Rumors have bounced about for the last couple of months about Marvel Cinematic Universe set Marvel Studios limited television style series featuring fan-favorite or familiar characters. During an earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger finally made one of the limited series a confirmed reality.
Prepare yourselves, Tom Hiddleston is set to return as Loki as the first official MCU limited series on the Disney+ streaming service (Iger also revealed that was the new name for the platform in the call). No other details were given about the project, such as what the focus would be or even when it would take place as Loki’s future seemed pretty grim during Avengers: Infinity War.
Previously alongside the report of the Loki series, Disney/Marvel Studios were said to be developing a Scarlet Witch series with Elizabeth Olson returning to the part with Paul Bettany’s Vision joining her as well as a buddy team-up series with Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier and Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson/Falcon.
Coming in at a reported six to eight episodes each, these series will be more akin to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. than the Netflix Marvel series because these shows will still fully connect to the MCU and will star the same actors as the films. As most expected, this would mean that both Bucky and Falcon make a return following the snap heard round the universe in Avengers: Infinity War.
With the future of the MCU likely to be very packed with sequels for Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and others confirmed or suspected as well as Black Widow and other films in the works, this move makes sense to expand the MCU in a new way. Limited shows allow characters who likely won’t get their own films time to be developed and explored outside of having a supporting role in ensemble films.
Diseny+ is set to arrive sometime in late 2019, with no word about when this Loki series or others will debut.