We were invited to a virtual press conference for the Disney+ series “Loki”, which is certain to be another big MCU hit for the streaming service. The press conference featured Tom Hiddleston (Loki); Owen Wilson (Mobius); Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ravonna Renslayer); Wunmi Mosaku (Hunter B-15 ); director Kate Herron; head writer Michael Waldron and producer Kevin Feige.
Moderator Chris Hewitt started with a question for Tom 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?” Hiddleston replied, I was so excited by the idea. And also, I had to scratch my head of it because that scene in Avengers: Infinity War had felt so final. Had felt so conclusive as the end of Loki’s story. Hiddleston continued that he knew Avengers: Endgame was “around the corner” and that in that film, Loki picks up the Tesseract and disappears in a puff of smoke. “Where does he go? How does he get there? And then he was assured that would be the starting point of the series.
Hewitt then turned to Kevin Feige, asking when he knew that Loki would have his own show. Feige answered, “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”. He also said that they didn’t know specifically where the character would go, but “one of my favorite things coming out of Endgame was people saying that we forgot to tie up the loose ends of Loki. Loki just disappears and we forgot to mention what happens to him at the end of that movie”. Feige knew by then that there was Disney+ coming and that there would be a show. He found it exciting to make people wait until they figured out what the show would be.
Waldron said he was excited about the opportunity when he heard there was going to be a series about Loki. “It was already my favorite character in the MCU. And it was going to have a time travel element”.
Hewitt welcomed Owen Wilson to the MCU and asked him how it felt to be part of it. “It’s exciting to be part of it. He called the fan base “revved up and passionate”. He continued, “Marvel’s just so committed to trying to surprise people. So then you kind of get into it”.
Hiddleston was asked what he hoped the audience would take away from the extended story of Loki.
“What I love about the series is Loki is stripped of everything that is familiar to him. Thor is not close by. Asgard seems some distance away. The Avengers for the time being aren’t in sight. He’s stripped of his status and power”. He added, “What makes Loki Loki?” Hiddleston asked if Loki was capable of growth or of change.
Hiddleston says it is an honor to play Loki. “There’s no question that the reason I am allowed to continue to play him is because he clearly means so much to so many people and for so many reasons. And that is incredibly gratifying for me”.