At first, Owen Wilson’s casting in Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series, Loki, may have seemed a bit out of left field. The guy from Wedding Crashers and Shanghai Knights is gonna share a screen with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki? Sounds weird, right? But when you consider the show’s tone, he is actually a perfect fit. To prove it, the latest trailer reinforces the fact that he belongs in this type of Marvel show.
You can check out Owen Wilson in the new Loki trailer below:
As you can see, the showrunners are setting up Owen Wilson to be a kind of comic relief character who doubles as an exposition dispenser. The first part of that sentence is expected, but the second part is… interesting. Still, it sounds like we will definitely need him to explain to us just what is going on because there seem to be a ton of new ideas at play here.
But who is Owen Wilson portraying? As it turns out, he plays Mobius M. Mobius, a member of the multiverse-monitoring Time Variance Authority (TVA). This appears to support the time-traveling stuff that was teased in the first poster, so that is gonna be cool to explore. Even more excitingly, though, is the fact that Wilson looks like a fun addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it will be interesting to see how he helps elevate an already awesome cast.
I appreciate that the creative team is honoring the ramifications of Infinity War by calling Loki a “variant.” Superhero comics are known to create the illusion that what happens in them doesn’t matter. That events can be reversed without consequence and the people impacted by it will be none the wiser. It is frustrating for some comic readers and may even grow tiresome for people wanting punchy storylines. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has largely been pretty good about making its movies consequential in some big ways. Luckily, and perhaps somewhat incongruously, Loki continues that trend and doesn’t seem interested in that illusion. Here’s to hoping that Owen Wilson’s character, drawing upon his wisdom as a kind of guardian of the multiverse, helps drive that idea home even further.
It will be awesome to see Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson interact, and who knows what kind of time-bending antics they will get into. We haven’t seen Loki since 2019’s Infinity Saga-capping Avengers: Endgame, which saw the Asgardian trickster, not-so-fresh after his sound beating after the Battle of New York, take off with the Tesseract after the Avengers bungle an attempt to reverse the Snap by going back in time. The intent to bring him back into the larger story is made pretty clear there, but how it will be done remains a closely guarded secret. In fact, we will probably not know or learn much more until the first episode hits Disney+ this summer.
If this gets you even more pumped for the show, don’t worry! It is not far off. You can catch Owen Wilson in Loki when it premieres on June 11, 2021.