Richard E. Grant is keen to return as Classic Loki, though he’s not sure if anything can top the triumphant way his story ended in Loki Episode 5.
Richard E. Grant is open to the idea of returning as Classic Loki after his triumphant guest role on Loki, but you don’t really see how it would work. This week brings the final episode of Disney + Loki, the third Marvel show made exclusively for the streaming service. Over the course of its first five episodes, the series has seen Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief encounter alternate versions of himself, face death for what must be the umpteenth time, and perhaps fall in love.
Loki Episode 5 introduced audiences to multiple variants of the title character, ushering in the Oscar-nominated Grant for a memorable and shocking performance. Like Classic Loki, or a Loki who survived Thanos’ attack in Avengers: infinity warGrant only had one episode to make his mark. However, between his gentle confession that he missed his brother in his impressive magic show at the end of episode 5, Classic Loki instantly became a fan favorite. Sadly, he sacrificed himself in the final moments of the installment so that the MCU’s Loki and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) could defeat Alioth.
Grant sat with Y following his Loki will debut and discussed whether it would ever be open to a comeback as Classic Loki. The actor admitted that while anything is possible, he doesn’t see how anything could top the triumphant way Classic Loki came out. And yet that doesn’t mean I’m saying no. Grant said:
As you just said, anything is possible. But I think that’s because his sacrifice is so great and he’s coming out so hard, how would you get over that if you had to come back? I have no idea. You know, it’s not within my scope to do that. But I wouldn’t say no, if you asked me. Put it that way.
Classic Loki offered a glimpse of what the MCU’s Loki might have looked like had he survived his encounter with Thanos. Many have pointed out that a wizard as powerful as him should have been able to trick Thanos into Infinity war, and Classic Loki even teased the concept during episode 5. Grant’s performance made a character who only appeared for a short period of time truly fascinating, and many wanted to know more about him.
Of course, as Grant said, Classic Loki had a fantastic ending. Bringing him back, while giving Grant a chance to do more with the character, could run the risk of lessening the impact of his death. It might be for the best if audiences only had a short time with Classic Loki. Grant did a great job with the scenes he had, and his character won’t be forgotten any time soon. With only one episode left, Loki I might find some way to pay homage to the fallen variant. If not, at least it came out finding its glorious purpose.
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Loki Episode 6 premieres Wednesday on Disney +.
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