While Marvel continues to remain officially mum on any and all plans for its characters until after Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in April, projects in the works under the radar are staffing up so they can begin shooting later this year. This includes the Loki limited series that will debut on the Disney streaming service Disney+, which will find Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief. You may be asking how, given that Loki bit the dust at the beginning of Infinity War, but of course, this is the land of comics, my friend. What is dead may never die.
The news today, then, is that Michael Waldron has been selected as showrunner for Loki, per THR. Waldron is a writer and producer whose credits include Good Game, HarmonQuest, and most notably Rick and Morty. He will write the pilot and serve as show creator and executive producer for Loki.
The show will reportedly revolve around how Hiddleston’s character pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events, which means it’ll probably be a prequel of sorts as opposed to reviving the character following his death at the hands of Thanos. Or perhaps time travel or alternate dimensions play a role in Endgame that paves the way for Loki to live on. Again, we don’t and won’t know until that film hits theaters in April, which is why Marvel is playing this so close to the chest.
The Disney+ Marvel shows will reportedly hail from Marvel Studios, not Marvel Television. Marvel Studios is behind all of the MCU films, while Marvel TV—headed up by Jeph Loeb—ran point on the Netflix shows and produces the other series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Runaways. Which likely means that these Disney+ limited series will carry far bigger budgets and have bigger stars. In truth, these Disney+ shows will be the first Marvel TV shows produced with Kevin Feige in charge.
Other Disney+ Marvel shows in the works include The Vision and Scarlet Witch starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, which has Jac Schaeffer (Captain Marvel) as showrunner, and a team-up series for Falcon and Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, with Malcolm Spellman (Empire) writing and producing.
Expect official announcements regarding these series in the coming months as Endgame hits theaters and Disney begins to tease the content that will be available on its exclusive streaming service.