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Loki: 23 Details That Change Everything

Now that Loki season 1 has come to an end, we were curious about the history and development of the iconic Loki’s costumes and looks leading up to the series. So we got some inputs from the former Charlie Wen and  Anthony Francisco, who worked on the designs for years, to find out more.

And here is what we found….

1. The “crazy Loki” design was one of the very first Loki that Wen created for Marvel before director Kenneth Branagh was even hired.

Loki: 23 Details That Change Everything
The “Crazy Loki” Design

2. Kenneth Branagh was responsible for bringing Tom Hiddleston on board as Loki, and this is where the design we’re more familiar with today, began.

Loki: 23 Details That Change Everything
Loki’s first costume design

3. Even in the first film, you can see many differences between Loki’s armored look and his more casual appearance.

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4. Loki’s collar was inspired by a faux calla lily and has a deep meaning.

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5. We bet you probably didn’t know this before, but you get Odin’s helmet when you put Loki and Thor‘s helmets together.

5.We bet you probably didn't know this before, but you get Odin's helmet when you put Loki and Thor's helmets together.
Odin’s Helmet

6. The horns on Loki’s helmet in the first film were very vertical, which intentionally matched the upward shapes and design of Asgard.

7.The horns on Loki's helmet in the first film were very vertical, which intentionally matched the upward shapes and design of Asgard.
Change in the Helmet design.

7. As you go toward the later films, though, Wen started to move toward a more aggressive horn design, one that is thinner and shoots out first.

As you go toward the later films, though, Wen started to move toward a more aggressive horn design, one that is thinner and shoots out first.
Loki’s Helmet

8. Francisco designed Loki’s open-topped helmet for Thor: Ragnarok. A modernized version of Jack Kirby’s outline.

7.The horns on Loki's helmet in the first film were very vertical, which intentionally matched the upward shapes and design of Asgard.
Loki in Thor: Ragnarok

9. Three major sources inspired Wen’s design for Loki. Obviously, Jack Kirby was first…

7.The horns on Loki's helmet in the first film were very vertical, which intentionally matched the upward shapes and design of Asgard.
Jack Kirby’s Art

11. Then there were all the variants of Loki throughout the comics…

11.Then there were all the variants of Loki throughout the comics...
Comic Loki

12. Loki, the mythological character, where they tried to fit in as much mythology as possible during the development phase.

12. And finally, Loki, the mythological character.
Mythological Loki

13. The original screenplay for Thor was actually more about mythology than comic books, according to Wen.

13.The original screenplay for Thor was actually more about mythology than comic books, according to Wen.
Mythological Thor

14. Wen actually wanted to incorporate mythology into the Marvel designs anyway.

14.Wen actually wanted to incorporate mythology into the Marvel designs anyway.
Thor and Loki

15. Wen felt that Loki’s complex personality naturally lent itself to much Norse design.

15. Wen felt that Loki's complex personality naturally lent itself to much Norse design.

16. Dark World will also feature more serpentine-like design elements. The design was carried through with Loki, Thor, and Odin and one could even physically feel the tautness.

16.Dark World will also feature more serpentine-like design elements.
Thor: Dark World

17. Dark World’s colors were designed to appear “worn” and “used.”

17.Dark World's colors were designed to appear "worn" and "used."
Loki in Thor: Dark world

18. Francisco was excited to hear that Taika Waititi wanted a brand-new look for Ragnarok. “I don’t want it to look like Asgard at all.”

18.Francisco was excited to hear that Taika Waititi wanted a brand-new look for Ragnarok. "I don't want it to look like Asgard at all."
Thor: Ragnarok

19. However, there are still elements from the “old” Asgardian designs of Dark World, such as shoulder armor in Loki’s Costume.

19.However, there are still elements from the "old" Asgardian designs of Dark World, such as Loki's shoulder armor.
Loki’s shoulder armor

20. ..and this necklace piece as well.

20....and this necklace piece as well.
Loki’s costumes: Necklace piece

21. In the Ragnarok design, Francisco wanted Loki’s costume design to look unbalanced by using a lot of asymmetrical, diagonal lines.

In the Ragnarok design, Francisco wanted Loki's design to look unbalanced by using a lot of asymmetrical, diagonal lines.
Loki In the Thor: Ragnarok

22. Likewise, the blue in Loki’s Sakaar look symbolizes a more “sad” Loki. At the beginning of the movie he’s green, then he’s blue, then he’s green again…by the end of the movie, he finds who he is.” The yellow on his cape symbolizes the silver lining of Loki’s future well-being.

22. Likewise, the blue in Loki's Sakaar look symbolizes a more "sad" Loki.
Loki’s costumes: Sakaar look

23. Finally, Visual Development artists go through many, many designs for their characters, sometimes ones that are out there, like the concept where Loki’s Costume was all yellow with green inside.

Finally, Visual Development artists go through many, many designs for their characters, sometimes ones that are out there, like the concept where Loki was all yellow with green inside.
Development of Loki’s Costume

 

 

 

Written by FandomWire Staff