Loki Writer Debunks Episode 6 “Spoiler” About Unrevealed Variant

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Will Kang the Conqueror be in Loki?

Kang the Conqueror is also Kang the Inevitable. Jonathan Majors will portray the classic villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but everything in the Disney+ series Loki seems to be hinting at an earlier Kang appearance than we were expecting. ... However, that doesn't mean a Kang won't appear. Inverse‘Loki’ finale theory: Comics reveal a shocking Kang twist

Is classic Loki dead?

Among the episode's many, many Loki variants is one known simply as Classic Loki, played by Richard E. Grant. Older than any of the other Loki variants, Loki Episode 5 reveals that Grant's Classic Loki actually managed to survive his predetermined death at the hands of Thanos. Inverse'Loki' Episode 5 theory retcons 1 major Infinity War moment

There are some problems with the costumes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sylvie acknowledges them in Disney's Loki. In Loki episode 5, Sophia Di Martino's Lady Loki, who goes by Sylvie, learns that the Time Variance Authority's pruning victims are sent to a void at the end of time. Sylvie believes the person controlling the TVA is beyond the Void, so she prunes herself and reunites with Tom Hiddleston's Loki. Though the pair come up with a plan to get to the villain behind the TVA, they also discuss other more materialistic annoyances.

One problem with Marvel is finally brought up in Loki episode 5. After Loki and Sylvie reunite, they are sitting and talking when Loki says that he's cold. Hiddleston's God of Mischief conjures himself a blanket, and he offers to conjure one for Sylvie too. Sylvie initially declines, saying she could use something else instead. "You could conjure me a new outfit. You have no idea how uncomfortable something like this is," she saysAnd with that, Sylvie points out a Marvel problem that largely goes unnoticed.

As uncomfortable as the costumes are, it appears Marvel is at least making an effort to make them better. Di Martino revealed her Sylvie costume contains special concealed zippers. These hidden zippers allow her to nurse her child without having to go through a complete costume change. Also, Marvel costumes often aren't as heavily sexualized as they are in the Marvel comics. There are obviously exceptions, such as Scarlet Witch's neckline. However, the movies often move away from the most egregiously sexualized outfits. Wearing revealing outfits while fighting crime just doesn't make sense, and it's good that Marvel acknowledges that. Adding zippers to Di Martino's costume is a great start, so it appears the studio is at least trying to save its heroes from bad costumes.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

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Disney+ LOKI Episode 5 | Easter Eggs Galore! #Shorts

Geek Culture 12 July, 2021 - 01:17am

Did Loki Just Make A Mobius Fan Theory Canon? | Screen Rant

Screen Rant 12 July, 2021 - 01:17am

Loki episode 5 seems to hint at Lokius even more. In the episode, Lady Loki learns that the TVA's pruning victims are sent to a void at the end of time. Lady Loki then prunes herself, which sends her right to the Void. Mobius finds Lady Loki in the Void, and the pair eventually reunite with Hiddleston's character. While sitting with Loki, Lady Loki admits that Mobius isn't so bad, telling Hiddleston's God of Mischief, "He cares about you." The line makes Loki pause, and he awkwardly changes the subject. "It's cold," Loki responds. Later in the episode, Mobius offers Loki a handshake before he departs. Instead, Loki goes for a hug. "Thank you, my friend," Loki tells him.

While shippers can be excited about the potential of Lokius, it doesn't appear that the relationship will go beyond friendship in Loki. The series seems to be setting up a romantic link between Loki and Lady Loki. With this relationship already taking the attention of the Marvel series, it seems poor Mobius is in the friend zone. The series' director, Kate Herron, seemed to debunk any theories that Loki and Mobius would get together, saying in interviews that she hopes the MCU will explore Loki's bisexuality more in the future. Still, the possibility is there, and sometimes the best relationships start out as friendships.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

Loki: Kid Loki's Sword Laevateinn, Explained | CBR

CBR - Comic Book Resources 12 July, 2021 - 01:17am

A gathering of Lokis greater than ever before occurred in the latest episode of Loki, as the title character teamed up with his variants to survive the apocalyptic environment of the Void. Each Loki brought to bear their own unique set of skills and leading up to the climax of the episode, that meant that Kid Loki handed off a valuable artifact: a sword.

The moment does not receive much explanation, and while the magic sword looks cool, this may have left audiences scratching their heads about what exactly makes it so special. But that's not just any sword: that's Laevateinn, and it's possibly Loki's most powerful weapon.

