'Loki' theory reveals the shocking link between 2 new MCU villains

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Is Loki Season 2 confirmed?

Update: Marvel confirmed Loki Season 2 with a post-credits stinger at the end of the Season 1 finale. ... You read that right: Loki Season 2, which will star Tom Hiddleston reprising his role from the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, is currently in some stage of pre-production with a target shooting date of January 2022. inverse.com'Loki' Season 2 release date on Disney+ confirmed in major leak

Does Kang have something to do with Valentina’s recruiting efforts?

In its upcoming film and Disney+ titles, the studio is also set to introduce a handful of characters who could come together to form a Young Avengers-style team in the MCU. Meanwhile, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Black Widow both featured cameo appearances from Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, a new character already busy assembling her own MCU team.

As of now, these storylines all appear to be growing separately from each other, but what if they’re more connected than fans think?

But before Val gives Yelena her assignment, she makes an interesting comment. Yelena tells her that she wants a raise, and, laughing, Val responds, “Oh yeah, you and me both.” While it’s possible that Val was just joking around, the line raises the possibility that Val may be assembling her Dark Avengers-esque team for someone else, a mysterious boss we have yet to meet.

For synergy’s sake, is it possible that Val’s boss is actually a variant of Kang the Conqueror (Nathaniel Richards) like, say, Mister Gryphon?

In the comics, Mister Gryphon is created as a result of a glitch in the timestream, which splits Kang the Conqueror apart into different versions of himself. One of those versions wound up stranded in the 21st century and began working to build a new empire for himself in that time.

Going by the name Mister Gryphon, the Kang variant assumed the identity of a businessman and made himself the CEO of a company called Qeng Enterprises. He bought the Avengers Tower from Stark Industries, hired several Marvel villains to help accelerate his plans, and briefly teamed up with a powerful Chitauri warrior known as Warbringer.

Eventually, his real identity and origins were discovered by the Avengers. They engaged in a battle with Gryphon, who reprogrammed Vision and managed to momentarily separate The Mighty Thor from her hammer. He was ultimately defeated by the heroes, though, with Thor using versions of her hammer from the past and the future to banish him into the timestream.

There’s the chance that Gryphon could show up later this year in Spider-Man: No Way Home, given the emphasis Spider-Man: Homecoming placed on Tony selling Avengers Tower. While that possibility still feels very likely, it’s worth considering that Gryphon could be the mastermind (or co-mastermind) behind Val’s growing team of MCU anti-heroes. After all, hiring Val and building a team of anti-Avengers would be in keeping with Gryphon’s whole businessman persona.

Not only would this be a shocking direction for Marvel to take, but it’d also perfectly tie together the studio’s ongoing Val and Kang storylines. Talk about a win-win.

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MCU: 10 Major Characters Who Don't Have A Love Interest

Screen Rant 20 July, 2021 - 04:01pm

A love interest can therefore aid the story in plenty of ways, but that doesn't mean that every character in the MCU actually has one to work alongside or bounce off of. Whether they've been too busy fighting crime or have had a troubled past that they haven't quite healed from, these characters are yet to find romance on screen.

Recently fans have been particularly enthralled by the bromance between Sam and Bucky which has continued to develop. As Sam hones his craft as the new star-spangled man, he may begin learning from Steve Rogers' life and look to live a peaceful existence of his own when the time comes.

The character, extremely powerful in all her versions, is really the last line of defense for plenty of planets across the universe. She's always needed somewhere and that leaves almost no time for romantic attachments. Carol Danvers always puts her duty first which is one of her most admirable traits.

Fans of the comics will know that one of War Machine's major love interests is actually Carol Danvers. The two both have a military background and share plenty of the same values. While they haven't interacted much on-screen yet, maybe there is a romance in both of their futures.

Audiences don't know much about Wong's past in the organization. Perhaps more will become clear as the MCU develops, but it may be that Wong has been learning magic for most of his life. His duty will likely get in the way of ever being able to find love. For now, fans will have to settle for his memorable bromance with Doctor Strange.

Bucky has tried to find a way back to the world of romance but has been seen on only one date. He may have some interest in Sam's sister although Wilson has made it very clear that he doesn't approve of the coupling. It's almost inevitable that Bucky will get to find the person of his dreams though.

The character has had an increased spotlight in recent times and is likely going to continue being one of the major Dora Milaje featured. However, her story doesn't seem to accommodate romance for now and Okoye has demonstrated that personal loyalty can severely impact a Dora Milaje's role as a fighter if their love is on the other side of their blade.

In the comic books, Rocket Raccoon does actually have a romance with a cybernetic Otter named Lylla. It's possible that the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings in the character to help Rocket heal himself, but for now, he finds his loneliness is comforted by his found family.

However, the Queen of New Asgard may be looking for a Queen to share the throne with very soon. The character could well find her own romance in the appropriately titled Love And Thunderbut being Queen will likely be a very busy job! Perhaps there's just no time for love.

She's only just reunited with her family, but perhaps there will be room for some love interests in her future appearances. Natasha Romanoff briefly bonded with Bruce Banner in her own right, but there's no telling whether Yelena will have a happier ending in the world of romance.

