Tom Hiddleston’s Loki Lectures and 9 Other Things We Learned at the New Marvel Series Press Conference

The six-part Log begins at Disney Plus on June 9th. The cereal package was able to participate in a press conference organized by the new series.

Lokin a virtual press conference on Monday night was attended by Marvel boss and producer Kevin Feige, series director Kate Herron and editor Michael Waldron as well as the actors themselves Loki aka Tom Hiddleston and a new face Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Wunmi Mosaku.

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In an event lasting about half an hour, we will learn, among other things, these ten things:

1. The decision on Loki’s own series was made after the completion of Avengers: Infinity War

Kevin Feige: We hadn’t made a decision yet when filming Avengers: Infinity War, but by the time of Endgame it was already clear to us. One of my favorite topics from that time is when people started talking that we had forgotten to tie the threads of Loki’s story together, that he just disappears like smoke into the air and we completely forgot to tell him what happened to him. And at that point, we already knew we were making a series for Disney Plus. It’s really cool to finally see it for the world.

2. At the heart of the series is the question: what really makes a Log a Log?

Tom Hiddleston: I was so excited to hear about the idea because Infinity War felt so final, at the end of Loki’s story. I love that in the series, everything familiar to him has been taken away from Loki. Thor is not nearby, Asgard seems to be far away, the Avengers don’t seem to be in sight, he has been deprived of his status and power. If all that he has identified during the six films is taken away from the Log, what is left, who is he inside? Those questions fascinated us, which makes the Log the Log. And if there is something authentic in him, can he grow as a human, can he change?

Loki / Tom Hiddleston

3. Mobius M. Mobius and Ravonna Renslayer are familiar characters from Marvel comics, but Hunter B-15 is a new character created for the series

Owen Wilson (Mobius): It’s exciting to be a part of it. At first I didn’t understand all that secrecy, but then I became acquainted with passionate fans and Marvel’s commitment to surprising people.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ravonna Renslayer): Congratulations Kate [ohjaaja Herron] explained to me that this is Ravonna Renslayer’s introductory story. We now have the opportunity to start something new with TVA, something that fans haven’t seen before. I feel like he has a lot of potential in the future as well.

Wunmi Mosaku (Hunter B-15): No pressure! No one has any idea what he should be like. In a way, I like being able to start from scratch and do whatever I want. It’s awesome, fun and feels free.

Loki / Gugu Mbatha-Raw

4. David Fincher served as the inspiration for the series

Kate Herron: Stylistically, me and my photographer Autumn Durald are inspired by film noir movies and it shows in the lighting, for example, and how we approached the story. [David Fincherin] Seven was a great source of inspiration and the second episode sees a reference to it that the friends of the film immediately recognize.

Michael Waldron: Definitely Fincher. The Zodiac and also the Sacrificial Sheep were special films that we watched closely in the screenwriters ’room.

5. Surprises have been dug into the story of history

Michael Waldron: When people hear that in the series, Loki gets involved in historical events, I think they imagine Loki riding with Paul Revere. We wanted to turn expectations and go to places that people might know but don’t know so well.

Kevin Feige: We initially had many ideas, such as having Loki as the owner of a nightclub in the 70s. We probably also had a concept picture of Loki as a horse. But thanks to Michael and Kate, the series became much more interesting than that. And historical moments are ultimately secondary to the actual story.

6. Wunmi Mosaku didn’t know he had auditioned for Loki until he got the role

Wunmi Mosaku: I was really excited to hear I got the role. Namely, I didn’t even know I had auditioned for it. I had been given some top secret thing and I had sent it on the air because if it’s top secret, it’s definitely something really important. Then I got a phone call in the middle of the night and I was offered a role in the Log.

Loki / Wunmi Mosaku

7. Hiddleston, Mbatha-Raw and Musaku are old fellow students

Wunmi Mosaku: While joining the MCU seemed like a hugely exciting idea, it was made easier by the fact that I already knew Tom and Gug. We went to the same acting school [RADA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] and I’ve known Tom since I was 18 years old.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: It was a really weird arc of life. A bit like a RADA class meeting. When you enter such a larger world of life, it is comforting to have shared experiences behind us: we remember the same teachers, we walked the same corridors, we ate in the same canteen. This long-lasting friendship was especially comforting when we filmed during the pandemic.

8. The humor of Thor and Loki is due to the actors in the characters

Kevin Feige: Thor and Loki certainly had some humor in the comics as well, but it was all ultimately due to Lords Hemsworth and Hiddleston, their incredible talent and breadth of expertise. Being so RADA and Shakespeare educated now and yet so hilarious. Humor was not a conscious decision. They just had so much fun with each other that we took the backstage atmosphere and put it in front of the camera, more and more lately.

9. Hiddleston gave a series of Loki lectures to the production team

Owen Wilson: Before we started filming the series, Tom graciously and patiently guided me through the entire MCU mythology and the character of Loki. We called these Loki lectures. It made it a lot easier because some of that conversational dynamics is also seen in the series Mobius and Loki’s conversations.

Tom Hiddleston: Kate and I came up with the idea for the Loki lectures, because in every part of the production, from description to costume and staging, one has to understand the character’s history and be in some way in touch with it.

It was pretty interesting to try to summarize everything I’ve experienced over the course of six MCU movies. Because Mobiushan is a Loki expert. He knows more about Loki than Loki himself.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: I missed the Loki lectures, but it was really good when Tom was on hand for filming, as he’s a real encyclopedia.


10. Hiddleston still loves presenting the Log

Tom Hiddleston: I love presenting the Log, I’ve always loved, and I feel very lucky to still be here and there are still new aspects to the character that I can learn. The character is so hugely broad, so this never feels like the exact same experience.

There’s probably no doubt that it’s because of the character’s fans that I’ve been allowed to continue for so long. Clearly, Loki means a lot to many people and for many different reasons and for me it is a great honor. I owe all of this, of course, to all the screenwriters who have ever written a character, From Stan Lee and Jack Kirbystä since.

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