Loki series writer Michael Waldron talks a little bit about the Marvel series, and what influenced his approach to the new Marvel series dropping on Disney+ this week.
While talking to Vanity Fair, Waldron shared what films influenced the Loki series. The films include Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, and Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. He explained:
“At first I was carrying in the Rick and Morty sensibility and I had to recalibrate. I’m not writing a 22-minute cartoon. I was watching Quentin Tarantino movies—Inglourious Basterds. Movies that luxuriate in long scenes of dialogue and tension building.”
Scott, Tarantino, Spielberg and Linklater are some very big names to gather inspiration from, and it’s quite a wheelhouse of films that were noted, but with Loki set to enter his solo series as he’s recruited by the Time Variance Authority, anything is possible.
Waldron went on to admit that he knows fans are going to pick this show apart, so they made sure all the time travel elements were going to be airtight.
“I was always very acutely aware of the fact that there’s a week between each of our episodes and these fans are going to do exactly what I would do, which is pick this apart. We wanted to create a time-travel logic that was so airtight it could sustain over six hours. There’s some time-travel sci-fi concepts here that I’m eager for my Rick and Morty colleagues to see.”
Plot holes and time travel go hand in hand, we have seen it before, looking at you Terminator franchise, but it’s easy and it happens. Marvel and the creative teams they put together have managed to give us some pretty airtight storytelling so far already and they have tackled the time travel aspect, although on a much smaller spectrum, but still… I have full confidence in Marvel.
“It was important that every episode stood alone. The Leftovers or Watchmen, which I admired so much—every one of those episodes felt like a distinct short story. That’s the sign of a great episode of TV. ‘Oh, it’s that episode of Loki.’”
The series picks up “immediately after Loki steals the Tesseract (again), he finds himself called before the Time Variance Authority, a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space, forced to answer for his crimes against the timeline and given a choice: face deletion from reality or assist in catching an even greater threat.”
The series stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Richard E. Grant, and Sophia Di Martino. The series was directed by Kate Herron, and Michael Waldron is the head writer.
Loki premieres on Disney+ on June 9, 2021.