Review: Marvel’s “Loki”

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"Loki" premiered on Disney+ in June of 2020 and starred Tom Hiddleston. Image courtesy Disney.

Marvel’s “Loki” released through the months of June and July and finished up its episode releases on July 14th. The show was highly anticipated, giving answers to many questions about canon timeline physics and how a central timeline is protected. The introduction of the Time Variance Authority and the new powerful Timekeepers who keep track of what should and shouldn’t happen in the sacred timeline brings a new enemy that Loki and his new rag-tag team must investigate and defeat. New actors for this series include Owen Wilson as Mobius, Loki’s ally at the TVA, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, a variant of Loki, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna, another TVA agent. 

The show tells more of Loki’s story, including callbacks to his mother and growing up on Asgard after he was adopted by Frigga and Odin. It also gives a softness to Loki with the introduction of several other Lokis from other timelines. The variants tend to stray from the sacred timelines and commit crimes against it. The TVA agents must keep the timeline in order, so they arrest several Lokis, bringing them together to realize the issues within the TVA.

The interaction of the different variants of Loki makes for hilarious moments and moments for Loki to self-reflect on whether or not he really is the villain in the Avengers’ story. 

The show did not disappoint the fans of Loki, especially the fans of Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston acts beautifully and gives an emotional and authentic side to Loki that was rarely seen before in his villainous past. 

The series is visually pleasing with its gorgeous space scenes and green hue to fit the god of mischief’s aesthetic. A lot of the credit for stunning scenes of Hiddleston goes to Director Kate Herron. Although she will not be returning for season two, she directed some of the most pleasing scenes where the female gaze shows through. 

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Personally, I believe that “Loki” definitely lives up to the standard that Marvel has set with its three new shows on Disney+ that have continuity with the films. “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” were high budget and high return, with raving reviews, including from myself, and Loki does not disappoint in this department either.

The show also sets up for the new idea of a multiverse, which has been toyed with in previous movies, but is being put into play for the new “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” that is set to release in March 2022. The show was an overall hit in my opinion, and is available to stream on Disney+ along with most of the other films and shows in the MCU.

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