Loki Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw on "Bolder and More Surreal" Season 2

With production on the second season having recently wrapped on Disney+ & Marvel Studios' Tom Hiddleston & Sophia Di Martino-starring Loki, it's time to start paying attention to who's saying what… and where… and why. Along with Hiddleston, Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, Rafael Casal, and Kate Dickie, viewers can also expect to see more of Gugu Mbatha-Raw's (Surface) Ravonna Renslayer. And now we're getting some perspective from Mbatha-Raw regarding what viewers can expect and what the filming experience was like.

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Judge Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in Marvel Studios' LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

"It's been amazing to shoot the second season of Loki. [Viewers] are gonna be in for a real treat because the show is bolder and more surreal. And in many ways, goes to some bigger, bolder places than season 1, which is really exciting," Mbatha-Raw revealed during an interview with ET. As for her on-screen persona's pursuit of free will, Mbatha-Raw added, "In 'Loki,' Ravonna is a powerful presence. Selfishly, Renslayer makes it out of the TVA, which I'm really excited about."

And now that she has one season under her belt, Mbatha-Raw revealed what it was about filming the second season that made it something she would like to see happen on the second season of Surface. "The thing that I found with 'Loki's' second season is everyone on the crew knows your character, and I've never had that before, stepping onto a set where people already know your character. That's kind of a cool feeling. So, yeah, I'm looking forward to that for 'Surface,'" Mbatha-Raw explained.

Back in May, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, producer Richie Palmer, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron checked in with Marvel.com to set the record straight as to where all of this "Multiverse Madness" really started. While most folks automatically blame Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange and Tom Holland's Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, for messing around with spells that flipped everything around, the trio makes it clear that it was Sylvie's (DiMartino) takedown of Kang (Jonathan Majors) in the Loki season finale that really lit the fuse (as we saw from Sacred Timeline branching away like it was its job). Here's a look at how it all went down:

Feige on "Multiverse Madness" Beginning Before "Spider-Man: No Way Home" Happened: "There's always a method to the madness even in the Multiverse. The Marvel.com fans know that Loki and Sylvie did something at the end of [Loki] that sort of allowed all of this to be possible. He Who Remains is gone, and that allowed a spell to go wrong in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', which leads to the entire Multiverse going quite mad in this film[Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness]."

Palmer Breaks It All Down for MCU Viewers: "If the events of 'Loki' never took place, if Sylvie didn't do what she did, this movie and the events of 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' wouldn't have been able to happen. It was the activation of the Multiverse, or maybe the reactivation of the Multiverse at the end of Loki that really led to the possibilities that you see in 'What If…?', 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', and 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.' At that moment, the Multiverse expanded indefinitely forward into the future, back into the past, sideways, left and right, to alternate realities we can't even comprehend. If it wasn't for Sylvie, we wouldn't be here right now.

Palmer: Sylvie's Act Broke Down the Barriers Between Alternate Timelines & Realities: "There's a slight difference between alternate timelines and alternate realities, but they do intersect, and they end up being one and the same. Our characters wouldn't have been able to interact with them, definitely not in the way that they did in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' and 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.'"

Sylvie's Actions Made Doctor Strange & Peter Parker's Bad Decision Even Worse: "What Kevin was referring to about that spell at the end of 'Spider-Man' is if that spell had just gone the way that Doctor Strange thought it would, even if Peter Parker messed it up so horribly like he did, it really still would have only affected people within our Universe. Doctor Strange wasn't considering that he had to, in doing that spell and setting it up, worry about all the infinite other universes out there that are filled with people that know who Spider-Man is. That shouldn't have been a factor. That was something that's not known to Strange and Wong at that point that they have to be factoring in all these alternate realities in the Multiverse."

"Loki" & "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" Writer Waldron on Addressing His "Problem": "It's cool in hindsight, You don't realize you're doing it as you're doing it because it's all overlapping and happening. In 'Loki', we set it out, 'Let's blow the lid off the Multiverse!,' since we know that's where the MCU's going. That was going to be the ultimate result of [Season 1 of] 'Loki'. We got to do that and we always joked, 'Then it'll be the problem of the 'Doctor Strange' [creative team]. Those guys will have to deal with it.' Then suddenly, I'm writing the movie and it's my problem."

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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