Marvel Studios' Loki features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new Disney+ series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, and is joined by Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Sasha Lane, Richard E. Grant, Jack Veal, DeObia Oparei, and Jonathan Majors. Kate Herron is the director of the show while Michael Waldron is head writer.
Following his inadvertent escape from the time traveling Avengers, Loki winds up in the Gobi Desert, only to be captured by time agents known as the Time Variance Authority (TVA). He is brought to their headquarters, which is outside the space and time of the timelines. There, he learns that the TVA was created by beings called the Time Keepers that organized a single timeline, the Sacred Timeline, to stop a Multiversal War a long time ago and that he is now what they call a Variant. Loki sentenced to be erased for his crimes because his actions caused a nexus event which branched his timeline and deviated it from the path dictated by the Time Keepers. However, he is saved by an agent named Mobius who asks Judge Ravonna Renslayer to let Loki help them capture a Time Criminal that has been attacking their soldiers, the Minutemen, during field missions.
Mobius interviews Loki to learn what is the motivation behind his actions and why he desires to rule. After some back and forth, realizing that the TVA is omnipotent, and learning that his fate is not to rule but to be killed by Thanos at a later point on the timeline, Loki admits to Mobius that he dislikes harming others and that he is a villain just because he feels that he has to be. Mobius, taking pity on Loki, tells him that he cannot do anything about his destiny but he can bring him on as an agent to hunt the rogue Time Criminal, revealing that this criminal is another Loki Variant. Loki quickly discovers that his other Variant has been hiding in apocalyptic scenarios and he and the TVA chase the criminal down, only to discover that the Variant is a female version of him who goes by the name Sylvie. While chasing her, Loki accidentally ends up stranded at an apocalypse on Lamentis with her.
The pair bonds while trying to escape Lamentis. Because Sylvie had used her magic to enchant members of the TVA and saw their minds, Loki learns from her that the agents are all actually Variants who have been taken from their timelines and had their memories erased to work for the TVA. She further reveals to Loki that she was taken by the TVA as a child and has been trying to get revenge on them by dismantling the organization. When they are about to die at the apocalypse, Loki and Sylvie share a sentimental moment, causing an unusual nexus event resulting in a straight-up branch, so the TVA shows up and captures them. Mobius interrogates Loki and realizes that the event was caused because Loki and Sylvie, two versions of the same being, were falling in love. Loki warns Mobius about the members of the TVA being Variants, and the agent later confirms it by seeing a report of a Hunter that was enchanted by Sylvie and became aware of being a Variant. Hunter B-15, who also had been enchanted, confronts Sylvie and also learns the truth. Ravonna realizes what is happening and has Mobius pruned when he tries to help Loki. She also tries to have Loki and Sylvie pruned by the Time Keepers, but they are saved by B-15. After beheading one of the Time Keepers, they learn that they are just mindless androids, then Ravonna prunes Loki who is distracted trying to confess his love to Sylvie.
Loki winds up in the Void where he meets other versions of himself who have all been pruned from different realities and has to escape from a giant cloud being called Alioth who consumes everything sent to the Void. Sylvie learns that Ravonna doesn't know who the creator of the TVA is and wants answers. Ravonna tells Sylvie about the Void and briefly pretends to ally with her. When Ravonna tries to backstab her, Sylvie prunes herself to find Loki. In the Void, Loki (along with Classic Loki, Kid Loki and Alligator Loki) meet up with Sylvie and Mobius. Mobius uses a TemPad to get back to the TVA while Loki stays with Sylvie to battle and enchant Alioth, as they think the person responsible for the TVA is hiding beyond the Void and using the creature as a gatekeeper. Classic Loki returns to help the pair and ends up sacrificing himself, being devoured by Alioth in the process. At the TVA, Mobius attempts to take on Ravonna and reveals that he found out about her origins on the Sacred Timeline. Ravonna tells him that even after knowing that the Time Keepers are fake, she still believes in the cause of the organization, then she packs her things and leaves with the intent to find the actual person behind the TVA.
