Richard E. Grant, who appeared in last week’s Loki episode as an older version of the super hero, has expressed his interest in a potential series focused on the older version of the demi-god. Grant appeared alongside Tom Hiddlestone and a number of Loki characters from alternate universes.
Grant’s classic Loki was based on the original variant of the hero, who first appeared in the 1949 Venus No. 6 comic. Grant's appearance was a faithful recreation of the original comic book hero, including the unusual horned helmet and yellow suit.
Classic Loki differs from current Loki, as the character has a different origins story. 1949 Loki was a member of the Olympian gods, but he was banished to the underworld. Loki reigned as the king of the underworld in that universe. However, in the show, his backstory simply sees him hiding from Thanos instead of getting killed during Avengers: Infinity War.
In the cycle of perpetual Disney and Marvel spin-offs, it wouldn’t be too difficult to imagine a series focused on this older, and far more bitter version of the typically comedic character.
“How do you top that?”
The actor recently spoke with Collider about wanting to explore the character further: “Classic old Loki with muscles and Alligator-dot-com, the subseries of the sub-sub-sub series. That's what I want. Classic Loki is the only one that can talk to him and understand him. It's a given. It's a scriptwriter's dream. Get it done."
Classic Loki died at the end of the episode, so a return is unlikely at this point. Grant commented on his death in the episode in an interview with Entertainment Tonight: “As you just said, everything's possible. But I think that's because his sacrifice is so huge and it's going out with such a bang, how do you top that if he had to come back?”
“I have no idea. You know, it's not within my arena to do that. But I wouldn't say no, if asked. Put it that way,” added Grant.
Loki didn't bring the muscle
Grant was a little disappointed at the lack of muscles in his Loki suit, which were a big part of the original design for the character. When Grant arrived in Atlanta for the shoot, there were no muscles on the suit.
“Yeah. They sent me the costume design with my face on it. It was the classic Loki of the Jack Kirby illustrations of the '60s and it was a fantastic muscle suit,” commented Grant.
The actor added: “As you can see, I'm born without any. When I got to Atlanta and I said, 'So where's the muscle suit that I get into before I get into the green tights?' They said, 'What muscle suit?' And I said, 'Well, like the drawings.' They said, 'No. We don't have one for you.”
Let’s hope any future Richard E. Grant Loki projects provide the muscle suit the actor definitely wanted.