This abusive father certainly didn't deserve any love from his daughters though and indeed never found a love interest to perhaps share his family with. It would have been intriguing to see Thanos obsesses over Death herself, but ultimately his motivations were compelling enough.

Kate Herron Won’t Return For 'Loki' Season 2. But She’s Left Her Mark on the MCU.

Yahoo Lifestyle 20 July, 2021 - 04:01pm

If she could turn back time, there isn't much Loki director Kate Herron would do differently. She transformed a beloved side character into a protagonist. She blessed Marvel fans with their first canonically bisexual character. And she introduced the multiverse, drafting up perhaps one of the biggest cliffhanger reveals since the end of Avengers: Infinity War. In other words, Herron's Loki was a humongous deal, even by Marvel's increasingly oversized standards.

Still, it's not easy for the director, who's also known for her work on Sex Education, to hand off the reins. Herron has revealed to press that she has no plans to return for Loki season 2, preferring to leave the chaos of the multiverse to the whims of another. Marvel just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and she has other characters to conquer. But the MCU will continue to feel her impact for years to come, should the studio's Phase 4 become a Phase 5, 6, 7 and 8.

After Loki season 1's momentous finale—in which Jonathan Majors appears for the first time as a variant of Kang the Conqueror, named He Who Remains—ELLE.com grabbed some time with Herron to learn what went into such a carefully crafted reveal. And the director took a few moments to say goodbye.

I knew from day one. I think we were always ironing out story in the sense of, we wanted to get there in the best way. But it was always the intention that they would meet He Who Remains at the end and the multiverse would be born. So I knew that massive secret going into it, yes, and I'm very honored that I got to be part of launching that part of the next phase.

I would say [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige, his whole company is very collaborative. He has his plan and his design for where he wants the films and the TV shows to go with these characters, but it's really a collaborative studio. And it's generally I think always a case of ”best idea wins.” None of the creative team ever felt we were being restrained. On our show, we had a producer called Kevin Wright who was an executive at Marvel, and he essentially was steering the Marvel side of things and making sure that, yeah, we weren't venturing places we couldn't, but also he was so key in the story as well.

[Laughs] That was from the writer's room. The alligator was there from day one. I think for me, as a director, the tightrope was always, “Okay, well, we have to give this alligator moments where it could be [seen] as a Loki,” and most of the moments were actually like, ”No, man, that’s an alligator.”

I just thought it was so funny, and I loved it. And I loved as well how [Richard E. Grant] played it—it’s how we talk to pets, like, “Oh, they feel like this,” and the owner would be like, “Well, no, that’s not what they’re saying.” That felt very real.

I've always been a fan. It's how I got the job because I saw Tom [Hiddleston] in Thor, and I was like, “Oh, this is such an interesting interpretation of the character.” I was just so excited with what Kevin Feige was doing with him in the MCU, and I think Tom’s performance brought such empathy and wit and charisma to this amazing character. But at the same time I loved the vulnerability there and the pain. It was so exciting to me watching him go from villain to antihero over the last 10 years. So when I found out they were making a show about Loki, I was very determined to get in the room for it, and they luckily met me and here I am. I would say I chased heavily after it as a Loki fan.

Something with Tom that was always really key is that he knows Loki so well. He's been playing him for the last 10 years. When we were filming the time theater in episode one, for example, me and him would talk about The Avengers—because this is the god from New York, and he’s very different from where we take him in episode six.

I have an “emotion Bible” I wrote when I was working on the show to help me track where characters were at different points in the story. With Tom—for example, that speech he gives to Sylvie at the very end of the show? That was something we were working on right up to the day we filmed it. The line, "I just want you to be okay," that came from Tom. I love that the Loki we have at the end doesn't want the throne, when in episode one he does.

Something that I thought was cool that I wanted to bookend was: The first thing said to Loki in our show is, “Who are you?” And we end on the same line as well at the very end: “Who are you?” And I think that's sort of the big question of the whole show.

On the one hand, yes, as a fan I'm like, “Oh wow, this is a big responsibility.” But I think the fun thing in [He Who Remains] being a variant—which alleviates some pressure, not all pressure, but some pressure—is that he's a variant of his own kind, so he's He Who Remains. He’s not Kang.

Working with Jonathan, he's one of the greatest actors out there. So I think, for me, it was just about giving him the space to play. He improvised a lot of lines around the wonderful script. Even in his clothes by Christine Wada, I loved that you can't necessarily place his outfit in time or a specific culture because he's this character that's lived across so many different lives. But also the clothes have a pajama-like quality to them because he lives at home. So I think, in the hands of an actor like Jonathan, that's just really fun, working out where do we go big and where do we make it small and draw the audience in.

Yes, something that was always important to me across the show was this idea of good and evil and gray area. For example, Mobius and Sylvie had that conversation in the car in episode five, and she's like, "You hunted me like a dog." And he thought it was for the greater good. But he still has done things that are not completely good, and I think that's what's so key to all the characters. Renslayer when she deletes Mobius? I didn't want it to be like a “villainous” time. Because it's not; he's her friend, and [pruning him] is more complicated than that.

