Director Kate Herron’s time guiding the God of Mischief through the multiverse has come to an end.
The 33-year-old Loki “superfan” directed all six episodes of the Marvel series, which ended its first season Wednesday with the universe- (and heart-)shattering finale, “For All Time. Always.” A mid-credits sequence revealed the Asgardian antihero would return for a second season. But Herron—who helped define the “Mad Men meets Blade Runner” retro-futuristic look and heightened emotion of the series alongside writer Michael Waldron, cinematographer Autumn Durald, and composer Natalie Holt—explains she “only ever planned” to stick around for one season. And she gave it “everything in my soul.”
The director engineered massive impacts not just on Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, whose bisexuality was acknowledged onscreen and who fell in love for the first time under her stewardship, but also on the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Her tenure saw the introduction of Kang the Conqueror, a villain with a towering history in the comics (played onscreen by Last Black Man in San Francisco’s Jonathan Majors), and the birth of the multiverse, opening unlimited creative possibilities (and unleashing new threats) for these characters and their variants in the future.
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