While the hum drum nature of the Time Variance Authority and the Marvel Cinematic Universe putting its own spin on such stories may make the gods of Asgard seem like any other civilization, it's easy to forget that they are actually based on real world Norse mythology. In those legends, Loki did indeed wield a weapon known as Lævateinn, and although it periodically appears as a sword, it has also been referred to as a dart or a wand. It's quite like Loki's nature for the weapon itself to have a mercurial quality, and the comics have their own version of Laevateinn that hints at the powers the MCU's version may have.

Appearing as early as Journey Into Mystery #115, the comic offers insight into what the blade can do when Loki wields it in battle against Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir. The blade proves capable of cutting through almost anything save Mjolnir itself, and Loki can also phase it onto a different dimension so that Thor cannot shatter its metal. He even uses the blade as a spellcasting focus, casting his magic through it in a callback to its possible interpretation as a wand. This use is especially fitting for a spellcaster such as Loki.

Thus far in Loki, all the blade is shown to do is light aflame and fail to distract Alioth as Loki waves it around. Like a Chekhov's Gun that demands importance to the story, however, there is little reason to introduce the blade with such import. Unlike many of the episode's cameos and Easter eggs, this is one small moment that will doubtless come back to have critical importance.

Why Loki Has So Many Wizard Of Oz References | Screen Rant

Screen Rant 12 July, 2021 - 01:17am

Loki has numerous throwaway Easter eggs, but there may be a deeper reason for all the references to The Wizard of Oz. Loki episode 4 had the biggest twist in the series. In the episode, the Time Variance Authority captures Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino), bringing them before the all-knowing Time-Keepers to be executed. The two Loki variants manage to fight their way free, and Lady Loki decapitates one of the time gods, revealing the Time-Keepers are a lie. They're just mindless androids.

In Loki episode 5, Lady Loki continues her quest to find out who's behind the TVA. Shortly after the Time-Keepers reveal, Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) prunes Loki, and the God of Mischief winds up in a void at the end of time. Lady Loki reasons that the person orchestrating everything at the TVA is hiding beyond the Void, so she prunes herself and reunites with Loki. The two Loki variants enchant a time monster called Alioth, who guards the Void, and the beast reveals a hidden citadel that exists outside of time. This citadel is presumably the home of the TVA's real ruler.

The God of Mischief's MCU series has multiple Wizard of Oz references, and there may be a reason for it. The reveal that the Time-Keepers are fake is a clear callback to the Wizard of Oz, which shows its powerful wizard is secretly just a con artist. On the way to see the Time-Keepers, the two Loki variants go down a path illuminated by yellow lights, perhaps giving a nod to the Yellow Brick Road. The movie is more directly referenced in Loki episode 5. In the episode, the villainous Ravonna Renslayer tells Lady Loki a prototype TVA ship could withstand the temporal void and take them to the end of time. Renslayer explains that the ship could help "find the man behind the curtain." The ship is apparently a lie from Renslayer to buy time for the TVA to surround Lady Loki, but the "man behind the curtain" quote is right from The Wizard of Oz. In the film, there's an actual man behind a curtain pretending to be the wizard.

All of the comparisons hint that another twist is on the way. Though Loki fan theories speculate that a major MCU villain, such as Kang the Conqueror, is behind the TVA, perhaps the truth isn't so complicated. Loki's whole philosophy of taking away people's choices is perfectly aligned with the TVA, which wants everyone to adhere to its Sacred Timeline. The references may indicate Loki is behind it all. After all, The Wizard of Oz is all about a trickster pulling the strings, and there's no bigger trickster in Marvel than Loki.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

Loki Production Designer on Adding a Cat to the TVA Office

Collider 12 July, 2021 - 01:17am

"I would talk to Kasra about how his humor infuses his production design," Herron said to Collider, "because he pitched the idea of the cubes to me. Originally it was like they were these rooms that he was going in, but Kasra was like, 'Oh, it'd be so funny if they're cubes, and they have these hatches and he falls through.' That's his genius. And the cat in the paperwork chamber, that's him. He put that in the illustration. And I was like, 'Man, that's so funny.' But that's just an example of he's very detail-orientated. And he's very, very funny," she said.

In the interview below, Farahani (whose other credits include, as a fun coincidence, the Owen Wilson-starring Bliss) offers up some very fun insight into his work, explaining why touches like adding the cat are key to his approach, how much of what we see on screen was actually physically built for the actors, and what his favorite set pieces are.

KASRA FARAHANI: Yeah, that was a lot of fun. The processing chambers, as we called them, they read very different, initially, they were more... This is Charlie.

