'Loki' director Kate Herron reveals how Tom Hiddleston helped shape that finale kiss

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Who is he who remains in Marvel Comics?

Alone in the Citadel at the End of Time in the Temple of Sleepers, He Who Remains is the last director of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). He creates and guards the Time-Keepers, a trio of beings who are fated to survive the end of eternity known as The Cataclysm. marvel.comHe Who Remains Powers, Enemies, History

In the Disney+ drama's revelatory ending, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) came to blows once again. This time around, it was because Sylvie was determined to kill He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), but Loki was desperately urging her to reconsider because doing so could cause the Sacred Timeline to branch and herald the return of the enigmatic figure's less benevolent variants ("a bazillion boogeymen") and, more importantly, wouldn't heal the pain in her heart.

"The cost of getting this wrong is too great," Loki pleaded with the enchantress. "I've been where you are. I've felt what you feel. Don't ask me how I know. All I know is I don't want to hurt you. I don't want a throne. I just want you to be okay."

According to director Kate Herron, crafting this surprisingly heartfelt speech was one of the trickiest moments to nail in the finale.

"Me, the [finale] writer Eric [Martin], Tom, and Sophia, we were working on that speech that Loki says to her right up until the day before shooting, because we just wanted to get it right," Herron told EW last Friday. "I think those words — and this came from Tom, 'I just want you to be okay' — were so key because there's pain in that, right? Because he's evolved in ways and he's moved beyond his pain and anger, and he doesn't want that for her. You don't want that for someone you care about. But, she's just not quite on that path yet and she does still have that."

"I think for me the kiss was really beautiful because I don't think it was a deception, and I don't think it was a trick necessarily," said Herron. "I think for her, it was almost a goodbye. I think she does care about him, but it's just her feelings toward having to complete the mission overtook because she's not emotionally in the same place he was. I always think of Sylvie in this episode almost like how Loki was in Thor. She has all this anger and pain, and she isn't necessarily going to make the best decision with it."

Where do Loki and Sylvie go from here? Well, viewers will find that out whenever Loki returns for its second season — because it is the first Marvel-Disney+ series to get renewed. (WandaVision was designed as a limited series, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's future is a bit murkier since a fourth Captain America movie is in development.) According to Herron, a season 2 was always in the cards for Loki.

"When I started, we'd always thought about it as its own story, basically, that it was these six episodes," said she said. "Marvel wanted to approach it like a giant movie, so we were always thinking about it like a giant film, but obviously with the second hand of it being episodic and wanting to keep the conversation going across the six weeks. But season 2 came out as we were working on it, and it was just coming out of the fact that Marvel was very excited about the story and Loki, and we'd done a lot of groundwork here but there's always so much more road to travel with him."

Unfortunately, Herron will not be involved in the show's season 2. "I'm only on for season 1, and it's honestly just because I'm so proud of the story we told," she said. "I'd always planned just to come on for [one season], because when we started, this was what we were doing with the story and I'm so grateful to Marvel. It has changed my life and I love the character, but I definitely will be enjoying the second season as a fan, and I look forward to seeing what another director does with it."

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How Loki's Finale Sets Up Young Avengers

ComicBook.com 19 July, 2021 - 05:02pm

Marvel Studios' Loki aired its season one finale on Wednesday, and the ramifications of it are still being felt across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new episode brought Loki Laufeyson's (Tom Hiddleston) story into uncharted territory, and also introduced a new character who is expected to play a big role in the larger franchise going forward. The Loki finale arguably kickstarted a narrative that could play out in other projects — and it just might have further set up a long-rumored Young Avengers project along the way. Obviously, major spoilers for the Season 1 finale of Loki, "For All Time. Always." below! Only look if you want to know!

The episode saw Loki and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) come face-to-face with He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), a version of Kang the Conqueror. As He Who Remains told the duo, he was the winner of a massive multiversal war with other variants of himself, and his creation of the Time Variance Authority and the protection of the "Sacred Timeline" is the only thing preventing those other variants from attacking. Sylvie still wanted to kill He Who Remains, which caused a conflict between herself and Loki, until she used a Tempad to send him back to the TVA. Sylvie then killed He Who Remains, and the multiverse spun out as a result.

