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Kid Loki Is the Recipe for the MCU Disney+ Show's Success

Disney+'s upcoming Loki limited series should take a more youthful approach. The series, which was confirmed to be in development in November, will bring Marvel Cinematic Universe star Tom Hiddleston back to the eponymous role -- but maybe not in the way fans expect. According to a new rumor, Hiddleston will only provide voice-over narration. However, that may be exactly what both the series and the character needs.

As fans of the MCU know, dead doesn't always mean dead, and so it is in Marvel Comics as well. Like the cinematic version of the character, the Marvel Universe's Loki has flirted with death on numerous occasions. His most recent demise, though, has been particularly long-lasting. Loki Laufeyson -- as both movie and comics fans are familiar with him -- died in Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel's Siege #4 all the way back in 2010, and he has never since been the same.

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Loki's Siege death led to his rebirth almost immediately. The character returned in January 2011's Thor #617 by Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry, but he wasn't the decrepit shell of a Frost Giant-turned-Asgardian that fans knew and loved. Instead, he was reincarnated as a young boy, mischievous but certainly not evil. Indeed, this young version of Loki -- dubbed Kid Loki by fans -- had no recollection of his past life and, thus, no memory of all the evil he had wrought on the Nine Realms.

Soon, Kid Loki ended up the star of his own series. Starting with issue #622, he took the helm of Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen and a number of artists, including Stephanie Hans, Richard Elson and Doug Braithwaite. He quickly discovered a secret room within Asgard, where he found a spirit of his older self -- a contingency plan put in place by the original Loki, for the event of his death. Though this shadow of Loki encouraged Kid Loki to embrace his evil tendencies, the boy wanted no part of it. Instead, he transformed the shade into a talking magpie, which he subsequently named Ikol. Ikol became his companion for the duration of the series.

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Throughout Journey Into Mystery, Kid Loki went on quite a few adventures of his very own, out of sight from his older brother Thor. He constantly struggled to overcome other people's preconceived notions of him and solved problems in his own unconventional, mischievous way, which often landed him in hot water with authority figures like the All-Mother. In addition to Ikol, he picked up a few companions along the way, like Thori the Hell Hound and Leah, Handmaiden of Hela.

Without giving too much away, Kid Loki's time as lead of the series came to a close in Journey Into Mystery #645, which brought his story full circle. Of course, his story didn't end there -- he went on to feature in Gillen and Jaime McKelvie's Young Avengers before becoming Teen Loki and headlining Loki: Agent of Asgard -- but his Journey Into Mystery tenure encapsulated a powerful arc with a deep understanding of his history and characterization.

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