FARAHANI: They were more fantastical, and floating around, and stuff. Not only from a logistics standpoint, but also humor-wise, I was pitching this more tactile Terry Gilliam, Brazil, version of it, and it was funny to us that the clerk would have been there forever, and this is kind of born out in the episodes when you see the flashback to kid Sylvie going through the same chamber and the same clerk and the same cat are there, that that guy and his cat had just been there forever. That the cat is such a big part of his world, to the point that the cat's six feet away from him, but he's got a coffee mug with a picture of the cat on it. We put those in the illustrations and we were able to sell them to Kate and Kevin Wright, the creative producer, and Kevin Feige all at the same time. It was a big success, it was a lot of fun.

FARAHANI: Yeah, I mean, it's harder to shoot because cats are not the easiest... They're not the most cooperative sometimes. But no, I think it always adds life. Generally throughout the design, whether it's the bowling alley Loki palace, or specifically this clerk in the paperwork chamber, we come up in the art department and we try to come up with these micro narratives about these places. Because it helps us to create specific and fully realized environments, instead of generic looking things, it just helps us to make it richer.

FARAHANI: I think people have been very kind, and they seem to be pretty thorough. What I wonder if they realize, which is because it's so uncommon these days, is how much of these environments are completely physically built. They're not set-extended, like so much of the TVA. All those ceilings, which are such a big part of the monolithic stoic, bureaucratic, architectural feel, they exist, they were built physically. Because of the way Autumn [Durald Arkapaw], our DP, shoots so low angle, you see them all the time. It's one of those things where people are having such a great response to the show, to the look of it, and they may not fully realize why, but I think part of it is because there's a very tactile and great lived-in quality to the spaces because they do actually exist. The set extension is used more deliberately and sparingly.

FARAHANI: Yeah, that's right. That's a lot of it. When you're looking out at the expanse of the TVA, that those things obviously are, they're set extended. But yeah, a lot of it was in camera, which was important for the actors, and also just, I think, contributes to what is making this look somehow different.

FARAHANI: There's a giant, super graphic in the back corner that has the room number on it. An unnecessarily large graphic inspired by mid-century modern super graphics, like Paul Rudolph did, and stuff. Yeah, so if you look at that, if you pay attention, that number is different every time they're in a different room. So, Loki has one and Sylvie has a different one, and then there's I think a third one that they're in at some point, if I remember correctly. The design of them is the same, these time theaters are essentially interrogation rooms. They're the same, but the number changes depending on which floor they're on.

FARAHANI: Well, I think what makes this feel at once familiar and foreign, I hope, is that the TVA is born of a very broad range of mid-century modern influences. So, for example, the spaces have this massive imposing, intimidating scale, and that's influenced by English brutalism, and mid-century modernism that you saw in Eastern Europe, that's influenced by Soviet architecture. That's driving some of the way these spaces feel architecturally, but then their surfaces are treated more like American mid-century modernism, which is warmer in color, and zany patterns, and stuff.

So, the result is that you're creating these spaces that have this kind of paradoxical feeling of being at once inviting and very intimidating. Then you bring into that this aberrant, anachronistic technology that they have from different... It's almost like analog technology never stopped, like digital technology never existed, but analog technology continued to get more and more sophisticated, and capable of more and more. So, you have this high functionality, and yet in terms of the vernacular of it, the tech has an analog, tactile quality still. So, that's kind of the way we're trying to create something that feels familiar and totally foreign and strange at the same time.

FARAHANI: We did not use any CRT monitors, we built ours. So, the Chronomonitors that you see is a seven foot wide screen that we built. The graphics on it, we designed separately and were added in post-production. So it's not a functional monitor. But yeah, it's a tricky thing actually, because CRT monitors or tube televisions, generally, especially if you're trying to get an analog quality, an old vintage analog quality, it's very difficult to run play back through. If you were to get... Sometimes they now have old TVs that have been gutted and have new guts in them, so you can do playback. But it doesn't have all the weird distortion that makes it feel truly old, which is why we didn't do it that way.

FARAHANI: Very tough to say, I'd say... There's a couple of different things I'll mention, like the Miss Minutes queue with the slammed down ceiling that's super low, it's like 7'6", which is six inches lower than the shittiest apartment you've ever been in. It's filled with these eyeballs that are cut into the ceiling, so it's this matrix of eyeballs, like they're being watched. The time theater, I love the matrix of these square shafts of light creating this forest of light columns. Then finally, the Loki palace in Episode 5, I love the strange bowling alley deleted from time, filled with a throne from a mall Santa. That one's got so many different, crazy Easter eggs in it. I love them all, but those three, if I had to say.

New episodes of Loki premiere Wednesdays on Disney+.

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