Tom Hiddleston will officially return as Loki for a new streaming series.
The project was rumoured earlier this year, as Disney looks to develop its content slate for its upcoming streaming platform. Indeed, the House of Mouse has a whole library of brands and franchises to woo subscribers to its Netflix rival, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is top of the list.
Now, the streaming service has an official name – Disney+ – and with that has come official confirmation of a number of projects, including its first Marvel series. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed this week that the company is assembling a live-action series centered Loki, the god of mischief, with Hiddleston set to reprise his role from the MCU movies.
Unlike Marvel’s series for ABC and Netflix, though, the project will be overseen by Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, instead of Jeph Loeb. Loki’s series is one of a number in the works expected to feature supporting Marvel players who don’t have their own solo feature films. Scarlet Witch, Falcon and Winter Soldier are also reportedly under consideration, although Loki is the first to be officially confirmed.
Hiddleston also tweeted a teasing note about the series, following Iger’s announcement:
There is still no word yet on a director for the show or a release date. What we do know for sure is that Disney+ plans to launch in 2019, and Marvel isn’t the only part of its plans: there are also new stories set in the worlds of Disney•Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical, as well as Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, a live action gunslinging series set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. Iger also announced that Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+, a Rogue One prequel that will star Diego Luna as Rebel spy Cassian Andor, reprising his role from the 2016 movie.
The only other question for now is whether Disney+ will also be available in the UK when it launches, or whether Disney will use its existing subscription platform, DisneyLife, or syndicate content elsewhere.
Loki and Scarlet Witch series lined up for Disney’s streaming service
28th September 2018
New series featuring Loki and Scarlet Witch are being lined up for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
Disney’s new subscription platform is a big deal for the House of Mouse, as it moves to take on Netflix with its own direct-to-consumer offering. A streaming service needs content to survive and, usurprisingly, while some remakes of Disney classics and a High School Musical series are in the pipeline, not to mention a Star Wars series, Disney is also using the clout of Marvel to bring in subscribers.
Marvel Studios is planning a miniseries each for Loki and Scarlet Witch, both supporting characters who have become fan favourites thanks to their portrayals by Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will oversee the initiative, which will reportedly use limited runs of episodes to shine a spotlight on Marvel characters without their own solo feature films. Whether the actors in the big screen MCU will reprise their roles is not yet known, although the odds may well be in favour of Hiddleston and Olsen being retained, after Hiddleston has played Loki in five films and Olsen has appeared in four.
Thor’s cunning half-brother has enough charm and back-story to fuel his own stories, while Witch’s romantic entanglement with Vision (played by Paul Bettany in the films) has enough mythology and complexity of its own to power a standalone tale.
Marvel and Disney have not officially commented on the reports, which were confirmed by Deadline and Variety in recent weeks. Sources have said that budgets for the series are substantial, with Marvel’s film production team putting their resources behind them.
The miniseries would join an ongoing focus on short-form video at Marvel, from their now signature post-credit stings to the short films that have regularly been released as bonus features on DVD and Blu-ray titles.