This article contains a frank discussion of the Loki premiere of the series “Glorious Purpose”. If you are not up to date, now is the time to go.
When Elizabeth olsenWanda Maximoff and Anthony MackieSam Wilson set sail for his Disney + shows, they had a family company in the form of Paul bettanythe vision and Sebastian StanBucky Barnes. But how Tom HiddlestonLoki jumps out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline and into his adventures with the Time Variation Authority, he does so without another previously established Marvel partner for the journey.
As we see in the series premiere, Loki’s defining relationship on this show will likely be with the character Mobius, played by Owen Wilson. Lead Writer Michael waldron he has described his as a loving relationship, though not a romantic one. Hiddleston spoke to Vanity fair‘s still looking podcast about the love story between Mobius and Loki, as well as the obligation he feels around his character’s canonically queer and gender-fluid identity. You can listen to the full interview here or read some key excerpts below.
When director Taika waititi was tasked with reinventing the character of Thor for his movie Thor: Ragnarok, He did so by shedding all the things that had previously defined the god of thunder. He cut Thor’s hair, broke his hammer, killed Thor’s friends, and destroyed his Asgard home. in a Interview 2017However, Waititi revealed that she was told not to mess with Loki. The character was too popular; Marvel wanted to keep it as it was.
But here in his own Disney + series, Loki is getting the treatment that his brother Thor received. Ragnarok. “Thor is nowhere to be seen and Asgard is very far away,” says Hiddleston. “There are no Avengers around. He’s even stripped of his status and power. What remains if you take away from Loki all the things that are familiar to him? What’s left? That’s for him to discover as much as the audience. “
Mobius, helping Loki on this journey of self-discovery, gives Hiddleston’s character a healthy dose of psychiatric analysis in the series premiere. Mobius, Hiddleston says, is in a unique position to help Loki through his first story without his brother Thor by his side. “What was so new and fresh to me was that Mobius is a character who is emotionally detached from Loki’s emotional turmoil and all the tricks that Loki tries to play,” says Hiddleston. “[The things that] work with everyone else, provocation or manipulation, just don’t land with Mobius. “
While Mobius is occasionally harsh on Loki, there are some seeds of compassion there as well. Hiddleston sees Mobius “delighted”, with an “academic curiosity”, to have Loki in front of him. “They’re both very smart and they try to make fun of each other, and they realize early on that they need them for different reasons,” he says. “That’s a feeling that’s unusual, and since you need each other, you may have to try to trust each other, which is going to be very difficult.” Loki Lead writer Michael Waldron has compared their relationship to the one they share Tom Hanks other Leonardo Dicaprio in 2002 Catch Me If You Can.
There is a temptation to slide Mobius into a quasi-paternal role. He is able to give Loki the approval that Loki was longing to receive from his father, Odin. There is a moment at the premiere where Loki insists that he is very smart, and Mobius graciously agrees, “I know you are.” Hiddleston says that this moment is “destabilizing” for Loki, who “finds himself in the presence of someone who is confronting him with who he is, who he could be, apparently without judgment.”