Michael Waldron, the writer behind not just Loki but the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, shared some first-hand insight into what it’s like creating new work while managing the constraints of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s interconnected world.
When asked about what it’s like to work with Marvel Studios on a creative project while operating within the MCU, Waldron told Collider, “Well, I think one of the joys of being a writer in the Marvel world is getting to make terrible messes and leave them for your [successors]. Although, occasionally, you find yourself being your own [successor].”
He continued, “For instance, you write the Loki show and then you end up writing Doctor Strange 2, having to clean up your own mess and that can be a lot of fun. It’s certainly important to define the rules, the background, the history of this organization, as much as we can to tell the story. But ultimately, all that’s canon is what winds up on camera. So everything between those lines is open for interpretation, changing and everything.”
While the MCU canon is always open to debate amongst fans online, and creating several MCU fan-theories, Waldron noted that the MCU isn’t that much different from how the world of comics work — in the sense that although a creator might adapt a property, that same property is always opened to be reimagined in the future. The Loki writer added, “It’s like somebody wants to do a story with the TVA moving forward, certainly, we can have a conversation and I can tell them, ‘Hey, here’s what I thought maybe it would be,’ but that’s their thing, at that point and they should take it in their own direction.”
Recently, Waldron also confirmed the God of Mischief’s gender identity, stating that the MCU God is gender-fluid — as he’s been portrayed throughout Marvel Comics’ several iterations of the character. He stated, “I know how many people identify with Loki in particular and are eager for that representation, especially with this character. We worked really hard.”
The official synopsis for Loki’s first season reads,
Loki follows Thor’s unruly, adopted brother as he jumps throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.
Loki stars Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Tara Strong as Miss Minutes and Eugene Cordero as Casey, with Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant and Sasha Lane in undisclosed roles. New episodes premiere Wednesdays on Disney+.