Variety’s Virtual TV Fest – Full Panel

Variety’s Virtual TV Fest – Full Panel

Variety hosted a panel on the Virtual TV Fest with Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Watch the full panel below:

Here’s the article from Variety

‘WandaVision,’ ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ and ‘Loki’ Stars on Missing Tom Hiddleston’s Lectures and Who Texts Kevin Feige the Most

Being a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe equips its stars with unique powers both on-screen and off.

“We all have a number sign above our heads when we make independent films [for] whether or not we can sell them internationally to help get financing,” says Elizabeth Olsen. “If we want to do that, it does allow us to be able to do that. So, I think that’s a great benefit to being a part of such a huge international franchise.”

Olsen first appeared as Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015 before going onto such films as “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” In-between she worked on indies including “Ingrid Goes West” and the television series “Sorry for Your Loss” for Facebook Watch. This past television season, though, she brought her big-screen superhero to Disney Plus, headlining “WandaVision” alongside Paul Bettany.

The ability to flit between platforms at all can be special for actors, but to do so with the same character is a testament to the power of the MCU. And Olsen and Bettany were only the first to move from film to TV under the Marvel Studios banner. Soon they were followed by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and Tom Hiddleston in “Loki,” all of whom are taking part in a special panel at Variety’s Virtual TV Fest.

Despite the long and wide travels these performers take on with their Marvel roles, they are usually kept in the dark about the fates of their characters. After 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Stan was not sure if he would be in another Marvel movie — until he got a call from a friend at San Diego Comic-Con, who told him that his character was in the title of the next film that had just been announced.

Stan and Mackie found out about “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” in a similarly surprising way. The two were separately called to Los Angeles for meetings and ended up crossing paths in the hotel lobby.

“I had an idea of what was cooking, but I didn’t think it was going to be a TV show,” Mackie says of bumping into Stan. Initially, he admits, he was “horrified” by the idea of taking his character to Disney Plus.

“I was very afraid and very disappointed when I heard it was going to be a TV show because I didn’t think we could take the scope of what we had just done in all these movies and then put it on TV and it would work,” he says. “I didn’t want to be the first failed entity of Marvel. You have all this amazing stuff and then this one thing sucks and it just happens to be me. … I thought it was going to be like Batman and Robin — the original one — where it was like, ‘Pow! Bing!’”

It wasn’t until the production on the show started that Mackie says he understood they were maintaining the cinematic scope — and that he would be able to reconnect with all his MCU compatriots.

“When you become a part of the Marvel franchise, it’s almost like summer camp,” he says. “So when you show up to set, it’s everybody and you never miss a beat. Some people have kids, some people bought a car, some people did this, so it’s like you going back to seeing all your same friends over and over.”

As soon as production starts, however, each performer also must carry highly classified secrets. “I tell everyone in my personal life, and I tell no one in the press,” Olsen says, noting you have to have people you can trust.

Having so much information about where the franchise goes makes these actors experts on the material. Continuity can get complicated in a television series that has to serve as a bridge between films, especially if there are new crew members who are not as steeped in the story. That is how Hiddleston found himself hosting a multi-hour symposium on the set of “Loki.”

“There was a whiteboard, I’m afraid,” Hiddleston says. “I said to Kate Herron, our director, ‘Would it be helpful if I gave everybody all the information at the same time?’ And Kate and Kevin Wright, our producer, were like, ‘That’s a brilliant idea.’ Shamefully, it then became a Loki lecture.”

Since each of these shots were shot on the same studio lot in Atlanta, word about the Loki lectures got out to the other actors — who were crestfallen that they couldn’t attend themselves.

“They made us work,” says Mackie. “They scheduled one of our biggest scenes so we could not sneak out and crash the Tom Hiddleston symposium.”

None of these actors take their part in the MCU lightly, though.

“These films mean so much to so many people and that is a privilege,” Hiddleston says.

Perhaps the biggest privilege, it turns out, is who gets to interact the most with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige — a topic of significant interest to all of the panelists.

“How many times during your shoot did you talk to Kevin Feige, Tom?” Mackie asks Hiddleston.

“A couple of times,” Hiddleston replies. “Because of the pandemic, he was in touch about the shutdown.”

At this point, Stan jumps in. “He’s only asking because Anthony was calling him every Friday night,” Stan says.

Olsen then weighs in and calls out her own co-star. “Paul texts Kevin every other day,” she says.

“I was booking this trip to Greece and I had to know how much I could spend!” Bettany retorts.

More Interviews and Press Junkets (Compilation)

More Interviews and Press Junkets (Compilation)

Here are more interviews and press junkets to promote Loki:

Tom Hiddleston does a commercial for Hyundai

Tom Hiddleston does a commercial for Hyundai

Tom has participated in a Hyundai commercial to promote Loki, watch it below:

Loki Will Have ‘More Impact On The MCU Than Any Show So Far,’ Says Kevin Feige – Exclusive Image

Loki Will Have ‘More Impact On The MCU Than Any Show So Far,’ Says Kevin Feige – Exclusive Image

A new interview with Kevin Feige talking about Loki from Empire Magazine with a brand new image:

Between WandaVision and The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, it’s clear that Marvel’s Disney+ shows aren’t a side-attraction in the MCU – they’re fully fleshed-out stories that take on just as much narrative weight as the main movies, just with longer runtimes, episodic presentation, and the opportunity for underserved characters to have more time to shine. Next up is a franchise fan-favourite – the god of mischief himself, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, whose anomalous ‘Loki Variant’ from Avengers: Endgame is about to get caught up in the gears of time-bureaucracy organisation, the TVA.

