Exclusive: Loki star, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, opens up about the backstory of her character, Ravonna Renslayer, in a new interview with Screen Rant.
Loki star, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, has opened up about the backstory of her character, Judge Ravonna Renslayer, in a new exclusive interview with Screen Rant. The new MCU series will serve as an introduction to the Renslayer character, who may play an even larger role later in Phase 4 and beyond. Mbatha-Raw stars in Loki alongside Tom Hiddleston, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, and Owen Wilson.
In the Marvel comics, Ravonna Renslayer is the primary love interest of noted villain, Kang the Conqueror. Kang is set to be the main antagonist of Ant-man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and he could continue to be a major MCU villain into the future. Presumably, Renslayer will be a big part of Kang’s story, which could begin in small ways during the events of Loki. Not much has been revealed yet about the MCU’s version of Renslayer, but she’s sure to get some more significant screen time as Loki continues.
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Mbatha-Raw has now revealed some new details about Judge Renslayer in an exclusive interview with Screen Rant. The star confirmed that, while her character spends much of her time behind a desk now, her background is much more action-focused. That means fans can probably look forward to some Renslayer fights later in the show. Mbatha-Raw also explained that Renslayer’s combat style is particularly refined, making her a fierce opponent to any who would cross her. Given that she aligns with the villainous Kang in the comics, that could mean trouble for the MCU’s heroes down the line. Read Mbatha-Raw’s full quote below:
She had a military background; she had fight training in her muscle memory. But now that she’s a top judge at the TVA, she doesn’t very often have to use her fighting skills, because there are other people to do.
But when she does, it really means something. And she is not scrappy; she is very elegant and minimal in her fighting style, because she’s very skilled. So, we were trying to find a way to make her movement seem pared down and slick, as opposed to anything too scrappy. So, that was interesting, how that plays into the costume and the rest of her physicality.
From the sound of it, Renslayer is a force to be reckoned with. According to Mbatha-Raw, it takes a lot for the TVA operative to step down from her bench and fight, which begs the question: what will happen in Loki to compel her to do it? Will she join the battle against the rogue variant and fight alongside Loki and Mobius? Or will her turn toward Kang’s dark side begin in the show, pitting her against God of Mischief?
At this point, nearly anything seems possible. Renslayer only appears in one scene of Loki episode 1, so it’s tough to get a firm grasp on what she wants and what she could be hiding. As a TVA judge, she may have some additional information about the Time-Keepers, who are already one of the show’s biggest mysteries. Regardless, it will be exciting to see Renslayer jump into the action as Loki continues.
Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.
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