After much anticipation, fans are finally able to tune in for the season premiere of Marvel’s latest Disney+ show, Loki.
The series consists of six episodes that will set the groundwork for many major Phase 4 films within the next few years.
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Loki must deal with the consequences of breaking the rules of time and his controversial past.
Time Variance Authority (TVA) holds him accountable for meddling with time, which sets a brand new journey for Loki into motion.
BGN was able to catch up with the cast during a press conference that highlighted some of that cast’s thoughts on their roles, Marvel Phase 4, casting experiences, and more.
The virtual press conference was hosted by Chris Hewitt and featured Hiddleston, Wilson, Mbatha-Raw, Mosaku, Kate Herron, Michael Waldron, and Kevin Feige this past Monday.
Hewitt hit the ground running with his first question for Hiddleston. “You probably thought a couple of years ago that you had played Loki for the last time. Then you get a phone call saying that he’s going to get his own show. What goes through your mind? Talk us through that moment if you can.”
“I was so excited by the idea. And also, I had to scratch my head because that scene in Avengers: Infinity War had felt so final. Had felt so conclusive, as the end of Loki’s story. But, I knew that Avengers: Endgame was coming around the corner. And, in that scene in that film, Loki picks up the Tesseract and disappears in a puff of smoke. And where does he go? When does he go? How does he get there?” Hiddleston explained.
Feige explains that the idea for the Loki series didn’t take off until Avengers: Endgame, and even then, it still needed development. “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 forgot 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,” Feige shares.
“I love the idea that people might think you have forgotten something about the MCU,” Hewitt replies with a laugh.
Loki will tie up many loose ends but is also likely to create more as it tests interdimensional limits and plunges viewers into the multiverse.
As the development for Loki continued, Waldron began stepping into his role while spearheading the show’s progression. Even his journey to getting the job sounds like an epic Marvel quest. He explained to Hewitt that he was looking forward to, “Just the opportunities for chaos and fun within that obviously. It just seemed like it would be a great time as a writer. So, I just went after it.”
Hewitt ends his statement, adding, “And started eliminating my enemies one-by-one.”
This was a pretty amusing moment, as everyone took in Hewitt’s Marvel style takedown of his enemies for the job.
“I like it; a nice confession on the press conference,” Hewitt responds.
After that, it seems to be an understatement that Waldron loves his job very much.
Fortunately, for those that enjoy his work on Loki, Waldron is one of the script writers for Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness scheduled to premiere in 2022.
The press conference also took the time to welcome Marvel newcomers, including Wilson as Mobius.
Wilson delves into one of the more challenging aspects of being in a Marvel show, avoiding spoilers. Luckily, he shares his own approach to keeping all of the precious Marvel information on lockdown. “Well, you definitely are kind of walking on eggshells. Like, you know, ’cause you’re not quite sure. Now, did this happen in Episode 3 or 4 or 1 or have they already seen it? So, I just tend to sort of fall back [on, there’s] some very shocking things that are gonna happen.”
Marvel newcomers Mbatha-Raw and Mosaku also had some insight into their new roles and experiences with the MCU so far.
Mbatha-Raw explains that she began learning more about the Marvel comics and some of the similarities and differences they have with Loki. “Well, luckily or unluckily for me, Kate explained to me that this was sort of more of an origin story for Ravonna Renslayer. You know, sort of predating some of the stuff in the comics. So, all that stuff is there. But 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.”
Fans of Ravonna Renslayer in the comics are also eager to see this character potentially develop in other Marvel projects in the future, particularly in Kang the Conqueror, slated to be a Phase 4 film.
Mosaku also shares some of her thoughts on playing Hunter B-15, a character that wasn’t introduced in the comics at all. “No, no pressure, because no one’s got any ideas of what they want her to be. I can bring you who she is, and you have to accept it.” She laughs. “And that’s just, as it is. I kind of like that because, it does feel like a bit of pressure when you’re joining the MCU. It’s like, it’s the MCU. And yeah, being able to just have like a clear slate and just do whatever I want to do with Kate and… It’s great. It’s just fun. It’s kind of free,” she shares with the panel.
With both seasoned and new faces to this Disney+ MCU series, things are gearing up to be extremely exciting as fans are immersed into a brand-new interdimensional adventure.
Loki is streaming every Wednesday on Disney+.
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Danielle Broadway is an English Literature MA student at California State University, Long Beach. She has been published in Black Girl Nerds, LA Weekly and Medium, is a writer for CSULB’s the Daily49er, is a managing editor for Watermark, her school’s academic literary journal and is an assistant editor at Angels Flight • literary west. She’s an activist and educator that is inspired by her family to make social change both in the classroom and beyond.