After enchanting Alioth, Loki and Sylvie find a Citadel and meet the mascot of the TVA, Miss Minutes who says that the creator of the TVA can grant them anything they want and even put them on the timeline together if they accept his offer, but the pair refuses, stating that they will decide their own destiny. Then, they encounter a man simply called He Who Remains who reveals that not only did he create the TVA, but that he also plotted their every move for them to meet him. He explains that his own Variants caused a Multiversal War a long time ago when they fought for the supremacy of their own timelines, almost destroying everything. With this, he says that he controlled Alioth and organized a single timeline to eliminate his Variants and end the war, and then created the TVA to avoid further branches. He offers them two choices: run the TVA in his place and keep his other Variants at bay, or kill him which will free the Sacred Timeline and unleash his evil Variants in the multiverse. He also reveals that he has been doing his job for a long time, being too old and tired to continue, so he looked for a successor and now the perfect replacement came to him as a pair.
Loki and Sylvie fight, because he wants to avoid the Multiversal War, while she wants her revenge and thinks that Loki just wants to replace He Who Remains. Loki tries to stop Sylvie and tells her that he is not interested in ruling the TVA because he only cares about her well-being. Sylvie becomes emotional and kisses Loki, but still uses a TemPad to send him back to the TVA to be able to complete her mission. She kills He Who Remains, though she feels unfulfilled from her decision. With He Who Remains dead, the Sacred Timeline is freed, branching off multiple times irreversibly. At the TVA, after grieving for failing to stop Sylvie, Loki attempts to tell Mobius and B-15 what has transpired, but they do not recognize him. Loki then sees a new statue replacing the statues of the Time Keepers, realizing that this is a new version of the TVA ruled by Kang, one of the evil Variants of He Who Remains, just as he had been warned.
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Sophia Di Martino as The Variant/Sylvie
- Owen Wilson as Mobius
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer
- Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15
- Eugene Cordero as Casey
- Tara Strong as Miss Minutes (voice)
- Sasha Lane as Hunter C-20
- Richard E. Grant as Classic Loki
- Jack Veal as Kid Loki
- DeObia Oparei as Boastful Loki
- Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains and the Time Keepers (voices)
- Michael Rose as Minutemen
- Derek Russo as Hunter U-92
- Erika Coleman as Flight Attendant
- Cailey Fleming as Kid Sylvie
- Jaimie Alexander as Sif
|No. overall||No. in season||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Glorious Purpose"||Kate Herron||Michael Waldron||June 9, 2021|
|After stealing the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame, Loki lands before the Time Variance Authority.|
|2||2||"The Variant"||Kate Herron||Elissa Karasik||June 16, 2021|
|Mobius puts Loki to work, but not everyone at TVA is thrilled about the God of Mischief's presence.|
|3||3||"Lamentis"||Kate Herron||Bisha K. Ali||June 23, 2021|
|Loki finds out The Variant's plans, but he has his own that will forever alter both their destinies.|
|4||4||"The Nexus Event"||Kate Herron||Eric Martin||June 30, 2021|
|Frayed nerves and paranoia infiltrate the TVA as Mobius and Hunter B-15 search for Loki and Sylvie.|
|5||5||"Journey into Mystery"||Kate Herron||Tom Kauffman||July 7, 2021|
|Loki tries to escape the Void, a desolate purgatory where he meets variant versions of himself.|
|6||6||"For All Time. Always."||Kate Herron||Michael Waldron and Eric Martin||July 14, 2021|
|The clock is ticking in the season finale which finds Loki and Sylvie on a date with destiny.|
It was reported on February 15, 2019, by The Hollywood Reporter, that Loki, one of the first series that Marvel Studios will be making for Disney's streaming service, Disney+, landed Michael Waldron as its point person. Waldron will write the pilot, act as show creator and exec produce the series.
Season 2 was announced on July 14, 2021.
- This series is tied directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, along with WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home. It's also tied into Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
- Loki Season 2 Announced
- "Disney+’s Loki Series Is Directly Linked to Marvel’s Doctor Strange Sequel". CBR (November 8, 2019).
- "'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' Will Tie Into 'WandaVision'". Inverse (July 20, 2019).
- "All the Disney Investor Day Announcements in One Big Post". Vulture (December 11, 2020).