The Loki creative team thought it would be “really fun” to subvert expectations with Victor Timely

Expect the unexpected Loki Season 2 – particularly when it comes to Victor Timely – teases the show’s producer Kevin Wright to Yahoo UK.

The character played by Jonathan Majors in the series is a variant of Kang the Conqueror and a person named Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) were warned that they would bring death and destruction, but that wasn’t how the creative team wanted to approach the character.

“He tells us – at the end of the first season – ‘The war is coming’.” [so] “You expect this sci-fi villain from the future,” says Wright.

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“And I just think structurally from the start, we [thought] It would be really fun if the next one that showed up wasn’t a villain, and he wasn’t a big sci-fi villain, but someone from the past.

He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) in Marvel Studios' LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All rights reserved.

Jonathan Majors portrayed He Who Remains in Loki Season 1, and the character teased his variants that would cause chaos in the future (Marvel) (Courtesy of Marvel Studios)

“It just opened up all these possibilities of fun storytelling for us, one: going to the World’s Fair in Chicago, and two: Victor is someone who can really challenge all of our characters.

“The fact that the TVA now knows this guy but needs to get him back there to help them.”

“The fact that Sylvie just wants to live her life but says, ‘If one of these guys shows up, I’m going to kill him,’ but she also believes in free will and that’s almost a paradox to her,” as if you “You want free will, but you want to kill this guy.”

Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie in LOKI, Season 2 from Marvel Studios, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL.

Loki producer Kevin Wright said subverting expectations with Victor Timely presented an interesting conundrum for Sylvie (Marvel). (Gareth Gatrell)

“It will just challenge your worldview,” he adds. “For all of our characters, it just felt like going down that path would give us rich character conflict.”

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Majors was arrested earlier this year on charges of assault, strangulation and harassment and is now scheduled to appear in court. The actor has denied the allegations.

But the uncertainty over the actor’s position has put the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a precarious position, given how central the actor’s character is to the stories in phases five and six.

Owen Wilson as Mobius and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Loki (Marvel)

Owen Wilson as Mobius and Tom Hiddleston as Loki told Wright that making Victor a good guy felt like there was rich character conflict for us to go in that direction. (Wonder) (Gareth Gatrell)

Wright has already explained this A rewrite of the majors was never consideredand that the series was not affected by his arrest as production had already completed.

When asked what Marvel’s future might hold for the villain, Wright says: “For five years I’ve been nothing but Loki. I would say it’s hard to say without revealing what we’re doing this season.

“We do some pretty big things, but I think it’s a character that can always be unexpected and come from different directions.”

Loki Season 2 airs Fridays on Disney+.

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