One of the biggest surprises from Disney's Investor Day meeting was the nearly three-minute Exclusive Clip of the upcoming Disney+ series: Loki.
In it, we get our first glimpse of Tom Hiddleston's return as the God of Mischief in an alternate version of his 2012 self. This "puny god" gets a second chance at life after he vanishes away with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. Instead of heading to an Asgardian prison, Loki is set to venture on a space and time-jumping adventure that gets him in trouble with the TVA (Time Variance Authority).
Owen Wilson appears to be playing an employee of the TVA, possibly Mr. Mobius M. Mobius, a senior executive of middle management in this multiverse justice department. We see a lot of action throughout the first look and it is clear that this series will not shy away from the weird, wacky, and surreal. This show is taking place outside of Earth-199999, so expecting the unexpected will become a weekly routine when Loki premieres in May.
A recent Instagram post has revealed a behind-the scenes-look at a quarry-like action set-piece on the set of Loki. The pictures show Loki star Tom Hiddleston and key grip Charles Crivier embracing on the Loki set in March 2020, before the first halt in production due to the pandemic.
WHAT THIS MEANS
It was hard to determine a narrative throughline based on the Loki trailer we were given from Disney's Investor Day meeting. The trailer jumped around a lot and gave us glimpses of a call-back to the first Iron Man, a Thor and Heimdall mention, and a look at a crumbling Avengers tower. With that being said, it is hard to decipher what set-piece these photos are showing, if it has even been shown yet. Here are two possibilities.
This could be the unidentified planet or region that has a dark purple color and meteors falling from the sky. Considering the large quarry Hiddleston and Crivier appear to be standing in, it could easily be assumed that this large crater was made by a meteor. The color and landscape of the area are hard to compare though, because of how much post-production CGI work was done on most of these action sequences.
The second, and possibly even better, guess is the apocalyptic New York City, featuring Avengers Tower. The color palette of this shot fits much more with that of the aforementioned Instagram photos. With what appears to be an alternate timeline where maybe Thanos, or even Loki himself, has torn NYC to the ground, it is safe to assume there would be plenty of divots to fall into. Also, because we know this was a part of an action scene, it would be likely that Avengers Tower didn't get destroyed without a fight.