Tom Hiddleston has cemented himself in the hearts of fans after playing Loki for nearly a decade. And now the God Of Mischief has a show of its own. The plot details have been kept secret, but what we do know is that the series will start where we last saw Loki in Avengers: Endgame. This is an alternate Loki, who did not undergo the redemption arc in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. He is still reeling from defeat at the Battle of New York.
But while Tom Hiddleston immortalized the character in the movies, let’s not forget that the impostor has been wreaking havoc in the comics for much longer. Loki has some very complex storylines in the comics, which deserve to be addressed in the series.
From turning Thor into a frog to assembling the Young Avengers and running for president, the Disney Plus Hotstar series could really tap into this gold mine. In the trailers, we already see a promising comic strip of Loki becoming president. This comic was written in response to the chaotic elections of 2016, and if you think you want to learn more about Loki’s motivations, pick up this comic.
Loki as chairman. (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Meanwhile, here are some other storylines that could make it to the series:
Loki, agent of Asgard
This comic saw a fresh twist on the character, where he redeemed himself and wanted to do good for the world. He makes a deal with the All-Mother to become the Agent of Asgard, giving him the opportunity to erase all his sins with every problem he solves. He embarks on a journey to right all his mistakes, and it’s the perfect blend of Norse mythology and action. This may look a bit like the upcoming series, but with the Time Variance Authority. Well… we never know.
In this comic, Surtur attacks Asgard causing massive destruction. Loki steps out to save his home, but this results in Odin’s death in a heartbreaking finale. Although Odin is already dead in the MCU, it would be interesting to see a fight between Surtur and Loki in the series.
The Trials of Loki
This series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa featured a young God Of Mischief, who was a favorite of the Asgardians. But things change drastically after he kills for the first time. The Asgardians begin to hate him and force Loki to lean towards the dark side. The elements of this storyline would make for an interesting series, perhaps giving more backstory to the character than what we’ve seen in the movies so far.
This version of Loki became all the rage among the fans. In Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself, to avoid death during the siege of Asgard, Loki is reborn as a much younger Loki in Paris. Going by the name of Serrure, the Kid Loki has no memory of his deeds as an adult. Thor, grieving for his brother despite his evil deeds, tracks him down and takes him back to Asgard. The comic had numerous twists and turns as Kid Loki even encounters a decrepit version of his old self. The ghost tells him that this birth and rebirth were orchestrated by Loki himself and that he had promised that “evil would last forever.” Yet Kid Loki takes a stand and turns this old me into a bird. He names the bird Ikol (Loki spelled backwards).
Kid Loki returns again in Young Avengers: Style > Substance, where he puts together the Young Adventures. The comic is endearing because it raises more questions about Loki. Can he really be trusted? It would be nice to see if the series can pull off a Young Loki storyline, without sacrificing Tom Hiddleston, of course.
There is a lot of source material for Loki and the movies are just the tip of the iceberg. Will the show do justice to this wonderfully complex villain?
Loki premieres on Disney Plus Hotstar on June 9.