With a timeline-hopping plot and an alt-universe Loki at its heart, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Loki will be a largely standalone adventure away from the main events of the MCU. Not so, according to head honcho Kevin Feige. “It’s tremendously important. It perhaps will have more impact on the MCU than any of the shows thus far,” he tells Empire in the new issue. “What everybody thought about WandaVision, and was sort of true, and The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, which was sort of true, is even more sort of true for Loki.”

And just as WandaVision gave us Wanda in full Scarlet Witch garb, and The Falcon And The Winter Soldier gave us Sam Wilson as a fully-fledged Captain America, it seems that Loki might prove similarly transformative for its central character. “You want to see, after six hours or so, characters change and evolve,” hints Feige. “We don’t make these shows to not be radical, right?”

Loki Preview Screening in London (+Photos)

Loki Preview Screening in London (+Photos)

Good evening, everyone! I’ve added more photos of Tom Hiddleston at the Loki Fan Preview Screening that happened on London last Tuesday.

New Loki Stills

New Loki Stills

A few new stills of Loki have been released:

Tom on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video + Screen Captures)

Tom on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video + Screen Captures)

Last Tuesday, Tom virtually attended an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, here are the video and screen captures:

Also, a picture from his stylist:

Tom attends a preview screening of Loki in London, plus brings a surprise for those attending the event in London and LA

Tom attends a preview screening of Loki in London, plus brings a surprise for those attending the event in London and LA

Today, Tom attended a preview screening of Loki in London, and he made a video appearance on the screening happening in Los Angeles. Photos and videos (videos via @badpostwh) below:

2 more Interviews, Good Morning America, Andrew Freund and more

2 more Interviews, Good Morning America, Andrew Freund and more

2 new videos have been released, one is an interview with Good Morning America, an interview with Andrew Freund and another is from Disney+ Hotstar Premium India, with Word Association, watch it below

And a video from E! where Tom talks “What You Need to Know About Loki, Thanks to Professor Tom Hiddleston”
(The video is not embeddable, so you need to visit their site to watch.

The God of Mischief is back for more.

Despite his death in Avengers: Infinity War, a different version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is ready for his close-up in his new eponymous Disney+ series. It takes him out of the Thor movies and even far out of the Avengers movies to a whole new world of saving time. We can’t yet tell you what he’s saving time from, but we can tell you why he’s helping to save it.

When the Avengers went back in time to defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, they went back to the first Avengers movie, when Loki tried to take over the world. They were trying to steal the tesseract, which contained one of the all-powerful infinity stones, but then Loki got it first and disappeared. While the Avengers went back to the 1970s to try to steal it again, Loki set off on an adventure that created a new, incorrect timeline and screwed a few things up.

In Loki, he’s been captured by the Time Variance Authority, an organization that oversees the sacred timeline, which is the way that things are supposed to happen. The Avengers were supposed to go back in time, but Loki was not supposed to steal the tesseract, which means he’s a variant on the timeline.

Variants are supposed to be erased, but in exchange for that not happening, Loki is teaming up with Mobius (Owen Wilson), an agent of the TVA, to help deal with an even bigger threat.

You can imagine that it’s a complicated story, and if any of the participants weren’t already huge fans of the MCU, they might have required a bit of backstory to help fill them in. Enter Professor Tom Hiddleston, foremost expert on the character he’s played for 10 years. He put together what came to be called “the Loki lectures” to help the cast and crew get on his level. Wilson, an MCU newbie, tells E! News that the lectures were “very helpful” as he prepared to play a guy who is essentially a Loki expert.

“If I had more Tom Hiddleston,” he says, “I would have done better in school.”

Since we could not attend Loki School, we asked Hiddleston to give us the gist of his thesis to help us prepare for the series, and he even set the scene. He explained that the series really delves into “what makes Loki Loki” and he realized that all of the production department heads had a lot of questions. Director Kate Herron, a Loki superfan, suggested they collect everybody together to give them a little Loki lesson.

“The memory now fills me with embarrassment, but I had the crew in a room and I had a little white board and a little screen, and there were some clips,” Hiddleston recalls. “I found myself coming up with phrases trying to help people understand who I thought Loki was.”

It sounds like even Hiddleston made some discoveries along the way as he picked the character apart to get to the root of the chaos.

“There’s some fun things that came out of it, like that the source of his humility comes from his hubris,” he explains. “Like he has this overinflated sense of his own importance, [and it’s like] a pattern of hubris, and then humiliation. He thinks he’s really high status, and then he’s kind of revealed to be quite low status. All the things that he appears to be on the outside are actually defenses for things that are more turbulent on the inside. So his wit and his charm and his charisma are just really his kind of armor.”

Underneath it all, Loki is just full of “vulnerability and damage and fragmentation.”

“I think if you had him as a roommate, he would be intensely annoying, because chaos isn’t easy,” Hiddleston explains. “Nine times out of 10, I think Loki’s chaos is something that’s unhelpful, but very occasionally, it’s the only thing that’s necessary.”

He says that he also found himself surprised by the character and his journey over the course of this series, in which the other characters “basically offer a confronting mirror to Loki, and his old tricks don’t work anymore.”

“He’s challenged to come up with something new, which I think is a really interesting place to start,” Hiddleston says. “I hope the audience will be surprised by the end.”

Loki premieres Wednesday, June 9 on Disney+.

New Featurette for Owen Wilson and more clips

New Featurette for Owen Wilson and more clips

A new featurette with Owen Wilson has been released and also new clips! Watch them below: