Star Wars Star Richard E. Grant jokes that Disney would have removed the kneecaps if it had revealed spoilers. Grant’s most recent role for Disney came Loki, in which he plays one of several variants of Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief Trapped in the Void. Although Marvel did their best to keep the role of the high-profile actor a secret, Grant was rumored to appear as a variant of Loki on the Disney + series before it aired.
A post-credits scene at the end of episode 4, “The Nexus Event” revealed that this is the case. Episode 5, “Journey into Mystery”, revealed Grant’s classic Loki in its entirety as a variant of the character who survives his encounter with Thanos in Avengers: infinity war. At the end of the episode, Old Loki heroically sacrifices himself by conjuring a grand Asgard illusion to distract Alioth, giving Loki and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) time to enchant the cloud-like creature. Even if, Loki It was not Grant’s first experience with Disney’s intense secret, as he appeared as the villain General Pryde in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
In an interview with Paul’s trip to the movies (via Comicbook) promoting his most recent role in LokiThe Oscar-nominated actor mentioned another role of his in a high-profile Disney production that set him up for the intense secrecy of the Marvel show. Discussing what that experience was like, Grant joked that Disney would have removed the kneecaps if it revealed spoilers about the latest movie in the Skywalker saga:
I was in the last Star Wars … having to keep a secret like that was torture, but it was balanced by the fact that I knew Disney would probably remove my kneecaps if I revealed anything about Star Wars or if I was removed from the movie. That kept me very, very quiet. I’d had a dress rehearsal for that, so when it came to Loki, I thought, “Oh, I already know about this.”
While Grant is clearly joking that Disney took off the kneecaps, Mouse House takes secrecy very seriously in all its projects, both Star Wars and Marvel. By not allowing leaks of any kind, Disney ensures that its surprises remain intact, which Loki It was full of everything from Sylvie being revealed as the evil variant of Loki to He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) who was revealed as the surprise villain pulling the strings. To pull off these kinds of surprise twists, Marvel must keep a strict secret during development and into production, which Grant compares to what he experienced in Rise of Skywalker, joking that he was “threatened with an Asgard-like demolitionHe did reveal anything about the Marvel show.
While some MCU stars, the most famous of them Tom Holland, have struggled to keep this level of secrecy in the past (which Marvel has apparently embraced and made part of their actual marketing scheme), Grant was fully prepared for it. This is due to his short tenure. as General Pryde. While Marvel’s intense secrecy is often the focus, Disney also institutes similar policies for its Star Wars projects, namely the Disney + series The mandalorian, who did his best to keep Mark Hamill’s return as Luke Skywalker a secret in the run-up to the end of season 2. It was this kind of secret practiced in the Star Wars side of the things that prepared Grant for Loki.
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