Two things are constant in Marvel’s cinematic universe – tricks and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) returning from the dead. First introduced in the 2011 film. tor, the villain was subsequently killed three times on screen. He returns, smug and mean, as always in the six-part series DisneyPlus Hotstar Premium Loki. His appearance is the result of a cunning loophole – since his last death at the hands of Thanos was quite irreversible, the series follows Loki from the end of the first The Avengers (2012) film. When the Avengers travel back in time The Avengers: The ultimate game (2019), they inadvertently hand over Loki’s escape vehicle to the past. Instead of being returned to Asgard, he is able to grab the tesseract and escape … directly into the hands of the almighty organ to vary the time from which the series emerges.
Loki’s time travel takes him to the site of at least two major historical events – the destruction of Pompeii and the disappearance of DB Cooper, a criminal who hijacked a plane connected to Seattle in 1971 and then jumped with a parachute. missing. Meanwhile, he has to deal with embarrassing revelations about himself, a mysterious enemy tasked with tracking down, and a controversial relationship with TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson), whom he isn’t sure he can trust.
“This is a sci-fi crime thriller with a robber in the center,” said lead writer Michael Waldron, whose credits include Rick and Morty and the forthcoming Dr. Strange in the multiverse of madness. He talks about why it’s fun to visit an older version of Loki and how to create tension when you know that the character is not at real risk of dying:
Loki “died” and came to life three times. When you’re dealing with a character who’s had so many fakes, how do you maintain dramatic tension? How to make the audience worry about him when he is in a dangerous situation?
That was certainly a challenge. We still embraced Loki’s mortal danger. We saw how he could really die in The Avengers: Infinity War (2019). He is not immortal. This is a different version of Loki and the show opens him up to emotional danger and vulnerability in a way that has never happened before. Given the way fans love this character, this could create an even more serious danger for him.
Loki is involved in the destruction of Pompeii, he is involved in the disappearance of DB Cooper and, passing by the trailer, he sits on the throne of Asgard. How did you find out in which real and fictional events you want to release it?
It was just having fun in the writers’ room and saying, “What crazy, fun historical events can we go to?” We wanted to go from well-known events like Pompeii to something like DB Cooper, which is a deep cut and a bit American folklore, which I have always been fascinated by. We wanted to finally answer the question of his disappearance and say, “Yes, Loki is DB Cooper.”
Loki had a whole redemptive rainbow, but Loki in this show is from the end of the first Avengers movie. What are the fun parts of reviewing an old version of the character and what are the challenges?
The fun is that he hasn’t had a rainbow yet and so there’s still a way to go emotional. He’s angry, he’s angry because he just lost the battle of New York. So it’s always a fun version of the character so you can write. At the same time, everyone is seen Thor: The dark world (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and The Avengers: Infinity War (2018). We couldn’t just tell the same story, we couldn’t have the same rainbow. We had to do something new with the character and that was the challenge.
There’s this incredibly moving speech at the end of episode 1, when Loki finally admits what it is. What went into writing it?
It was a speech I wrote, and then Tom read the script and we really worked together. Tom is Loki and he understands this character better than anyone else. He really understood the ways in which Mobius could expose him, and so speech became one of my favorite collaborations with him.