‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ directors turned down ‘Loki’

Traded in MCU fame for hotdog hand fame.

words by: Alee Kwong
May 9, 2022

It looks like Marvel lost out on two directors who have been the talk of the town. Everything Everywhere All at Once directors, The Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), were propositioned by Marvel Studios to take on the Loki series and to everyone’s surprise — they declined with a polite “no thank you.”


First, it’s not everyday that Kevin Feige offers you an opportunity to partake in the MCU. Second, it’s not common whatsoever to say no. Many directors and actors alike have expressed their excitement and gratitude for being brought into this imaginative world. The Daniels spoke with IndieWire at the SXSW Film Festival about how they don’t regret their choice and how happy they are with their most recent project.


“A deceptively thoughtful movie, one that mixes the lowest of low humor with startling wit, raw and stylish action with heady science fiction ideas, surreal running gags about the Pixar movie “Ratatouille” with a harrowing examination of embracing oblivion because there’s seemingly nothing else left. It still feels brisk at 132 minutes, and there’s a lot of movie in this movie — a spiraling, sweeping, stunning descent into madness followed by a stirring call for healing, and for kindness. It’s impossible to describe. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s the best American movie in years, and certainly the best movie to hit theaters since the pandemic began.”



The main reason they turned down the Loki job was because they didn’t want to “play in someone else’s sandbox” and wanted to focus on working on their own multiverse film. Kwan also mentioned that they are weary of taking on large projects that are associated with popular franchises and that they are currently prioritizing “TV stuff with friends.” Schienert added on by admitting that they “don’t really love meetings.”


“Then we can just throw out anything that’s not working. I respect people who are able to play in someone else’s sandbox but that’s kind of intimidating because if there’s a preexisting fanbase for a character, and a lore, a mythology and I’m not allowed to throw out something that’s not working, that seems hard. That’s the harder thing. We’re developing TV stuff with some friends and we’re really excited that something will come out of that one day. With movie stuff, we’re still lost at sea. Our brains were waiting for this movie to come out to really figure out what we’re doing next.”


We can understand their sentiments. In related Marvel news, check out the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer.


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