Marvel President Kevin Feige didn’t know if they were going to expand Loki’s story after the character’s tragic death at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War. It was only until they brought the character back for Endgame that they realized there was a story behind bringing Loki back from the dead.
“One of my favorite things coming out of Endgame was people saying that we forgot to tie up the loose end of Loki,” says Feige during the Loki global press conference this morning. “Loki just disappears and we ‘forgot’ to mention what happens to him at the end of the movie. And, at that point, we did know that there was Disney+ show coming in and became very excited to make people wait until we figured out what this show would be and now, finally, two days from it being unveiled to the world.”
With Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stealing the tesseract from the Avengers in Endgame, Feige was able to bring the Time Variance Authority (TVA) from the comics to life. Before they heard director Kate Herron’s pitch, Feige knew he wanted time travel elements involved in the series, especially being fans of the TVA from the comics.
“Our producer Stephen Broussard and our other producer Kevin Wright [and I] loved the idea of putting [the TVA] as a major part of this show,” said Feige. “It’s really Kate’s meetings with us and her pitch that brought in all those references and allowed us to look at this as a slightly even different genre than we were anticipating.”
Hiddleston himself was surprised and delighted with the fact that Loki was returning as well and on his own television series. He thought with what had happened to Loki in Infinity War, that would be the character’s final curtain call, because it felt so conclusive. It was only when he was told of his scene in Endgame did Hiddleston realize there is something there to bring Loki back.
“Kevin, [producer] Louis D’Esposito, and [producer] Victoria Alonso reassured me that that would be the starting point of the series and there are so many places we could go — so many possibilities to think about,” Hiddleston shares. “I was in due course — everybody you can see — jumped on and had so many brilliant ideas and created this new show, which is really exciting and I’m happy to be doing it.”
The series follows post-Avengers (2012) Loki as he breaks the timeline by stealing the tesseract during the events of Endgame. He is captured by the TVA and labeled as a ‘variant’ — someone who has broken from the planned timeline. Instead of resetting Loki back to his timeline, he teams up with TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) to solve a case that only the God of Mischief can solve.
Loki premieres on Wednesdays, exclusively on Disney+
Check out the newest clip that was just released below: