot take, my money is on Loki being the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to hit Disney+ so far.
While WandaVision was lauded for its theory-spawning, mystery-box nature, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier praised for its movie-quality action, Loki looks like it will be an amalgamation of those two assets, combining the cerebral with the kinetic.
Still, despite my obvious high hopes for the series, I’m still not *exactly* sure what it’s about. No official plot synopsis has been released, and the trailer doesn’t do all that much in terms of laying out the series’ story. Other than previously teasing that Loki would be a “crime thriller” and revealing that he’ll will be working for the Time Variance Authority, essentially nothing is known about the nature of the show at this stage.
That secrecy won’t be the case for long, though, as the impending release of Loki — just about two months away — means the marketing hype train for the series is about to leave the station, with Tom Hiddleston’s new feature interview with Empire Magazine certainly counting as such an example.
Speaking about the series in-depth about the series for the first time, Hiddleston, who’s been playing the God of Mischief for a decade now, finally teased what the series is going to be about, revealing that a major hint lies in the series’ official logo:
“I want to preserve the freshness of the show for when it emerges, but something to think about is the [show’s] logo, which seems to refresh and restore,” Hiddleston told Empire.
“The font of how Loki is spelled out seems to keep changing shape. Loki is the quintessential shapeshifter. His mercurial nature is that you don’t know whether, across the MCU, he’s a hero or a villain or an anti-hero. You don’t know whether you can trust him. He literally and physically changes shape into an Asgardian guard, or into Captain America repeatedly. Thor talks about how he could change into a snake.”
“I think that shapeshifting logo might give you an idea that Loki, the show, is about identity, and about integrating the disparate fragments of the many selves that he can be, and perhaps the many selves that we are.”
“I thought it was very exciting because I’ve always found Loki a very complex construct. Who is this character who can wear so many masks, and changes shape, and seems to change his external feeling on a sixpence?”
Given Hiddleston’s comments, it becomes increasingly important to remember that the Loki we’re getting in this series is not the same one who died at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War, therefore negating all of the character development he went through in the previous film. This is Avengers 2012 Loki, fresh off of killing dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent human beings.
Loki, which stars Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Richard E. Grant, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sasha Lane, and Sophia Di Martino, will hit Disney+ on June 11. It will be the third Marvel Cinematic Universe series on Disney+ following WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.