[Ed. note: The following contains minor spoilers for Loki episode 2, “The Variant.”]
For the new Marvel Cinematic Universe series Loki, Tom Hiddleston had to do something profoundly unusual for an actor: rewind his signature character by about a decade. Loki uses time-travel shenanigans to pull the Asgardian god out of the action of 2012’s The Avengers and into a new adventure, which means the show’s version of the character never experienced all the traumas and profound character changes he went through over the course of the last nine years of Marvel movies.
And Hiddleston has enjoyed the hell out of it.