After Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the Loki TV series starring Tom Hiddleston, Hiddleston took to Twitter to give fans a little bit of a tease about what to expect.
Hiddleston wouldn’t provide any kind of details on the actual plot or when in time and space the series might take place. He only gave us four lines.
More Stories to tell.
More mischief to make.
More to come.”
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) November 9, 2018
It’s more than likely that Hiddleston’s Loki will show-up in Avengers 4. Set photos have shown him muzzled in what appears to be a recreation of the set from the original Avengers movie. From the set photos it appears we will get a look at what took place after Loki was subdued by the Avengers and when he was transported to Asgard by Thor.
Aside from those small details it’s unclear what role Loki might have in the film. It’s even unclear if those set photos are teasing time travel, an alternate dimension, or it could be Tony Stark using his B.A.R.F. technology which was showcased during Captain America: Civil War.
What We Know
What we do know is that it appears Loki was savagely killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
However, if you’ve watched any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe involving Loki, you know this move was completely out of character. Loki doesn’t just give up his own life or even put himself in harm’s way when he doesn’t have to. However, that’s exactly what he appears to do in Avengers: Infinity War.
But if you listen to Loki’s word carefully he hints that he is immortal and is a god. Loki tells Thanos, “I, Loki, Prince of Asgard, Odinson, the rightful King of Jotunheim, God of Mischief, do hereby pledge to you my undying fidelity.” There are some key words in there. Loki claims his fidelity is undying and thus that would mean he’s undying as well.
Even more interesting is what appears to be Loki’s last words, “You’ll never be a god.” It’s in stark contrast to the titles he lists for himself. Loki declares himself a god as well as immortal, but tells Thanos he will never be able to achieve what he already has. Could it be that the God of Mischief is actually alive and well and playing one of the greatest tricks ever on Thanos? I wouldn’t put it past him and the folks at Marvel Studios.
The TV Series
It’s more than likely this Loki series won’t be taking place in the past, but will take place in the present or at least the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While, Marvel Studios has done some films that take place in the past such as Captain America: The First Avenger and the upcoming Captain Marvel, for the most part their films have taken place in sequential order. One can thus expect that Thanos didn’t kill Loki and he’s still alive and well, or he will be returned to life in some capacity during the events or following the events of Avengers 4.
Given what we know about Marvel’s Phase 4 and its focus on the cosmic, it’s more than likely the Loki series could further explore the cosmic world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know I wouldn’t mind seeing Loki go head to head with the Grandmaster once more. There’s also plenty of other untapped cosmic entities in the Marvel catalog that haven’t been untapped. He could introduce the Shi’ar Empire.
If they do take Loki into the cosmic world it’s more than likely he will interact with the Eternals and the Deviants given Kevin Feige confirmed the Eternals movie is in development. If it does delve into interactions with the Eternals, it would mean Loki’s last words to Thanos would have even more meaning. It’s possible he knows Thanos’ heritage and thus knows why he will never be a god.
If I had my druthers I’d love to see the show take on a Game of Thrones esque vibe throughout the Nine Realms. It would be interesting to see Loki work his mischief throughout the kingdoms of the Nine Realms in an attempt to grab power. It could be even more interesting given it would take place after Thanos’ assault on the universe. There would definitely be some power vacuums and Loki would work to navigate them in order to solidify his own seat. It would definitely have a high focus on political and palace intrigue as Loki tries to manipulate the players for his advantage.
What do you want to see from this Loki show? Do you think any of my theories might hit the mark?