Marvel’s upcoming Disney Plus series, Loki, has long been expected to launch in the first half of 2021. On Wednesday morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that’s exactly when fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe can expect to see the new show.
According to ComicBook.com, Iger delivered the news during a shareholders meeting. The question now is whether or not Iger’s comments mean the program will get moved up from the late spring launch date most expected. With Iger mentioning the premiere will take place “early” in 2021, it’s a safe bet fans are going to get an official release date sooner rather than later for Loki.
Of course, it’s also possible Iger has to walk back his comments in the near future. Another Disney Plus show, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, recently had its debut date moved back because of the coronavirus outbreak. Loki is still early in production and could be similarly affected if things get much worse on the pandemic front.
There has been a spate of news about the show, which features the character Tom Hiddleston made famous in the Thor and Avengers movies. This time around, he’s said to be a kind of anti-hero who will be doing battle with the Time Variance Authority.
That revelation has led some to believe fans could get to see the MCU version of Kang the Conqueror at some point in the series. While the villain is known more as a foe of the Avengers in the comic books, time-traveling adventures would seem to be a golden opportunity to introduce the villain.
Most of the cast for Loki is still unknown, though The Inquisitr previously reported that Owen Wilson has been brought on board. At the same time the news of Wilson’s casting circulated, a casting call gave viewers some idea as to whom they should look out for in the upcoming series.
With the confirmation that Loki is going to see release in early 2021, it seems as if the Disney Plus series could be used to kick off the next slate of MCU enterprises. Next year is going to be jam-packed with Marvel projects; in addition to Loki, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7), Spider-Man 3 (July 16), What if…? (Summer) Hawkeye (Fall), and Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5) are all due out in 2021.
Three additional Disney Plus series — Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk — are currently without release dates. While Loki doesn’t have an official release date just yet, fans of the MCU at least now have a more concrete idea of when they can expect to see the Norse god of mischief again.