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Tom Hiddleston on Mobius, Loki and queer identity

This article contains a frank discussion of the Loki series premiere, “Glorious Purpose”. If you haven’t caught up, now is the time to go.

When Elizabeth olsenby Wanda Maximoff and Anthony mackieSam Wilson set sail for their Disney + shows, they had a familiar company in the form of Paul bettanythe vision and Sebastien stanby Bucky Barnes. But as Tom hiddleston‘s Loki steps out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline and embarks on his adventures with the Time Variance Authority, he does so without another previously established Marvel companion for the ride.

As we see in the series premiere, the defining relationship for Loki on this show will likely be with the character of Mobius, played by Owen Wilson. Editor-in-chief Michel waldron described theirs as a romantic relationship, but not a romantic one. Hiddleston spoke with Vanity Fairs Still watching Podcast on the love affair between Mobius and Loki as well as the obligation he feels towards the canonically queer and fluid gender identity of his character. You can listen to the full interview here or read a few key snippets below.

When the director Taika Waititi was tasked with reinventing the character of Thor for his film Thor: Ragnarok, he did this by removing all the things that had previously defined the god of thunder. He cut Thor’s hair, broke his hammer, killed Thor’s pals, and destroyed his house in Asgard. In one interview 2017, however, Waititi revealed that he was told not to mess with Loki. The character was too popular; Marvel wanted to keep him as he was.

But here in his own Disney + series, Loki gets the treatment his brother Thor received. Ragnarok. “Thor is nowhere to be found and Asgard is very far away,” Hiddleston said. “There are no Avengers on hand. He is even stripped of his status and power. What is left if you strip Loki of all the things that are familiar to him? It is up to him to discover as much as the public.

Mobius, who helps Loki on this journey of self-discovery, gives Hiddleston’s character a healthy dose of psychiatric analysis during the series premiere. Mobius, Hiddleston says, is uniquely positioned to help Loki get through his first story without his brother Thor by his side. “What was so new and fresh to me is that Mobius is a character who is emotionally detached from Loki’s emotional turmoil and all the tricks Loki is trying to play,” Hiddleston says. “[The things that] work on everyone, provocation or manipulation, don’t land with Mobius.

While Mobius is tough on Loki at times, there are also cores of compassion there. Hiddleston considers Mobius “delighted”, with “academic curiosity”, to have Loki in front of him. “They are both very smart and both try to outdo each other, and realize early on that they need each other for different reasons,” he says. “It’s an unusual feeling and by needing each other they may have to try to trust each other which is going to be very difficult.” Loki editor-in-chief Michael Waldron compared their relationship to that shared by Tom hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio in the years 2002 Catch Me If You Can.

There is a temptation to drag Mobius into an almost fatherly role. He is able to give Loki the approval that Loki was dying to receive from his father, Odin. There’s a point in the premiere where Loki insists he’s very smart, and Mobius warmly accepts, “I know you are.” Hiddleston says this moment is “unsettling” for Loki, who “finds himself in the presence of someone who confronts him with who he is, who he could be, seemingly without judgment.”

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