It’s looking like Loki fans have just had the most Marvel-lous present ever.
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Few Infinity War deaths hit quite as hard as the neck-snapping exit of the God of Mischief and fans have been desperately trying to figure out how on Asgard he can come back.
The most popular theories suggest he faked his death with magic, is currently masquerading as Hulk or actually wanted to die so he could get to Hel and hook up with Hela and Odin to recruit them in the battle against Thanos.
A major new report in Variety just revealed that Loki will not only be back on screen, there will be more of him than ever before…
Variety said: “Disney is enlisting Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the company prepares to launch its upcoming streaming service. The entertainment giant is in early development on an ambitious plan for a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies.
“There’s an important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts, however. The actors who portrayed these heroes and villains in the Avengers films and their spin-offs, such as Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, are expected to play them in the streaming shows.”
Rather than the current crop of Marvel and DC television adaptations, these new spin-offs will have budgets closer to their big screen counterparts.
Disney will be pulling all of its content from Netflix and any other streaming servivces when the new platform launches. They will need major original content to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for another streaming service. Delivering big budget, movie-standard series featuring hugely popular characters like Loki is a sure-fire way to get the fans on board.
Variety added: “Moreover, though sources close to the production are staying mum on the cost of the programming, the budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio productions. Each series is expected to include six to eight episodes.”
These new format spin-offs will be directly linked the Marvel Cinematic Universe unlike previous small screen shows like Agents of SHIELD, for example, which, although co-produced with Marvel, is primarily an ABC network production.
Variety added “Marvel Studios will produce the shows and Kevin Feige, the guru of all things MCU, is expected to take a hands-on role in their development.”
Neither Marvel nor Disney has made any official comment, but this news is certain to have fans celebrating.
Loki alive in one or two more Avengers movies would be thrilling enough. An entire mini-series dedicated to the God of Mischief promises a whole new level of magnificent mayhem.