Warning: this story contains spoilers for Marvel’s Loki, season 1, episode 1.
Loki creator Michael Waldron has revealed that an impactful and emotional moment towards the end of the series’ first episode was inspired by a heavy scene in the first Toy Story movie.
In Loki episode 1, the Asgardian God of Mischief discovers a file at the Time Variance Authority that contains video footage of his future self dying at the hands of Thanos, as audiences saw at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. It’s a great moment that shows this arrogant, Avengers-era Loki that he’s not invincible. But rather than being inspired by any Marvel comic moment, Waldron says it was actually influenced by Buzz Lightyear discovering that he’s not a Space Ranger.
“For Loki to see how his life and death plays out, we talked about how in Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear finally learns and comes to grips with the fact that he is, in fact, a toy, when he sees that commercial, and just what a humbling experience that is,” explained Waldron in an interview with IGN.
“And that’s the thing that can finally take the bluster out of [Loki], realising ‘Wow, I was never actually in control the way that I thought I was.’ That’s why we wanted Loki to see that, and I think we also knew it would be really emotional and impactful, and Tom [Hiddleston] would do a great job with it.”
For more, take a look at our in-depth, spoiler filled Loki premiere review, as well as the news that Loki has been confirmed to be a gender-fluid character. If you’ve yet to see the show, here’s how to watch Loki.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.