The Loki solo series on Disney+ has found its director, as Kate Herron has officially signed on to take the helm of the project. Herron's reveal as director came straight from Kevin Feige at the Disney+ panel at the D23 Expo, with head writer Michael Waldron also joining the two on the stage. While this will be Herron's first foray into superhero-based projects, Disney and Marvel clearly see potential in Herron's vision for the series. Of course, Tom Hiddleston will be back as the God of Mischief as well. Expected to begin shooting next year, Loki will consist of six episodes and will debut on Disney+ in 2021.
Previously, Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty) was reported to serve as the showrunner of the series. Additionally, he'll also be writing the pilot and executive producing. As of now, there aren't many details about the plot of the Loki series. What's known is that it will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, following the Loki who escaped with the Space Stone in an alternate timeline. It was also reported the series follows Loki popping up at different points throughout human history, influencing historical events in various ways. It will be interesting to see if the character's demise in Infinity War will be directly referenced on the series.
While Hiddleston couldn't make it to the D23 Expo in person, the actor did make an appearance in a special video played for the audience. He confirmed that Loki will answer some of the remaining questions following what appeared to be the character's final appearance in the MCU. "Where did Loki go after he picked up the Tesseract?" Hiddleston asks. He adds: "Could Loki make a friend? Will the sun shine on him again?" According to Herron, all of those questions will be answered when Loki arrives on Disney+ in Spring 2021.
Herron is an interesting choice for Disney and Marvel to make, as the filmmaker has not taken on a project of this magnitude before. At this point, she is perhaps best known for directing a handful of episodes on the Netflix series Sex Education with Gillian Anderson. She has also helmed a small variety of short films and an upcoming episode of the TV series Daybreak. While she has yet to have experience with comic book adaptations, her work in comedy will surely help set the tone for Loki.
Loki is set to debut on Disney+ in Spring 2021. With the Avengers movies over with and Spider-Man now apparently out of the MCU, it's nice to know we'll at least be checking back in with the time-hopping God of Mischief soon enough. While it will run about as long as two typical Marvel movies, those six hours are likely going to go by quickly. Disney+ will cost subscribers $6.99 per month at launch, also offering the option to bundle the service with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99. The details about the potential plot of Loki were previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.