Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson on ‘Loki’

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Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson on ‘Loki’

The actors talk about playing Loki and Moebius in the new show, exploring different areas for their characters, and the MCU’s passionate fan base.

Tom Hiddleston, who won our hearts as a charming, manipulative Loki in six MCU movies, is back with his show. Addressing the media at a virtual press conference, the 40-year-old actor said he was happy and surprised when he got a call about the show. “I was so excited by the idea. I also had to scratch my head because in that scene Avengers: Infinity War As the end of Loki’s story it felt so final, so conclusive. I knew that avengers: endgame It was around the corner where Loki picks up the Tesseract and disappears in a plume of smoke. Where, when and how does he go?”

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Hiddleston says that Marvel boss, Kevin Feige and executive producer executive bottle gourd, Louis D’Esposito and Victoria Alonso assured him that this would be the starting point of the series.

Owen Wilson is the latest entry in the MCU, Mobius M. Mobius (what does the M stand for? Hopefully not another Mobius) an officer with the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and Loki’s handler. Wilson was shocked by the secrecy of all things MCU, “I didn’t understand until I saw how revitalized and passionate the fan base is. Marvel is so committed to trying to surprise people. Walking on eggshells.”

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On the show, Loki is stripped of everything that is familiar to him, Hiddleston says. “Thor is not near. Asgard is some distance away. The Avengers are not in sight. His status and power are taken away from him. If you take all the things that Loki has used to make his mark in the last six movies , so what remains of Loki? Who is he, inside or outside of all these things? They became tempting to ask the question. Loki, what makes Loki? Is there something authentic at his center? Is he capable of growth or change? Does his experience within TVA give him any insight into who he can be, this splendid shapeshifter who never presents the same exterior twice?”

A still from ‘Loki’

Wilson says that after years of comedy and drama, there is not much confidence in the change in the superhero genre. “Kate (Heron, the director) told me about the whole idea for the show and the dynamic between Mobius and Loki. It was a fascinating phone call and I signed on at the same time.”

The highlight of the six-episode series is the relationship and banter between Moebius and Loki. “We’ve talked about it before we started filming,” Wilson says. “Tom very generously and patiently took me through the entire MCU mythology and Loki. We called him the Loki lecture. He let me ask questions. Once we started filming, it was important and helpful to our dynamic When we were going over that stuff, some of our conversations worked their way up. Going to ‘Loki School’ before we started was helpful.”

“It was interesting to try to summarize the experience of my time in the MCU and six movies,” Hiddleston said. “Mobius is an expert at Loki. He knows more about Loki than Loki himself. I was trying to help Owen with some of his memories and experiences. Owen asked such insightful, intelligent questions that helped me understand the character. Various aspects reconsidered. Owen said, ‘Sounds a little bit like a play like this.’ A germ of a thought had settled in his mind that a theatrical experience might be just around the corner.”

“It was more than the germ of an idea!” Wilson laughs. “It was only when you gave me six or seven plays to read. It was like a chess match between Möbius and Loki, with Möbius trying to be on par with the god of mischief. Loki is clearly playing catch-up. I thought these scenes were fun to do.”

Behind the scenes, says Hiddleston, who is one of the executive producers, there were many discussions on the camera, stunts, costume and production design. “The series was going to touch on many different aspects of Loki’s history. There was curiosity about the decisions that were made for what happened first. So from Kenneth Branagh and Alex Bryan and Bo Welch to Charlie Word, Mia Rubio and Taika Waititi, and Joe and Anthony Russo, all of these people contributed to Loki’s story. Things like why his costume changes, or his adaptations to his choreography, or changes to his dramatic arc.”

Hiddleston says Loki’s fan base is gratifying, and he loves playing the character

There was curiosity about Loki’s horns, Hiddleston revealed. “One question was, when does Loki wear horns? Why does he wear them? Is this a formal thing? Or are they somehow an extension of some emotional intent? Is he particularly spiteful at the time?”

Ultimately, Hiddleston says he enjoys playing Loki. “I feel so lucky that I’m still here, and there are new aspects to the character every time I learn about it. I think he’s a huge range character. It’s like the same experience.” Never seems to. I’m surrounded by these wonderful people. I think that’s probably because of Loki’s complexity every time he’s in a new dynamic, new things emerge.”

According to Hiddleston, Loki’s fan base is gratifying. “The reason I’m allowed to continue playing him is because he obviously means a lot to so many people and for so many different reasons. I see it as a huge honor. Over time, I have been exposed to the various things that he represents. Some enjoy his playfulness and his inherent sense of spontaneity and mischief. Some enjoy his quality as an antagonist. Some may perhaps enjoy him I know there are some who are drawn to her vulnerability beneath all those layers of charm and charisma.”

There is also something very relatable about being vulnerable, with Hiddleston concluding: “I am indebted to the writers. I am indebted to everyone who wrote this character in comic books, starting with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Hoar J is going all the way through Michael Straczynski and Daniel Kibblesmith. I attribute this to Don Payne, who wrote the first Thor movie; he did an extraordinary job of making Loki a character with such pathos. “

Loki streams on Disney+ Hotstar Premium with weekly episodes

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