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“Loki” introduces original character not found in comics

Despite the vast array of characters from the Marvel comics, Wunmi Mosaku’s character in “Loki” is an original character created for the Disney+ series. She plays Hunter B-15, an officer of the TVA who hunts down rogue variants. In a press conference for “Loki,” Mosaku opened up about her audition experience and how she approached playing a Marvel character with no source material. 

(L-R): Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The top-secret audition 

Mosaku did not realize she was auditioning for “Loki” until she got the role. She figured the secrecy surrounding the try-out signified its importance. She sent in her audition tapes and hoped for the best. Lucky for her, she received a call with some good news. 

“When I got a phone call in the middle of the night saying I’d been offered a part in ‘Loki,’ I was like, when did I audition for ‘Loki?’” revealed Mosaku. 

(L-R): Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) and (Mobius) Owen Wilson in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Preparing for the role

For some new talent, preparing for a role means having comics dumped on your lap to read. In Mosaku’s experience, she had several conversations with director Kate Herron and co-star Tom Hiddleston about previous Marvel films to catch her up to speed. 

“I got a Marvel lecture from Kate from ‘Iron Man’ to the season finale with ‘Loki,’ and how we all fit in,” says Mosaku. 

(L-R): Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The freedom of an original character

Considering fan expectations when depicting a comic book character, Mosaku was relieved her character had a spotless record. Instead of feeling nervous about her role, Mosaku felt “no pressure because no one’s got any ideas of what they want her to be. I can bring you who she is, and you have to accept it.” 

“It is kind of does feel like a bit of pressure when you’re joining the MCU. It’s the MCU. Being able to just have a clean slate and do whatever I want to do with Kate, it’s great. It’s kind of free,” adds Mosaku. 

Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

What do you think of Hunter B-15 so far? For more “Loki” and Marvel content, check out “Why Marvel made Thor and Loki funny” and “Who is Lady Loki in “Loki episode 2?”

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