ComicBook first reported that Owen Wilson, aka Lightning McQueen from Cars, as well as the star of The Royal Tenenbaums, Wedding Crashers, Zoolander, and on and on, is joining the upcoming Disney+ show Loki. There’s no word on who he’ll be playing but, it’s Owen Wilson. It’ll almost certainly be a big role. Gizmodo reached out to Disney for comment or clarification but had not heard back as of publication. Variety confirmed the story.
The news breaks almost a year after Wilson’s brother, Luke Wilson, also joined a superhero TV show. He’s set to appear on the upcoming DC Universe series Stargirl. But a Marvel show that connects with the larger cinematic universe opposite arguably its most famous villain (sorry, Thanos)? That’s something else entirely.
Loki, which is being showrun by Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron and stars Tom Hiddleston, is currently in pre-production and is aiming to start filming later this year. Plot-wise, all we know is the show will link to the moment in Avengers: Endgame when Loki stole the Tesseract in an alternate version of the Battle of New York from The Avengers. Rumour has it, jumping off from there, the show will feature Loki in multiple times and places.
Loki is currently scheduled to hit Disney+ in autumn of 2021.