She has that amazing moment with [Mobius] in episode six where she's like, “You betrayed me.” And I completely agree with her! He betrayed their friendship, and he sided with Loki, and when she's making these decisions she does think it's for the sake of the Sacred Timeline. So I'm excited to see where she'll be going.

It was important to acknowledge because it's founded in the comics. Loki has been written as bi, he's also been written as pan, and it just felt like this is a show about his identity, so let's acknowledge it and make it canon. You can never predict how people are going to feel, but we assumed that probably there'd be discussion around it just because it is a big moment for him.

So there’s a shot of Loki in episode six that was so important to me. It’s toward the end when [Sylvie has pushed him back through the TemPad portal] and we push in really slowly on him because he's gone on this amazing journey. He found someone he connected with, and he looks heartbroken. But it was important to show that “Lokis always survive,” and so you have that moment where he collects himself and thinks, No. I still have fight. And I’m going to fight.

So, for me, I’m excited to see, where is Loki? Where are they going to take him? We've done so much groundwork in his character, I'm just excited because I feel like there's so much more about his identity to be explored.

And then all these amazing other characters we have: Where did Ravonna go? Who is B-15? Where are Mobius and Sylvie? We leave her in the Citadel, and she looks shell-shocked and full of pain, and she's on a much earlier part of her journey [than Loki] in terms of self-healing, so I think it'll be really fun to see where she ends up going. I'm really proud to have been part of Loki's story. I gave it everything in my heart and my soul. I'm excited to see what fresh eyes will bring.

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Loki's Richard E. Grant On Tom Hiddleston's Advice, His Costume Woes, And Making Outcasts Feel 'Seen'

CinemaBlend 20 July, 2021 - 04:01pm

Loki's reveal of Loki variants played by different actors was one of the most surprising of Season 1, made all the better when iconic actor Richard E. Grant played one of them. Grant captivated audiences with his unique representation of Classic Loki, and while he absolutely crushed the role with his awesome performance, that didn't mean he didn't have some reservations about the part.

Richard E. Grant spoke to CinemaBlend's Nick Venable about all things Loki, including the advice Tom Hiddleston gave him as he prepared to play the iconic Marvel villain. When Grant had reservations about how his character would look physically, Hiddleston was there to give his co-star confidence.

Tom Hiddleston said to me, when he saw me my costume for the first time and I was complaining to him about the fact that I didn't have any muscles. All the drawings, costume design, and the Jack Kirby illustrations in the '60s comics all had muscles. I thought I was stepping into a muscle suit. And he said 'No, don't worry about that. It's Loki's magic.' So he did say to me, he said, 'I think that playing Classic Loki, it'll make an impact that you will be surprised by.' And I thought that he was just blowing smoke, basically, on the first day to make me feel confident. But I have been absolutely floored by the responses that just came out a week ago. Absolutely astonished. So I'm very grateful. I suppose it could have gone the other way. So good news is good news to me.

Richard E. Grant is happy with the response his Loki has gotten, so he's grateful for Tom Hiddleston's reassurance. Classic Loki didn't need to be super buff because he looked super strong with his powers of conjuring, and that's all the audience cared about in the end.

With all that being said, Richard E. Grant would've certainly loved to still have muscles in the suit. Grant lamented that despite the praise, he still felt uncomfortable in the suit:

If I'd had the muscles... I would have been really comfortable. I long for them. I felt the absence of my muscles all the time. I felt like I had about as much muscular presence as Kermit the Frog, who he's been compared to.

Few people probably want to be compared to a Muppet, so I can understand Richard E. Grant's perspective there. Still, I don't think his Classic Loki look is quite that bad, even if he doesn't look quite as physically imposing in his suit compared to Tom Hiddleston's.

Tom Hiddleston was correct that Loki is not about physicality, of course, and Richard E. Grant knew that. The actor talked about how the character represents outcasts across all forms and represents them in a unique way.

Well, I knew from the script, it's when he described himself rather than as the God of Mischief, which is so emblematic of Tom Hiddleston, he says that he is the God of Outcasts. I thought that is the key to this character's loneliness and that feeling of anybody who's disenfranchised, either ethnically, sexually, or in whatever way, that desire and need to be included, and to be seen, is so strong in us that I thought that was the key to his character. So his making the ultimate sacrifice at the end to Asgard all fitted with that thinking. It seemed to have a sort of complete arc in itself, even though it was only one episode. So I thought that was very smartly written. Besides it being fun to play... I think that's what's great about Classic Loki. He's saying that there's somebody who is out there for all of you who feel disenfranchised or not seen, and I think that's a great thing to play.

It's not explicitly clear whether or not Richard E. Grant's Classic Loki will return for Season 2, though there is reason to be optimistic. After all, it's in a Loki's nature to survive, and his Loki was able to escape a sure death from Thanos. There are certainly several people who would love to see him return, so let's just hope the decision-makers at Marvel notice and make it so.

Loki Season 1 is currently available to stream on Disney+. Those that have finished the series still have plenty of reading to do as we wait for Season 2, so be sure to read up on what we know about Kang The Conqueror, and his alter egos that will likely wreak havoc across the timeline.

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.

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