The Norse God of Mischief sits in a dimly lit cubicle wearing a thin black tie that would look like he’s at home on Don Draper.
But in front of him is something even stranger: Miss Minutes, the animated, semi-sentient, clock face mascot of Marvel’s all-powerful bureaucracy, the Time Variance Authority.
“Are you a recording or are you alive?” Loki asks for the hologram.
“Uh, sort of both,” Miss Minutes replies. He hits her with a rolled up magazine.
It’s a small, unimportant moment on a show full of intoxicating concepts and heartfelt monologues, but for fans of Miss Minutes – a stage thief taking his place against Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Mobius (Owen Wilson) – it’s is a perfect distillation of why we loved this weird technicolor character.
STAGE THIEVES is a countdown that salutes the unforgettable characters of the small screen of the year. Miss Minutes is # 5.
Miss Minutes is voiced by Tara Strong, an animation legend heard on classic shows like Teen Titans (Crow), Rugrats (Dil pickles), The Powerpuff Girls (bubbles), and My sponsors are magic (Timmy Turner) and big video games like Mortal Kombat X and Jak and Daxter. Batman thug Harley Quinn is as much her role as Margot Robbie, with Strong’s many performances as the famous villainous clown.
Strong has an impressive lineup, voicing high-energy characters (like Harley Quinn) and cranky superheroes (like Raven). Watching her famous roles on YouTube is arguably a masterclass on par with similar videos from Paul McCartney or Dwayne Johnson.
For Loki, she gives her voice a southern accent (an impressive feat for a native Canadian), making the dreadful warning Miss Minutes gives in Episode 1 – “I’m Miss Minutes, and it’s my job to you. catch up before you get tried for your crimes “- that’s much easier to swallow. Strong’s voice appears throughout the series, but it’s never entirely clear if she’s a prerecorded hologram, malicious AI, or something in between.
When Reverse asked Tara Strong for a response, she revealed that not even Lokithe director of Kate Herron was sure of it. “Even in conversations with Kate, when I ask her, ‘How sensitive is she? “This is still a vague approximation,” reveals Strong. “It’s an enigma. We wanted to keep that in question so that, while the audience is watching, they don’t know it either. “
Who is Miss Minutes?
- Best quote: “The VAT intervened to correct your mistake and put time back on its predetermined path. Now that your actions have left you out of the timeline, you must be tried for your offenses. So sit back, and we’ll be appearing you before a judge in no time. Just make sure you have your ticket.
- Famous for: Southern Accents, Explaining Multiversal Wars with a Positive Attitude
- The scene robbery episode: Season 1, Episode 2, “The Variation” (Loki)
- Super power : File not found.
- Scientific element: Cesium, a liquid metal used to tell time in the first precise atomic clock, built in 1955.
- Walking song: “Time is on my side” from the Rolling Stones
This mystery only adds to the intrigue of Miss Minutes. At the end of LokiIt is clear that Strong’s character is more than it looks. Minutes appears to work directly for He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), the mysterious founder of TVA. When Loki finally arrives at the founder’s castle, it’s Miss Minutes who greets them, offering them lies and false promises in a last-ditch attempt to save her boss. More than even The One Who Remains Himself, Miss Minutes seems to believe with all her artificial heart in the dubious mission of TVA, even if this is perhaps just another piece of evidence that proves that she is nothing more than a conscientious computer program.
Loki is already confirmed for season 2, so the return of Miss Minutes seems guaranteed. But beyond that, we’d love to see Tara Strong get her own spin-off, whether it’s a fully animated series set in the technicolor world of TVA propaganda videos, a prequel depicting the early days of the Time Variance Authority, or whatever. entirely.
“Seems to believe with all his might artificial heart in the dubious mission of TVA ”
Miss Minutes is already set to appear in an upcoming one-shot comic called Timeless, making her part of a very exclusive group of characters invented for the Marvel Cinematic Universe who made their way into the comics, joining other fan favorites like Agent Coulson.
Regardless of what the future holds, we are grateful for what Miss Minutes has already given us. In perhaps the most complex Marvel story to date, Tara Strong’s Animated Clock provided comedic relief and much needed exposure – one way or another often at the same time. Hopefully that sense of joy isn’t lost as the MCU continues to delve deeper into the multiverse.
Loki is now streaming on Disney +.