Everybody’s favourite god of mischief is about to return in Loki, the subsequent live-action collection set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Premiering June 9 on the Disney+ streaming service, Loki brings Tom Hiddleston again because the Asgardian trickster final seen in Avengers: Endgame and units him on a time- and space-traveling journey sure to take a look at each his formidable abilities and his questionable ethical compass.
It’s been greater than two years since Endgame hit theaters, so we may all use a bit refresher when it comes to our final encounter with Thor’s troublemaking adopted brother. Right here’s every little thing you want to know earlier than watching the Loki collection.
Notice: Dialogue of plot factors from prior Marvel Cinematic Universe films will happen from this level ahead, so think about this a spoiler warning.
As soon as a trickster…
Within the MCU, Loki is the adopted brother of Thor, who he has lengthy resented for his punch-first, question-later strategy to life and his seemingly favored standing within the eyes of their father, Odin. Preferring technique and deception to brute drive, Loki is a shape-shifter able to taking on the looks and voice of others, and though he’s additionally a talented fighter — having educated and battled alongside Thor on many events — he usually makes use of his talents to trick Thor and different heroes so as to acquire energy and standing.
Hiddleston first appeared as Loki in 2011’s Thor, with the god of mischief dwelling up to his title by enacting a scheme to have Thor banished to Earth so he can usurp the throne of Asgard. He seemingly perished after his plan was foiled, solely to return in 2012’s The Avengers with a mind-controlling Infinity Stone and an alien armada primed to invade Earth. As soon as once more, his plan was foiled, however not till after he used the Tesseract — one other Infinity Stone — to briefly open a portal into deep house for the alien invaders. He was lastly overwhelmed by the Avengers (primarily Hulk) and brought into custody on the finish of the movie.
Subsequent MCU movies set Loki on a redemptive journey that had him ally with Thor on numerous events, rescue a ship filled with Asgardians from the destruction of their planet, and finally sacrifice himself to save Thor, Hulk, and plenty of Asgardians from the cosmic conqueror Thanos in Avengers: Infinity Warfare.
Rewind and play once more
Loki’s story arc received a reboot of kinds in Avengers: Endgame, which had Earth’s heroes journey again by means of their very own timeline so as to pluck the varied Infinity Stones from historical past and reset Thanos’ universe-changing actions on the finish of Infinity Warfare. Their travels by means of time weren’t with out a few missteps, although — together with an accident that units up the occasions of Loki.
In Endgame, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) journey again to 2012 and try to steal the Infinity Stone that Loki used to open a portal for the alien armada, arriving simply after the trickster god is defeated. Their plan backfires, and within the commotion, Loki acquires the highly effective artifact and escapes by means of a portal to an unknown location.
His whereabouts and actions after that time are at the moment unknown, as his encounter with the Infinity Stone successfully rebooted his story and created a wholly new timeline for him after the occasions of The Avengers. The entire experiences that set him on a redemptive path, starting with Thor: The Darkish World and operating by means of the rest of the MCU — together with Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity Warfare, and Endgame — have now been erased, leaving his present standing in Marvel’s interconnected universe unknown.
Principally, Loki will now provide a brand new timeline of occasions for the character after The Avengers.
God, fugitive … hero?
In accordance to Marvel’s synopsis of the collection, Loki is anticipated to have his space-hopping journey curtailed by the Time Variance Authority, an company tasked with preserving the timestream. This alternate model of Loki threatens the material of time and house together with his mischievous machinations, so he’s given a alternative: Be erased from existence or use his abilities to assist the company “repair” different threats to the timeline.
And that seems to be the place (and possibly extra importantly, when) we discover Loki when the collection begins.
Acquainted faces, new faces
Up to now, the one MCU actor confirmed to return for the primary six-episode season of Loki is Hiddleston, however given the character’s affinity for altering his look, there’s an excellent probability Hiddleston gained’t be the one actor to play the present’s titular trickster.
Among the many different confirmed Loki forged members are Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked, and Wunmi Mosaku, who play numerous brokers within the TVA. Actors Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, Erika Coleman, and Eugene Cordero are additionally confirmed forged members within the collection, however their roles haven’t been recognized.
Marvel’s Loki premieres Wednesday, June 9, on streaming service Disney+.