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‘Loki’ Cheatsheet: MCU Reboot, Runtime, Episode Drops and Big Cameos

When does the show air? How many episodes are there? How long are the episodes? WTF is happening to the MCU?

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When do new episodes of Loki drop on Disney+? How long are the episodes? What the hell is going on with this show and how is Owen Wilson a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe now?

Here’s your brief guide to all things Loki. For now, NO SPOILERS ahead for Loki. Mild spoilers ahead for other Marvel stuff, including EndgameWandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

When do Loki episodes drop on Disney+?

Unlike previous Star Wars and Marvel shows on Disney+, new episodes of Loki will drop on Wednesdays, not Fridays. This means that the new episodes will show up on Disney+ at 3:00 AM EST, Wednesday morning, or Tuesday night, depending on how you look at it. Here’s the schedule

  • June 9: Episode 1
  • June 16: Episode 2
  • June 23: Episode 3
  • June 30: Episode 4
  • July 7: Episode 5
  • July 14: Episode 6 (Series finale)

Like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, don’t expect there to be a Season 2 of Loki. As far as we know, this is a limited series, which indicates whatever storyline is being told here will be wrapped up by the final episode, or, at the very least, lead into the next few big Marvel movies.

Wait, isn’t Loki dead?

Yes…um…no. While it’s true that Loki was killed by Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, the Loki we’re meeting in Loki is from a timeline before that happened. Confused? Well, in Endgame, the Avengers went back in time to 2012, to the events of well…The Avengers, and in doing so, they kind of messed up and dropped the Tesseract. Loki grabbed it and vanished into thin air. So, this Loki is the guy who literally had just finished trying to take over Earth, and tried to make a deal with Thanos. But, he’s on a different timeline than the Loki we remembered. None of this is a spoiler. This is explained in the trailers, and, that’s what happens in Endgame. (Which, granted, is a little confusing.)

But yeah, just like WandaVision focused on another character who was dead, Loki has “brought back” a dead character to life, even though the explanation is (a little) more straightforward. That said, at this rate, dead MCU characters seem to have a slightly higher chance of getting their own Disney+ shows than living ones. Bring on the hologram Tony Stark show?

How long are episodes of Loki?

We’ve seen the first two, and let’s just say…they’re longer than the first several episodes of WandaVision or The Mandalorian Season 1. These feel like full TV episodes.

What is Owen Wilson doing on this show?

Owen Wilson plays Mobius, an agent for the TVA — Time Variance Authority — a weird extra-dimensional regulatory body that keeps track of changes in what they call “the sacred timeline.” We can’t say much more than that right now.

Is Loki rebooting the MCU? What about cameos?

Because the show centers on an alternate version of a very familiar character from the Marvel films, it’s tempting to assume this show is kind of rebooting Marvel continuity. The head writer of Loki is Michael Waldron, who is also the writer of the upcoming 2022 movie, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. We already know that this movie will feature Wanda in her new Scarlet Witch guise, but could Loki be setting up this movie, too?

Ahead of the launch of the show, Waldron has said everyone would “expect the unexpected” when it comes to cameos from elsewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, before Loki ends its six-episode run, we could literally see anyone from the vast world of Marvel movies and TV series. Start your predictions now!

Loki premiers on Disney+ on June 9, 2021.