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The Hilarious Way Miss Minutes Was Brought To Life In Loki Episode 2

Contains minor spoilers for "Loki"

As audiences continue to fall even more in love with Tom Hiddleston's charming trickster in "Loki," the show has exponentially widened the scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by introducing the Time Variance Authority, the Sacred Timeline, and the Timekeepers. The influence of the TVA is far-reaching, as it prunes branches from the Sacred Timeline to ensure that time flows properly, without creating any alternate realities.

Obviously part of the fun of introducing the idea of the multiverse is seeing different versions of classic characters and how they differ from their mainstream counterparts. Just look at the variant of Loki who was introduced at the end of Episode 2 ... But anyway, the TVA is a fascinating concept, with the 1970s inspired bureaucratic nightmare adding an absurd mundanity to the MCU. 

But the standout part of the agency has to come from its animated mascot — Miss Minutes. Voiced by Tara Strong of "Teen Titans" and "The Fairly Odd Parents" fame, the clock-faced cartoon explains what the TVA is and why it's necessary. Her sickly sweet dialogue helps huge concepts like the "Multiverse War" go down a little easier, that's for sure. As it turns out, the crew had an interesting way of bringing her to life on set.

Cardboard eyes

During the opening few minutes of Episode 2, the God of Mischief is relaxing with his feet up on a desk, while Miss Minutes tries to quiz him about TVA protocol. It's revealed that not only is the character part of the informational cartoon seen on the TVA screens, she can actually transfer herself into real life and seemingly interact with the environment around her. Loki even tries to swat her with a magazine after asking her what she actually is – "Are you a recording? Or are you alive?" Apparently, she's "sorta both." Cool. That kind of pseudo-real object is difficult to act opposite, though, so director Kate Herron revealed to The Los Angeles Times how the crew worked around Miss Minutes on set.

"It was basically like a lamp that we stuck little cardboard eyes on," revealed Herron. "She was this little lamp on suitcase wheels that we'd spin around. She's a light because she lights the scene because the character is illuminated. Then you replace the terrifying lamp with a lovely cartoon."

Tom Hiddleston made it look like he was annoying an animated clock that was actually a lamp on wheels? The man deserves even more recognition for his talents. Surprisingly, Herron also told The Los Angeles Times that Miss Minutes has an "interesting" journey as a character, which ... that's disturbing.