Season 1 of Marvel's Loki on Disney+ may be over, but that doesn't mean there's nothing else to learn about He Who Remains and the now-unleashed multiverse, the TVA, or its beloved mascot voiced by Tara Strong— Miss Minutes.
While Marvel Studios answered a number of questions in Loki's Season 1 finale, Miss Minutes remains a mystery and even more so after Loki and Sylvie encountered her in the Citadel at the End of Time.
While fans may have to wait until Season 2 of Loki or possibly Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania for answers, Marvel is pulling back the curtain on how she was brought to life in the series and how Loki's cast was able to interact with her on set.
HOW LOKI'S TOM HIDDLESTON FILMED SCENES WITH MISS MINUTES
In a new behind-the-scenes video from Marvel Entertainment, VFX Supervisor Brad Parker explained how real actors need "eye lines" to know where a digital character is going to be; and for Miss Minutes, Marvel's eye line for Tom Hiddleston was "a little LED lamp:"
"In the case of Miss Minutes, this was often a little LED lamp that would create a little bit of a kick of light that she emanates from herself onto the walls. The actors were able to look at the lamp and know where Miss Minutes was going to be at any given moment."
It also appears that Marvel added Miss Minutes-style eyes and a nose to the lamp as well!
Now Miss Minutes first appeared in Episode 1 of Loki in a retro-style educational cartoon all about the TVA, the Sacred Timeline, Variants, and the Time-Keepers. However, in later episodes, she also appears as a type of interactive hologram.
In fact, when Tom Hiddleston's Loki asks whether she's a recording or alive, she answers saying, "Sorta both."
While that answer lends itself to more questions, it did help Brad Parker with the look and design of the character saying, "She almost wanted to look hand-animated. She has almost a retro style, but she's fully three-dimensional like a contemporary hologram."
The full VFX breakdown video can be watched below:
It's often fascinating — if not surprising — to learn how a scene looked to an actor during a shoot in comparison to what the audience sees later on.
Knowing now that Tom Hiddleston was swatting a glowing light with a face during that Episode 2 scene with Miss Minutes is definitely a surprise, but it's also a peek at the practical yet creative solutions Marvel utilizes to bring its characters and effects to the screen.
However, the initial plan for Miss Minutes would've required them to utilize this technique, or another one similar, for Loki's debut episode.
According to Loki director Kate Herron, she had originally planned for the character to reveal her ability to interact much earlier. However, she decided to save that secret for Episode 2.
So while the how of Miss Minutes was achieved has been revealed, what she knows and who all she's working for remains; and while fans may have to wait a "minute" or two, it's likely they will see her again in the future.
All six episodes of Loki are now streaming on Disney+.