Marvel’s mischievous villain Loki mingles in a time-shifting adventure in a new series debuting Disney + . streaming service.
“Loki,” which debuted on Wednesday, stars Tom Hiddleston as the mischief god, a role the British actor has played since appearing in the 2010 movie “Thor.”
A collection after the events depicted in the 2019 movieAvengers: EndgameThe series follows Loki right after the Battle of New York when he escapes from Avengers custody and steals a timestone known as the Tesseract.
A group known as the Time Contrast Authority (TVA), which keeps events from different worlds in proper sequence, puts Loki under arrest for abusing time travel and stripping him of his shape-shifting magical powers.
“You take Loki, who always seems to be in control, and you put him in an environment where he has absolutely no control, no power, no power,” Hiddleston said. “He was stripped of all familiarity.”
In a clip posted on Sunday, a screenshot of Loki’s TVA profile recorded his gender as “fluid,” a move the actor welcomed.
At a show in London on Tuesday, Hiddleston noted that Loki has been portrayed as fluidly gendered in the Marvel comic books as well as in Norse mythology, where the character originated.
“He was always there,” Hiddleston said in an interview during the screening of the movie. “Loki as a character has a broad, wide-ranging identity. He’s always been a character that you can never put in a box, you can never define.”
“I was really pleased that we were able to touch on that in the series,” the British actor added.
Owen Wilson co-stars as TVA agent Mobius M. Moebius, who enlists the help of Loki in finding a killer who is disrupting the schedule. Wilson said he didn’t watch many Marvel movies and relied on Hiddleston’s “Loki Lectures” to help him understand the character.
“A few days before filming started, he was really patient and was walking me through…the entire legends,” Wilson said. “A lot of the way we kind of play with each other kind of started from just talking about things in those early days.”
The series introduces a slew of new characters to the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, including Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, and Richard E. Grant as the undisclosed.
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