The director of Loki season 2 tells how Marvel transformed an abandoned Indian restaurant into a “nostalgic” McDonald’s from the 1980s.

Loki season 2:We even discovered a mould for the Hamburglar so we could create our own.

Dan DeLeeuw, the director of Loki season 2, has explained how a closed Indian restaurant was transformed into a McDonald’s for the popular Marvel TV show.

DeLeeuw explains in an exclusive interview why Marvel was unable to adapt an operational McDonald’s restaurant for Loki season 2. The second season of the Disney Plus show was recorded in and around London, so as a workaround, the Disney subsidiary looked for an abandoned structure to transform into a McDonald’s in the manner of the 1980s.

Fortunately, Marvel’s site scouts discovered an unoccupied curry restaurant just outside of London, and the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) TV show quickly agreed that it was the ideal setting.

DeLeeuw said, “It had been empty for a while.” “But what [production designer] Kasra Farahani keyed into was that the front of it had windows with rounded metal frames, which was very indicative of the McDonald’s sign from the 80s, and they aren’t easy to find.”

For Loki’s second season, Farahani and his crew spent weeks transforming the vacant structure into a McDonald’s set, and their meticulous work paid off handsomely. In the post-credits sequence of Loki season 2 episode 1, Sylvie turned up at the eatery to pick up some fast food to go, revealing the repurposed restaurant in all its glory.

However, Sylvie stays at the location, as the official Loki season 2 trailer and the second episode have now made clear to fans. As she transitions to a more sedate life away from the multiversal hijinks she became entangled in during Loki season 1, she even gets hired there. Unfortunately for Sylvie, Loki and Mobius find her in the Marvel Phase 5 series and ask her to assist them in their search for a solution to the multiverse’s implosion.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL.

Over the course of the MCU, actors who work on Marvel films have grown accustomed to shooting in front of blue and green screens. However, DeLeeuw, a veteran of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) visual effects (VFX) who made his official directing debut on Loki season 2 episode 2, was thrilled to have a real site to film in as well as the fact that it was a McDonald’s full of fond memories.

“Loki season 2:The great part of shooting on location is that you could stage everything in the parking lot,” he stated.

“It worked brilliantly because we had the field across the street and you could shoot out of the McDonald’s onto the parking lot.

Kasra collaborated with McDonald’s staff to decorate the restaurant and give it a retro feel. They searched their archives and retrieved a variety of works of art. In addition, Kasra was able to accurately recreate the iconography, furniture, and even the wallpaper. Even better, Kasra was able to manufacture our own Hamburglar to place in the restaurant thanks to the mould we discovered for it. It’s probably in storage or someone’s home now that we’ve finished filming, but it was a pretty fascinating experience to recreate everything.

Read DeLeeuw’s comments on Marvel’s overworked VFX artists and why he feels the problem is so “systemic” throughout the larger entertainment business for additional information from our exclusive interview with DeLeeuw. And be sure to return to TechRadar in the upcoming weeks for more exclusive content from Farahani and Kevin R. Wright, the executive producer of Loki season 2.

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