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Loki Series Creator Says Show Will Deal With Loki’s Struggle With Identity

March 27, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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The creator of the upcoming Loki Disney+ series says that the show will see the titular Asgardian deal with some identity struggles. Michael Waldron, who created the MCU series for the streaming service, appeared on the Forever Dogs Podcast (per JoBlo) and weighed in on what the series’s thematic approach to the Tom Hiddleston-played Marvel villain.

“I think it’s the struggle with identity, who you are, who you want to be,” Waldron said. “I’m really drawn to characters who are fighting for control. Certainly you see that with Loki over the first 10 years of movies, he’s out of control at pivotal parts of his life, he was adopted and everything and that manifest itself through anger and spite towards his family.”

When it comes to Loki, there’s no shortage to the number of identity issues he may have. The character has been stuck between extremes in multiple different ways, both in the MCU and in the comics. Hiddleston’s Loki has a couple of obvious versions of that in the conflict of his frost giant blood versus his Asgardian upbringing and his shifts between hero and villain. He also has a literal identity crisis, as the Loki seen in the series will be the one from 2012 (aka the one seen in The Avengers, who escaped during the time shenanigans of Avengers: Endgame) and not the one that made it through Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War. That may provide fertile ground, if the show goes there, for Loki trying to come to terms with who he became and whether he wants to go down that road again.

Hiddleston is back as Loki for the series alongside Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Richard E. Grant, and Sopia Di Martino. Production is on a halt right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the series is expected to launch some time next year.

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