How Tom Hiddleston Helped Loki Co-Star Owen Wilson Prepare For His Role

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It sometimes feels like the MCU has snagged up so many actors it's becoming a shorter list to name who hasn't appeared in a project yet. Owen Wilson was one of those names until he was cast to play Mobius M. Mobius in Loki but, despite his acting prowess and decades of experience, comic book movies were still a box he hadn't checked off on his resume. So as you can imagine, he may have needed a bit of help, and co-star Tom Hiddleston was willing to pitch in.

Owen Wilson's role in Loki is described as "meaty," so it's a good thing Tom Hiddleston was willing to talk with the actor. Wilson spoke to SiriusXM about appearing on the show and explained the way Hiddleston helped him out during filming:

Actually, Tom Hiddleston - who of course plays Loki, he kind of, or we kind of, they were almost like the Loki lecturers. And so he, for a couple days, walked me through everything and the whole lore and showing me clips from the other movies and how it all fed into this story. So it was really kind of Tom telling me about it and telling me about his character.

Personally, I'm curious as to how much Owen Wilson needed to know. It's worth noting that Loki will follow a different version of the character we've come to know and love, meaning this Loki only experienced the events of Thor and The Avengers before his escape in Avengers: Endgame. The character won't have experienced all those events that turned him into an anti-hero of sorts, so it will certainly be interesting to see how this Loki develops throughout the series.

With that being said, Mobius works for the Time Variance Authority, so it stands to reason he would know all the versions of Loki even the show's God of Mischief may not be aware of. This may be why Wilson needed every little bit of information he could grab from Tom Hiddleston, especially for one scene in Loki:

And even in the way sometimes that he would describe his character, it was useful for me, because my character Mobius in Loki is kind of interviewing him at some point. So, it kind of worked doing it that way.

In Marvel Comics, Mobius is part of an organization that oversees the overall health of the multiverse but, beyond that, he's a glorified office worker. So while the Marvel universe can get pretty crazy and out there with superpowers and such, it seems Owen Wilson will be able to play this the same way he's played some of his most iconic performances. It sounds like Tom Hiddleston was a good guide to the MCU and Wilson didn't feel too out of his element stepping into this world for the first time.

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