If you haven't streamed the first episode of the new Loki series on Disney+, you don't know what you're missing (read our Loki Review). At the Global Press Conference for the new Loki series on Disney+, I had the chance to interview the cast and creative team behind the new show and learn some Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+:
- Kevin Feige (Producer, President of Marvel Studios, and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel)
- Michael Waldron (Creator, Head Writer, and Executive Producer)
- Kate Herron (Director and Executive Producer)
- Wunmi Mosaku (“Hunter B-15”)
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Judge Ravonna Renslayer”)
- Owen Wilson (“Agent Mobius M. Mobius”)
- Tom Hiddleston (“Loki” and Executive Producer)
During the interviews with the cast, I learned so much about the making of the Loki series, the why behind it, and a little more about the creative processes at Marvel Studios. I wanted to share some fun facts about the Loki Series on Disney Plus.
7 Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+
Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+: After Avengers: Infinity War, no one knew for sure if there would be a Loki again.
Feige was asked about his intent for Loki. When did he know he was going to have him as the titular character of his own series? Did he know where he was going or when he would show up after Endgame?
Kevin Feige: I think we did not know it when we shot Infinity War. But I think we did know it when we shot Endgame is my recollection of it.
What that meant and where that specifically would go, we didn’t know. But one of my favorite things coming out of Endgame was people saying, that we forget to tie up the loose end of Loki. Loki just disappears and we forgot to mention what happens to him at the end of that movie.
And, at that point, we did know that there was Disney+ coming and the show coming. It became very exciting to make people wait until we figured out what the show would be.
and Tom thought the same thing
Tom Hiddleston: …that scene in Avengers: Infinity War had felt so final. Had felt so conclusive, as the end of Loki's story.
Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+: While Judge Ravonna Renslayer is in the comic books, her character in Loki is more of an origin story.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw shared with us that while her character—Judge Ravonna Renslayer—is in the Marvel comic books, the version we see in Loki is far from a replica. The version of Renslayer we meet in Loki predates the one we see in the comics and is intended to be more of an origin story.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw: There was also the opportunity to feel like we were starting with something fresh with the TVA that hadn't been seen before by fans on screen, but there's so much there that I feel like there's plenty of potential for her in the future as well.
Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+: Hunter B-15 is a brand-new character.
Wunmi Mosaku loves that there is no pressure related to her character because Hunter B-15 is a completely new character, not one based on the comics. B-15 comes with a completely free slate and no one has ideas of who she is.
Wunmi Mosaku: It does feel like a bit of pressure when you're joining the MCU. It's the MCU. Being able to just have a clean slate and just do whatever I want to do with Kate [Herron], it's great. It's just fun. It's kind of free.
Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+: Stylistically, the inspirations for the crime-thriller aspects of the show come from things such as film noir films (lighting), Se7en, Zodiac, and Silence of the Lambs.
Kate Herron: Stylistically…we were really inspired by a lot of film noir films, and you can see that in our lighting and how we approached it. Se7en is a very heavy influence. There's a little reference to Se7en in Episode 2 of a little needle drop, which I'm sure fans of that film will recognize instantly.
Michael Waldron: I think Fincher for sure. Zodiac and Silence of the Lambs were two specific ones that we were really looking at a lot in the writers' room.
Though, Kevin Feige said Kate is the real inspiration when she pitched Marvel with her storyboards.
Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+: Friends from work! Okay, school. Tom, Gugu, and Wunmi are all friends from school.
Wunmi Mosaku, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Tom Hiddleston all attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) at the same time.
Wunmi Mosaku had been sent some materials for an audition but told it was top secret so had no idea what it was.
Wunmi Mosaku: I got a phone call in the middle of the night saying I'd been offered a part in Loki, I was like, when did I audition for Loki? Okay. Yeah, sure. And it was really exciting. I know Tom and Gugu…so I felt like even though it was terrifying—the idea of joining the MCU 'cause it's like this huge thing—knowing that I was gonna walk into the room and have friends there…it felt really, really good.
Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+: Tom gave “Loki Lectures” to help the MCU newbs get up to speed on the mythology.
Owen Wilson shared about going to “Loki School” and how Tom took the time to share his “Loki Lectures” to help him learn the depths of the MCU mythology when he came on board so he could better understand the characters and how they all fit together. Owen would ask questions, Tom would answer, and it actually helped them both in the end.
Owen Wilson: I think that was really important and really helpful to our dynamic, once we started filming the scenes, because some of our conversations just when we were kind of going over that stuff, would work its way in.
Tom Hiddleston: It was an interesting time trying to compress the experience of my time in the MCU and 6 movies. And, Mobius is an expert in Loki. He knows more about Loki than Loki does.
I was trying to help Owen with some of my memories of my experience, and Owen asked such insightful, intelligent questions that made me rethink various, aspects of the character. And those conversations found their way into the scenes themselves.
Fun Facts about Loki on Disney+: Tom hopes you see the varying aspects of Loki as the show develops.
Tom and Kate were sharing how the Loki Lectures came to be. Tom mentioned people were curious about so many different decisions that had been made by everybody who had been the inspiration for what had come before with Loki and contributions to his character, costume changes, adaptations to his choreography, or changes in the kind of dramatic arc. Loki has layers. Lots and lots of layers yet to be unraveled and discovered.
Tom Hiddleston: I hope that when the show unfolds, the precision about these different aspects of Loki might become clearer…People wanted to know about the horns. I do remember that. There was a question of when does Loki wear the horns? Why does he wear them? Is it a ceremonial thing? Or are they somehow an extension of some emotional intention that he's particularly malevolent at those times? And it was kind of interesting to be asked these questions from outside the experience. All will become clear in time.
Loki is streaming now on Disney+.
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