While we've only barely seen what the other variants of He Who Remains could be like, those who are familiar with Kang's illustrious comic lore have already begun to speculate. While Kang's variants range pretty wildly in terms of time periods and goals, one version of the character who is particularly a fan favorite is Iron Lad. Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung in 2005's Young Avengers #1, Iron Lad was a younger version of Nathaniel Richards who crossed paths with the adult version of himself and realized that he didn't want to be a villain. After traveling to present day Earth-616 and finding that the Avengers had disbanded, Nathaniel decided to form the Young Avengers, recruiting heroes such as Wiccan, Patriot, and Asgardian.

Now that Kang definitively exists in the MCU, and it's clear that multiple incarnations of the character can pop up at one time, some have begun to wonder if Iron Lad couldn't be that far away. After all, there has been speculation for several years that the Young Avengers could take shape either in the movies or on Disney+. Phase 4 of the MCU has definitely helped that speculation, with Billy Maximoff/Wiccan (Julian Hilliard), Tommy Maximoff/Speed (Jett Klyne), Eli Bradley/Patriot (Elijah Richardson), and Kid Loki (Jack Veal) already introduced, and characters such as Kate Bishop/Hawkeye (Hailee Steinfeld), Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), Riri Williams/Ironheart (Dominique Thorne), America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), and Cassie Lang (Kathryn Newton) all on the way. Now that Iron Lad possibly exists in the MCU — and could potentially helping form the team from the beginning — we'll have to wait and see exactly how that team takes shape.

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'Loki' Director Kate Herron Had a Hand in Casting New MCU Big Bad Jonathan Majors

/FILM 19 July, 2021 - 05:02pm

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2021 by Ethan Anderton

Even though Loki isn’t a big screen affair, the Marvel Studios project is going to have a huge impact on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the biggest influences on the future of the MCU will be the looming threat of villainous variants of Kang the Conqueror, teased by He Who Remains in the first season finale of Loki. Actor Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) plays the eccentric villain who cautions Loki and Sylvie about the danger his variants will pose if the multiverse is unleashed, and it turns out Loki director Kate Herron had a hand in casting the new Thanos-level villain alongside Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania director Peyton Reed.

Long before He Who Remains debuted in Loki, we knew that Kang the Conqueror would be the primary villain in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel. What we didn’t know was that he would be a variant of the architect behind the Time Variance Authority in Loki. Since the Marvel series had to shoot long before Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania production began, director Kate Herron had a hand in casting Jonathan Majors in the pivotal role that will shake up the MCU. Herron revealed to Entertainment Weekly:

“I was so excited that I got to be part of the conversation about the casting of his character with the studio and Peyton [Reed]. It was a massive honor and very exciting, and he’s just an actor that we all loved.”

When it came to figuring out the right actor for the job, Herron talked about her thought process:

“[The character’s appeal is] in the writing, in the sense that we want to know who is behind the Citadel and who could be there. I think the exciting thing was he tells this story about his past and who he is. For me beyond that, then, it’s, which actor are we going to bring in? Because it’s got to be an actor with presence that immediately grabs you, because not every actor can do that, and Jonathan is one of the best actors out there. The fact that we got him to do this, I was just so happy because I was like, ‘We’re gonna be in really safe hands now.’ He just commands attention. That for me was the real key thing for me, just getting the casting right.”

What’s most impressive is that Majors commanded attention without being the traditionally menacing or intimidating villain. He leaned into a more eccentric performance that felt more akin to something like Willy Wonka as a comic book villain. It’ll be interesting to see if/how that translates to other versions of the character that we’ll see in future Marvel projects.

Even though Jonathan Majors will be quite the force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his portrayal of He Who Remains didn’t go down the traditional villain path. Majors noted an interesting detail about the villain that makes this performance stand out from his other roles: “There’s more smiling in that one performance than there has been in my other performances combined. It’s just what it calls for.”

Thankfully, even though he’s taken on plenty of serious roles throughout his career so far, he had the perfect training to tap into this kind of performance. Majors explained, “I’m a classically trained clown. That’s part of my training. I’ve been at it for a long time, and to be able to exercise that was a lot of fun.”

If you want to see how dedicated Majors was to the performance, keep an eye on him in the background during the confrontation between Loki and Sylvie. Even when he’s out of focus, he’s reacting to them as if he’s watching his favorite soap opera. We can’t wait to see what else he does with the various versions of Kang the Conqueror throughout the rest of the upcoming Marvel Studios projects.

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