Loki is the latest Marvel Studios installment on Disney+ and the series now has fans shook from week to week as the mystery continues to unravel. What is the Time Variance Authority up to? What do the Time Keepers really want? In an interview with series director Kate Herron and head writer Michael Waldron, Shadow and Act talked to the duo about what’s to come in the season.
With the Loki in this series being one that we saw prior to his story arcs in the past few films, Waldron spoke about bringing this version of the character up-to-date with the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I think it was important to address all of the growth that the character did on screen in Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, really having that big arc that Loki had before meeting his demise,” he said. “We wanted to address that and it was important to us to bring our Loki of this show up to speed in a way, which, fortunately, the TVA gives you a good way to do that. At the same time, this is a different guy. He hasn’t been through all those experiences and we wanted to send him on a new journey here. The fans have seen those last 10 years of movies. This is something new and it was important for us to tell that new story. It was tricky but when you’ve got the TVA and when you’re dealing with time travel, you’ve got some nice tricks up your sleeve to be able to cheat that stuff.”
With Waldron being the writer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and both dealing with the multiverse, we tried to get him to explain how Loki will impact the MCU to come, but her remained coy. “I think what better character to deal with those things than a character as chaotic as Loki but he’s got to make it through his own TV show first,” he said.
Herron also talked about the inspirations behind the show and framing it as a movie. “Our show is a really interesting mixture because we have things like cold opens and I was inspired by The X-Files. I love and the design and the title being where it was in the show and the excitement. I wanted it to capture how I felt after [the] cold open and show I love them being like, ‘Oh my God, here we go.’ Which is very episodic in very much like TV. I do think the episodes are great because they are like mini-stories of their own. In terms of the approach, I think for me, it was always a big six-hour movie just because we didn’t film this by episode. We filmed it like a giant film.”
Watch the full interviews with Herron and Waldron below: