Loki director details the hidden sci-fi references in the Marvel Studios show

The DNA of Dune, Jurassic Park, and Felix the Feline all entered into the ageless visual of the Time Variation Authority, the celestial police company in Loki, the current Marvel Studios reveal to strike Disney Plus.

That’s according to Kate Herron, the program’s director. “I wanted the show to be like a big love letter to sci-fi,” she informed Polygon by means of Zoom.

Numerous audiences instantly observed the Brutalist architecture and dystopian vibes of Loki when it premiered on Disney Plus today and connected it to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil — however to Herron, that was simply the start. Completing the style of the Time Variation Authority included a wide range of sci-fi motivations, all from various periods. “The font on the computers was inspired by Alien. The time doors you see are inspired by Dune,” Herren rattled off products. Miss Minutes? Loki’s own Mister DNA from Jurassic Park.

“I thought it’d be fun to have this of mix of Brutalist architecture and Midwest architecture,” she stated. “With Midwest, you’ve got this really heroic, classy vibe to it because the TVA is very heroic, but the Brutalist architecture is — they’re working for the Time-keepers who are these kind of godlike overseers at the timeline. So it felt like a really nice marriage to me of styles.”

Her other objective was to provide a time-traveling administration a classic feel.

“I used to work in a lot of offices as a temp before I was a filmmaker, and I remember, the computers were just old, they were archaic. And I was like, ‘How is this still functioning in an office?’ but they’d be like, ‘Look, it ain’t broke. So we’re not replacing it.’ It sparked something in my head, and when I pitched to the studio, I was like, ‘I think it’d be cool to have — we’ve seen in sci-fi, in the golden age of comics — retro-futuristic tech.’ But I just thought it’d be fun; the idea that these people at the top of the tree, maybe their technology isn’t super futuristic-looking, maybe it is more in the world of Brazil, and it’s these older computers.”

“Kasra [Farahani] and our production design,” she continued, “[worked so that] you can’t place these places in time.”

After all, if the Time Variation Authority cops all of time, why would their workplaces be from any single age?


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