LOKI Head Writer Michael Waldron Talks Turning The MCU On Its Head With The True Power Of The TVA (Exclusive)
Loki is finally here, and ahead of yesterday's premiere, we were able to sit down with Head Writer Michael Waldron to talk about how his time on Rick & Morty influenced this series and more!
With glorious purpose, Loki has arrived.
Ahead of the hotly-awaited premiere yesterday, yours truly was able to sit down with Primetime Emmy Award-winning Head Writer Michael Waldron (Rick & Morty; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), who is masterminding this latest entry in the great Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Considering this version of Loki Laufeyson isn't exactly the same one we've come to know and love over the course of the past decade (who ultimately perished in Avengers: Infinity War), Waldron found himself in a unique position where he was basically allowed to do anything he could possibly imagine with the character and story, as there were no real guidelines on who this Loki 2012 needed to be.
"It felt very similar to Rick & Morty in that sense in that it was like ‘Alright, you can do anything here,’ there’s no cap on our imagination. That’s a testament to Marvel as much as anything. They allowed us to be as crazy and risky as we could possibly be as a writing staff. Kevin Feige really empowered me to take chances with the character and everything. So, in that sense, it reminded me of working on Rick & Morty."
Near the end of the hour, there's a really fun Easter Egg when Loki attempts to escape the TVA by retrieving the Tesseract, but makes an unexpected discovery when the unsuspecting receptionist Casey (Eugune Cordero) opens the drawer for him and not only hands back the Cosmic Cube, but also inadvertently reveals multiple Infinity Stones that are seemingly powerless in this realm - and often used by his co-workers as paperweights.
While that's just one big way Loki has been able to turn the Marvel Cinematic Universe on its head, revealing the TVA to be a force much more powerful than anything we've seen thus far, Waldron promises there's plenty more awesomeness to come as well as lots of Easter Eggs.
"I think it was really cool to take the world of the MCU - there’s literally ten years of history that have come before this and there’s so much weight on stuff like the Infinity Stones and everything and what I thought and what our writing team got really excited about was ‘Alright, how can we say that all of that stuff was basically just bullshit compared to what the TVA does?'
It’s all in service of just making the TVA, establishing them as a more and more formidable force for Loki to be running up against. So, there’s a lot of good opportunities for Easter Eggs and stuff within that."
Check out the full video interview - with possible SPOILERS - below!