Kate Herron He fell in love with Marvel with the animated series of the X-Men. “I grew up loving those drawings and I remember trying disastrously to dye my hair white like Storm,” He tells us by video call. He belongs to that millennial generation that met the most emblematic heroes of the House of Ideas in animated version and later, in his mid-twenties, discovered many other characters from the cartoons in the prolific MCU.

Among them, Loki, the very tricky and trickster brother who soon captured her full attention with his tricks. “You can’t help but support him”, she says, with amused frustration: “I love antiheroes. When it’s done right like Tom has done [Hiddleston] and Marvel, they are the most complex and interesting characters ”. His confessed love for the master of deception was what made him dare to ask for a meeting with Marvel Studios as soon as he learned of the development of the series Loki.

“I prepared my presentation in a big way. I worked on a six-page document: there were ideas for the story, visual references, music, casting options … I tried to cover it all, and it worked, ”says the director of the fiction, one of the most anticipated of the Phase. 4 thanks to the indisputable charisma of its protagonist. When asked about those influences that impressed the heads of the studio, he affirms that his intention was to shoot “A love letter to science fiction” and mentions among laughs such diverse references as Metropolis, Brazil Y Teletubbies.

Loki with Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson with gray hair), responsible for monitoring the different timelines
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For the also producer, fresh out of Sex Education and unlikely signing due to his lack of experience in the genre, it was in turn fundamental to find the soul of the show beyond the marvelite paraphernalia: “One of my favorite movies is Jurassic Park because, when you remove the fireworks, the characters matter to you, you identify with them. Sex Education It taught me to discard the peculiarities of a genre and ask myself what the story is about. On Loki, if I remove the science fiction and comic elements, what am I counting? ”

The answer is a six-episode reflection on identity: “We explore if someone is really good or bad, if our past actions define us, if we can change.” Despite how suspicious Herron is when revealing information about this project, we know that the Loki with whom we meet again in this new bet is the one who steals the Tesseract on Avengers: Endgame, after the avenging heroes go back in time to the battle of New York.

It is that Loki who conspired with Thanos to invade Earth in 2012, and not the one who redeemed himself (more or less) in Thor: Ragnarok and sacrificed himself in Avengers: Infinity War. “This is not the Loki whose evolution we have seen in a decade in which he has gone from villain to antihero”, says Kate. Better not expect anything good from him.

Never trust Loki (just love him)

While we know the deceptive protagonist, Loki moves away from the comics to offer a “new and unique” version of the character, while honoring what has been done with him so far, that perfect combination between “Comedy, emotion and the best action.” For now, everything seems to indicate that good old Loki has been doing his thing with the Tesseract and has pissed off a certain organization, the Time Variation Authority (TVA), responsible for monitoring and eliminating timelines in order to take care of the peace between the alternative dimensions (eye that starts the multiverse).

They are also in charge of punishing all those who alter time, such as Thor’s brother, who will have to join them to arrange various variations. An organization with such a task well deserves a leader who is up to the task. In this case, it is the Mobius M. Mobius de Owen Wilson, who will surprise in this role, promises Herron recalling his first telephone conversation with the actor: “He told me: ‘I want to do something totally different, that people don’t wait.’ And he has succeeded. He has done something very special ”.

La jueza Ravonna Lexus Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
La jueza Ravonna Lexus Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw)
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Miss Minutes, the adorable mascot of TVA

It is not the only proper name that sneaks into the Marvel universe; the series will also feature Judge Ravonna Lexus Renslayer of Gugu Mbatha-Raw. And since entering the MCU can cause some vertigo, the director thought of the greatest expert in the field to give a talk to the team before starting to shoot. “When we started production, I asked Tom Hiddleston to give a ‘class’ on Loki”, Herron says: “I wanted all of us to be united in this journey, knowing who the character is and what he has done before, although now we are taking him another way.”

Kate Herron shares a trip with the screenwriter Michael Waldron (also behind the libretto of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), with whom he debuts in the universe of capes and tights led by Kevin Feige, the one in which she has entered dozens of times as a spectator, but in which now she has to make the grade from the other side of the screen.

“Marvel is like the stories told at the stake, with each creator telling their version. In my version of Loki, every time I thought: ‘This is too crazy’, they told me: ‘Make it more crazy’, assures about his collaboration with the study. Speaking of creators, her name joins that of more and more female directors leading MCU projects: “It is great to be in such good company, with Cate Shortland, Chloé Zhao or Nia DaCosta, I am very grateful to be a part of this. I’ve grown up loving Marvel, I’m happy. ” And she hasn’t had to dye her hair white.

Loki premieres June 9 on Disney +.

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