The initial news that Disney was developing a live-action series starring Loki for its upcoming streaming service brought with it a lot of questions. After all, at the time of the announcement, the Asgardian God of Mischief was dead following the cataclysmic events of Avengers: Infinity War.
Fans then began to wonder how the series would fit into Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity. For a while, it was rumored that the series would star another actor in the role of a young Loki, with Tom Hiddleston only providing voiceover work for narration purposes.
However, Disney later confirmed that Hiddleston would indeed return to wear the golden horns in the Disney+ series. Then, the release of Avengers: Endgame changed everything. While the final fate of Loki was kept up in the air until the highly anticipated conclusion, the film did end up bringing Loki back to life. Well, a version of Loki from another timeline.
Now, the first concept image for Loki has finally been released, and it's intriguing to say the least. In fact, it's so specific that it has us wondering if the Disney+ series will feature another MCU time heist, as seen in Avengers: Endgame.
While it was just released online, the Loki concept photo was actually taken during the Walt Disney Company's Investor Day on April 11. It shows Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige presenting the project with an image, which features Hiddleston's God of Mischief walking in the middle of a street in front of a movie theater. The marquee, which advertises the movie Jaws, as well as the cars and fashion on display, indicates that the year appears to be 1975. So, what is Loki doing there?
Well, from this first look, it appears as if an early rumor about Loki's premise may have been right. The rumor, which surfaced months ago, stipulated that the series would follow the God of Mischief around as he "pops up throughout human history as unlikely influencer on historical events."
When Kevin Feige first showed this picture, it's likely that the series wasn't filming yet. This image was probably used more as a proof of concept, a tease at what the series will offer. Therefore, the contrast of Loki roaming the streets of 1975 is certainly no accident. It's a statement about the series and what it will aim to achieve: feature the character as he travels through time.
Of course, for the time being, we have no idea what Loki will be up to. There is the possibility that the series will explore the character's many travels to Earth before we first met him in 2011. But, if the series will star the Avengers: Endgame version of the character who absconded from the timeline thanks to the Tesseract, then we may witness a different kind of story.
If Loki now has the Space Stone, combined with his powerful magics, then it's possible that the God of Mischief will purposefully travel through time as he hunts for something... or maybe even someone. This could draw a parallel to Endgame, which saw the Avengers travel to different points in time (and space) to temporarily steal the Infinity Stones from the timeline. Could Loki be up to a similar trick?
Whatever the case may be, whether Loki is visiting Earth in a linear manner or hopping through the timestream, it sure looks like we will get to see the God of Mischief travel through the history of the MCU. It may not be exactly like what we have seen in Endgame, but it sure seems a bit familiar -- like Loki is also on his own personal "time heist."
However, that's not a bad thing. Whether he visits times and places we have seen before in prior movies like the Avengers remains to be seen, but it seems unlikely. If anything, we may finally get to see more of the history of the MCU, and that's something sure to be packed with plenty of surprises.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is in theaters now.