When asked about the significance of the “Loki” finale’s intro sequence by TV Line, she explained “It’s this beautiful [tribute] to what’s come before, but then we get this fun handoff [to what’s coming next].”
Herron also gave context for how the sequence evolved from something much simpler to a meeting point for the MCU’s past and future. The writer of Episode 6, Eric Martin, proposed a segment that would reference “Contact,” a 1997 sci-fi film. Herron said, “We were going to go through space until the end of time, and we’d see the Citadel in the physical timeline.”
The original concept for the opening sequence was to present it in the cold silence of space, but it was eventually decided that the segment would use a sort of soundscape, with “noises like a baby crying, ambient sounds from the city and the jungle, and famous quotes throughout history.” When Marvel boss Kevin Feige saw the finished product, he recommended that the intro incorporate quotes from the MCU.
From there, Herron and her team of editors, including Sara Bennett and Emma McCleave, worked to create an opening sequence that honored Marvel’s past and present while still positioning the opening moments of the finale to bring “Loki” Season 1 to a satisfying conclusion.