To celebrate the release of Loki, the new show from Marvel Studios and Disney+ that launches this week, we had the pleasure of chatting to the cast and crew of the latest MCU adventure, including the man burdened with glorious purpose…

After his demise in Avengers: Infinity War, we thought we had seen the last of the God of Mischief but, in typically Loki fashion, the opportunity presented itself in the form of the “Time Heist” our heroes undertook to undo Thanos’ wiping out half of the universe. With the Tesseract back in play, Loki saw an opportunity to escape into a “branch” timeline – but it isn’t long before The Time Variance Authority is alerted to his plans.

Chatting to us last weekend, Hiddleston told us of the lure of this unique and exciting new story for the character, especially as the “prime” Loki has perished, and his excitement in putting on the suit again (which still fit!) and put his “Loki 2012” horns on again. One of the big bonuses is his re-team with Owen Wilson and talks about the ease at which the two work and how much that added to the show.

Hiddleston is joined by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Wumni Mosaku who form part of the TVA and want to stop Loki at all costs – even if they need the help of their eccentric colleague Morbius M. Morbius (Wilson), who may have a little too much affection for him.

Mbatha-Raw knew nothing much about her character, Ravonna Renslayer, until delving into the comics, and is very aware of her connections to some other recently announced MCU characters. Mosaku, meanwhile, had no idea she was auditioning for a Disney show, let alone Loki, and read some “sides” at her audition, and what she was really going for was revealed to her.

We also chat to filmmakers Kate Herron and Michael Waldron about their enthusiasm for the character and adding a new dimension to him and the MCU, as well as the links to future MCU films (in particular Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Spiderman: No Way Home) and helping to kick off Phase 4.

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new Disney+ series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer.

You can watch the full videos of all our interviews below:

Loki launches on Disney+ on Wednesday, June 9th, with episodes airing weekly.