The solo adventures began in on Wednesday, with the first episode dropping the bad at .
It turns out that the past version of Loki’s surprise escape duringit could have dire consequences for the Sacred Timeline, which is regulated by the TVA under the guidance of the all-powerful Time Keepers.
All six episodes of the series are directed by Kate herron, who previously directed episodes of Netflix comedies Sex education other Sunrise. Loki is her first foray into Marvel, and I spoke to her about Zoom about the joys of time travel, how her past experience inspired TVA’s striking workplace aesthetic and the women who define Phase 4 of the MCU.
Here’s an edited transcript of our Zoom conversation – we stayed away from spoilers, so proceed fearlessly even if you haven’t seen the episode.
Q: Was your mind reeling with the possibilities of storytelling when you first saw Loki 2012 disappear through the portal in Avengers: Endgame?
Herron: I was so happy but I was like, “Where did it go?” As soon as I found out that they were doing a TV show about Loki, as a fan I had to walk into the room and see what was going on with him. But also, I wanted to be a part of that story because it seemed like a unique opportunity to tell stories. It was very interesting for a character who didn’t have the bow that he was supposed to have and it made him go a different path.
The concept of time travel opens up infinite possibilities, how did you work with them?
Our show redefines our understanding of time travel in the MCU – the TVA is in charge of everyone’s destiny and they control the proper flow of time. So with that, there will be additional rules on how time travel works within the MCU, and it definitely opens up a whole new playing field for the MCU going forward, which is exciting. And we take Loki to really unexpected places.
There is a great emphasis on red tape and TVA paperwork. Is that a point about the banal realities of power?
Maybe on some level. But I have worked in many offices, I did a lot of temp work before I got my first film job, and I wanted to capture the spirit of the posters that tell you to keep your desk clean, but I was wondering what that poster would look like. inside the TVA.
And I used to have to work on computers that were so old and wondered why they hadn’t been updated. I liked the idea of TVA because they are neither in the future nor in the past; They use older technology, but it has these futuristic twists.
Brazil [the 1985 Terry Gilliam movie] it was a very clear reference, and we are taking from many different sci-fi movies that I love. I wanted the show to be a love letter to them. He’s marrying, like, brutalist architecture with that posh Midwestern flair.
The women seem to be very involved in setting up Phase 4 of the MCU. how does it make you feel?
I feel like I’m in good company: , , [who are directing The Marvels, and , respectively]. These are incredible filmmakers; being part of that group is amazing. I hope it’s a sign that the tides are turning in Hollywood, that they will see more women come out and make these amazing genre movies.
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