VFXShow 255: Loki


We’re back! And we missed you! 

The start of the new season of the VFXShow is here with the Marvel Series Loki. Next up is For All Mankind and then hopefully a string of films that are returning to the cinema – plus we have some retro shows planned such as Twister.


The God of Mischief creates havoc in the new Disney+ Marvel series Loki, which takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.  The series is helmed by Michael Waldron, known for Rick and Morty (2014-2020). Waldron is also the director of the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022). The series is expected to have a major impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe plot lines, serving as a link to both Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

The series was directed by Kate Herron, who explained recently that the series doesn’t align with any particular story in the comics. “While it may pull some inspiration from here and there, there’s not a major narrative adaptation like there was in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) or Captain America: Civil War (2016).” Autumn Durald is the series cinematographer. Bradley Parker was the visual effects supervisor with ILM, Rise, Crafty Apes, Method Studios, Digital Domain, Framestore, Rodeo FX, Lola, Luma, Cantina Creative all having credits, and the Third Floor providing visualization. 

Tom Hiddleston returns as Loki, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant. Filming started at the start of 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia for season 1, but filming was disrupted by COVID.

The Variants at the TVA for this episode are:

  • Matt Wallin         @mattwallin               www.mattwallin.com
  • Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond      www.thediamondbros.com
  • Mike Seymour   @mikeseymour.           www.fxguide.com

As the guys discuss, the Time Variance Authority headquarters was inspired by the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel, a 50-story building with a distinctive atrium chamber (and from which Mike childishly threw paper airplanes many years ago while drunk).

If you need to catch up on any of the story thus far, Tom Hiddleston does a great job of summarising Loki’s story here:



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