It’s official! Tom Hiddleston will headline his own ‘Loki’ series on Disney’s new streaming service, which has officially been dubbed Disney+. Buzz about this series first surfaced in mid-September, along with one starring Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. Since then, it has been learned that a series featuring Anthony Mackie as The Falcon and Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier may also materialize.
Unlike the existing Marvel-based TV shows, the ones on Disney+ will be more closely connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will be overseen by Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige. ABC’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, Hulu’s ‘Runaways’, Freeform’s ‘Cloak & Dagger’ and the various Netflix programs all originate from Marvel Television and its head Jeph Loeb, who reports to Marvel Entertainment, which is completely separate from the film division.
Disney+ is expected to launch in fall 2019 and among its initial offerings will be Jon Favreau’s ‘Star Wars’ series ‘The Mandalorian’. Today it was announced that a separate solo series focusing on Diego Luna‘s character Cassian Andor, pre-‘Rogue One’, would also be in the offering, although probably not when Disney+ first launches. In addition, Disney+ will offer a ‘Monsters Inc.’ animated series, a new ongoing ‘High School Musical’ series, and a live action film version of ‘Lady & the Tramp’.
So far, ‘Loki’ is the only Marvel series officially confirmed, but the creative team hasn’t been announced. Is it too much to hope that ‘Thor: Ragnarok”s Taika Waititi is involved? He is already working on ‘The Mandalorian’, not to mention FX’s ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, so he’s already working in TV at the moment.
The Marvel shows on Disney+ are expected to only run for six to eight episodes each, so they are really more like miniseries and should work around these actors’ busy schedules.
Of course, the big question is, will this be a prequel? After all, Loki appears to be dead in the films. That could change with ‘Avengers 4’.
What do you think? Are you excited by the thought of a ‘Loki’ series? What about the other Marvel shows that are rumored to be in the pipeline?