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Loki is Marvel’s best premiere yet |2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is truly wonderful. After giving us our favorite superheroes, the MCU just gave us a television series about one of the most loved anti-hero, Loki. Let us get into it, but we warn you there are spoilers ahead.

Loki premiered on 9th June 2021 on Disney+. It tells the story of Thor’s brother and the Norse God of Mischief, Loki, who was the villain in the beginning of his introduction, but soon changed into an anti-hero. The events in the show takes place right after Loki escapes in the Avenger: Endgame, and an alternate version of him is created with a new timeline.

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Tom Hiddleston reprises his character of Loki, while the other cast is joined by Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Eugene Cordero as Casey, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, etc. The show is said to consist of 6 episodes.

The first episode starts with Loki escaping from New York with the help of Tesseract and reaches the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. He is captured by TVA or Time Variance Authority, which is an organization that observes if the Sacred Timeline is flowing properly or not.

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He is convicted in front of Ravonna Renslayer, and he tells her that they should suspect the Avengers and not him. But Ravonna refuses to say the Avenger’s mission was supposed to happen, but his escape was not.

Then Mobius takes Loki to a Time Theatre and is shown his life and what mischief he has done in the past. Mobius questions him if he feels good hurting others like that, but is interrupted by Hunter B-15. Loki again tries to escape and finds the Tesseract along with other infinity stones. At this point, Loki realizes all his power is useless in TVA and even the infinity stones, as they are used as paper stones.

He returns back to the Time Theatre and witnesses his adoptive parents, Odin and Frigga dying, and also his own death at the hands of Thanos. He realizes that his cruelty and mischief won’t help him and agrees to work with Mobius to protect the Sacred Timeline from a rogue variant of himself.

This episode met with positive reviews and holds a 96% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes. After the success of other Marvel series such as “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, Loki is definitely going to grab a lot of viewership in the upcoming episodes. Episode critics also called it “Marvel’s best premiere yet”.

The timeline of this series is set before the events of Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). So at this point, he is still a villain and has not turned into an anti-hero, or met his death in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Michael Waldron, the head writer for the show compares Loki with Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Incorporated, as they both are adopted and liked being in control. The show also allows Loki to break from his character cycle of being trusted by others, but then betraying them, and becoming a villain again, allowing him to break away from that idea and potentially change as a person.

Also, Loki’s character has been identified as sexually fluid, which is also depicted in the original Marvel comics. His shapeshifting abilities make him a genderfluid character in the comics. Michael Waldron also says that they have worked hard on the gender fluidity of the character and are “eager for that representation”.

Tom Hiddleston brilliantly reprises his character and really delivers some of the most powerful expressions. In the scene where he rolls the films to see the death of his adoptive parents and the way his brother Thor says that he isn’t that bad, Hiddleston really shows great emotions. Owen Wilson also gave a good performance and while his character was confronting Loki, he really did it clean and perfectly. Gugu Mbatha-Raw also gave a good performance by just sitting in a chair and her dialogue delivery was amazing.

Tara Strong, who voiced Miss Minutes also had a clean voice acting and she clearly explained what the Time Variant Authority actually is. Although for a short time, Eugene Cordero had a good comic time during his screen presence, as well as Wunmi Mosako showed the bold expressions as an agent. Personally, Mosako and Mbatha-Raw were the best actresses in the show.

As the episode ends in a cliffhanger where a hooded stranger burns the officers of TVA, we suspect that the stranger is Loki but we have to wait for the second episode to know more.

Besides WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki, there are nine other series from Marvel that is soon going to hit the TV screen. The upcoming shows are: What If…?, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, and Armor Wars.

Did you like the first episode of Loki? What things do you expect in the upcoming episodes? Do let us know.

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  1. hero01

    nice one i love you review

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