Alligator Loki is inspired by a real life emotional support crocodile named Wally, who serves as a visual reference for the Disney + show.
Alligator Loki, who stole the show with his debut in Loki Episode 4 was actually inspired by a real life support animal. Loki debuted on Disney + on June 9 and has been gaining momentum as it nears its season finale. Episode 4, “The Nexus Event,” dropped the biggest bombshell when it revealed TVA’s lies and introduced four new variants of Loki in its post-credit scene. Kid Loki, Boastful Loki, Classic Loki, and Alligator Loki quickly wowed audiences in Episode 5 as their characters were further explored.
Of the variants, Alligator Loki was the most comical with his little horned helmet and his attack on President Loki. It also intrigued fans, as the characters themselves were a bit doubtful whether Alligator Loki is, in fact, a variant of Loki or just a crocodile. Loki Writer Michael Waldron knows the answer, but is content to let fans debate the Alligator Loki variant status. However, other interesting facts about the story behind Alligator Loki are emerging.
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Loki Writer Eric Martin has revealed that Alligator Loki’s appearance was inspired by a real-life support animal named Wally. Martin took to Twitter to share a video of Wally, explaining that while the idea for Alligator Loki came from Waldron, Wally served as a visual reference. The 5-foot, 60-pound alligator is a federally licensed emotional support animal that loves hugs and kisses and helps its owner, Joie Henney, with her depression. Check out the Tweet below:
Not surprisingly, Alligator Loki required a visual reference to come to life. What Loki BTS photo of director Kate Herron revealed, Alligator Loki was created in large part by CGI. Most likely, the creators will need a picture of how an alligator looks and moves to animate it effectively. Viewers of the video will notice that Wally’s size and movements resemble Alligator Loki. In fact, at one point, a woman takes Wally and holds him over her shoulder, similar to how Kid Loki carries Alligator Loki during the fight.
As well as giving Wally credit for inspiring Alligator Loki, Martin is also helping share Wally’s incredible story. The idea that an alligator is an emotional support animal is hard to believe; however, it is undeniable that Wally has helped and supported his owner. Meanwhile, Henney takes good care of Wally and the many other alligators and reptiles that he is back home. Since Alligator Loki is not based on a Marvel comic book character, Wally serves to provide a unique background to his story. Theories are already being formed about the possible return of Kid Loki in the future of the MCU, and if he does return, it is likely that Alligator Loki will appear again. For now though, Alligator Loki is a fun addition to the Loki series, and its creation helps raise awareness of the Wally and Henney story.
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