Tom Hiddleston is ready for fans to see the hard work he’s put into Marvel’s Loki TV series on Disney+. Set to premiere June 9, the series picks up shortly after the events of Avengers: Endgame. And it shows Loki’s life outside of his relationship with Thor.
Loki has been one of the most popular and enduring characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For the past 11 years, fans have seen a lot of what the God of Mischief is capable of in the Thor and Avengers films. However, Hiddleston recently assured that Loki will showcase the character’s powers in never-before-seen ways.
Tom Hiddleston is excited to explore Loki’s shapeshifting abilities
Hiddleston has played Loki for over a decade, so it’s safe to say he’s extremely well-versed in the character. The English actor recently told Entertainment Weekly that his upcoming Loki TV series will dive even deeper into the God of Mischief’s abilities and personality.
“The series will explore Loki’s powers in a way they have not yet been explored, which is very, very exciting,” Hiddleston said.
Specifically, Hiddleston is most excited to show off Loki’s shapeshifting powers and delve into new parts of his unpredictable ways.
“I love this idea [of] Loki’s chaotic energy somehow being something we need,” he said. “Even though, for all sorts of reasons, you don’t know whether you can trust him. You don’t know whether he’s going to betray you. You don’t why he’s doing what he’s doing.”
Hiddleston says identity, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance are major themes of the ‘Loki’ TV series
In more ways than one, Loki’s shapeshifting ability has a big impact on who he is. Because Loki is constantly changing, Hiddleston questions what Loki’s true identity is once viewers get past his charming persona.
“If he’s shapeshifting so often, does he even know who he is? And is he even interested in understanding who he is?” Hiddleston said. “Underneath all those masks, underneath the charm and the wit, which is kind of a defense anyway, does Loki have an authentic self? Is he introspective enough or brave enough to find out? I think all of those ideas are all in the series — ideas about identity, ideas about self-knowledge, self-acceptance, and the difficulty of it.”
The inclusion of the Time Variance Authority convinced Tom Hiddleston to do ‘Loki’
Even though Hiddleston was on board with creating the Loki TV series from the jump, he admitted there are a few parts of the show that made it particularly attractive. One of them was the inclusion of the Time Variance Authority, an organization that monitors realities in the multiverse. According to Hiddleston, this move was “the best idea that anybody had pertaining to the series.”
Hiddleston was excited to find out the TVA was part of the show because he believes the organization will force his character to do things he’s never done before.
“There was always something about Loki that was very controlled,” Hiddleston said. “He seemed to know exactly what the cards in his hand were and how he was going to play them. … And Loki versus the TVA is Loki out of control immediately, and in an environment in which he’s completely behind the pace, out of his comfort zone, destabilized, and acting out.”
The Loki TV series premieres June 9 on Disney+.