Unused concept art from Thor: Ragnarok makes Loki (Tom Hiddleston) look a bit like Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Ragnarok marked Hiddleston’s fourth outing as the mischievous god, though he wasn’t supposed to make it that far. Loki was slated to die in Thor: The Dark World, but by that point, his popularity had grown too big for Marvel to ignore, and he survived to stir up more trouble for his adopted brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth). While Loki actually did die in Avengers: Infinity War, Hiddleston will be back once more to play the character in a Disney+ series. A loophole in Avengers: Endgame makes it possible, as an alternate version of Loki is currently zipping around the Marvel universe.
Loki is currently scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in the spring of 2021, but production recently faced a setback in the form of the coronavirus pandemic. Like all of the other Marvel Disney+ shows, the pandemic forced Loki to stop filming for the time being, and it’s still unclear as to when it will get back to work. Another suspended Marvel show, WandaVision, reportedly aims to resume in July, and that could suggest a similar timeline for Loki. The series had only recently begun filming when it was ordered to shut down, so there’s still a ways to go.
While fans wait for Loki‘s arrival, they can take a trip down memory lane for the character with this piece of Ragnarok concept art. Shared by Aleski Briclot a year ago, this design for Loki changes his look up considerably, making it more Norse-like. However, as Briclot noted, the scales on his left shoulder call to mind the DC hero Aquaman, who made his proper on-screen debut (Batman v Superman cameo aside) in Justice League just weeks after Ragnarok came out in theaters. Still, it’s an interesting design for Loki, and you can see it down below.
Ragnarok saw Loki and Thor reach a new understanding and turned the usually-villainous Loki into more of a hero. His journey throughout the MCU is arguably one of the most interesting ones present in the mega-franchise, and many are excited to see how his Disney+ show delves deeper into his character. Reportedly, Loki will explore his feelings of identity, which could be a particularly fruitful topic considering how Loki was adopted as a baby.
Beyond that first season of Loki, the character’s future in the MCU is unclear. There are rumors suggesting Loki could already be renewed for a second season, while others wonder if Hiddleston could appear in Thor’s fourth solo adventure, Thor: Love and Thunder. Presumably, this will become clearer once Loki actually arrives on Disney+. Until then, fans can always revisit Ragnarok to help the wait go by faster.