By Marc Strom
|"Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers" available for download now!|
For every beginning comes an ending.
With the release of "Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers" Episode 4 on iTunes, Xbox LIVE, and PlayStation Network last week, Marvel Knights Animation's latest epic reached its dramatic conclusion.
Now, with the full series available for download, we spoke with "Blood Brothers" producer Ruwan Jayatilleke and looked back at Loki's ill-fated adventure, along with a hint of where Marvel Knights Animation may head next!
Marvel.com: By the end, it's almost as if Thor has become the "villain" of the piece, succumbing to his fated role while Loki attempts to break from it. What would you characterize as Thor's role in the story overall?
Ruwan Jayatilleke: I would say that even though Thor appears only in key moments of the animated series, his role is central, which is he is the foil to Loki. He is the root cause [of] why Loki feels the way that he does. But as Loki figures out in the end, he and Thor are key to breaking the cycle of fighting, turmoil, and destruction.
Without light there is no dark…without Thor there is no Loki.
Marvel.com: Why do you feel Loki is so desperate to break the cycle of fate he's trapped in, and who do you think ultimately perpetuates that cycle?
|Screenshot of Loki from "Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers"|
Ruwan Jayatilleke: Loki needs to break the cycle because he wants to be accepted by his fellow Asgardians and by Thor.
Though he is a god, Loki still has a humanity to him and realizes that he is just as much a pawn in fate’s game as Thor and the rest of Asgard. The only way to do that is to truly change who he is. And the only way to do that is to change what he ultimately becomes, or is destined to do.
No one perpetuates the cycle. It just is. It’s fate versus free will, something that Loki is struggling with throughout this story. Once he takes control of his destiny, he realizes ruling Asgard is not all that it is cracked up to be. He also sees that he is slowly sliding down the precipice back into that one single, horrible destiny.
Marvel.com: You've mentioned before that you hope Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic one day do a sequel to this series--where would you like to see the story go from here?
Ruwan Jayatilleke: I would say Odin and his motivations would have been a great sequel. To really understand whether the Allfather is as wise, benign and all-seeing as he is made out to be. I believe Rodi and Ribic would reveal that Odin has an agenda and “something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
|Screenshot of Thor from "Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers"|
Marvel.com: Looking back at the series, what are you most proud of?
Ruwan Jayatilleke: That’s like asking a parent who his or her favorite child is…I am proud of every single facet of this animated project from Magnetic Dream’s animation to James Snyder and Edge Studio’s casting of this project to the musical score of Amotz Plessner of Underground Music to the sound mix of NYAV. It was a tough project, but one that I felt everyone from Marvel to our talented creative teams executed flawlessly.
Marvel.com: Do you appreciate the story in new or different ways from when you first read the comic to now, with the final episode released?
Ruwan Jayatilleke: I do. Robert and Esad’s story is brilliant. However the animation adds an additional level of intimacy and layers of elements that amplify the original comic book limited series. It gives the audience everything that the comic book story does and more. The episodes do a seamless job of weaving those smaller elements along with epic ones to further texture and add value without unhinging the core content.
|Screenshot of Thor vs. Loki from "Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers"|
Marvel.com: Looking at Blood Brothers, what do you think are some of the biggest advances you've made in Marvel Knights Animation since its first series? Similarly, what are some of the things you learned working on this production?
Ruwan Jayatilleke: We’re finding better storytelling techniques, plain and simple, as we do more projects. What I learned is time, patience, and teamwork can solve any challenge when you add a little bit of creativity to the recipe.
Marvel.com: Any hint as to what fans can expect from Marvel Knights Animation next?
Ruwan Jayatilleke: I’d love to say something definitive. But I don’t have anything concrete yet. Maybe Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s ULTIMATES. Or Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s NEW X-MEN. Or maybe Neil Gaiman’s 1602. Or maybe NEXTWAVE! Too much great content to choose from…I guarantee whichever story is picked, it will be excellent!
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