Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, is a character we all know and love; we’ve followed his exploits in Thor (2011), Avengers: Assemble (2012), and other movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Now, with his very own series simply titled Loki (the third Marvel series to hit Disney+), the God of Mischief is thrown into something completely new.
Loki has been a burden for the Avengers for years, and has always lived in Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) shadow. Now, with his own show, we can finally see more of Loki and, in the words of Mobius (Owen Wilson), “find out what makes Loki tick.”
The episode begins with a brief recap of the events that led Loki to escape from the Avengers in 2021, as he steals the Tesseract and simply vanishes from New York, after the attack of which he was at the helm. Loki ends up in Mongolia and is immediately found and threatened by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), who rather easily apprehend the trickster God and take him to their Headquarters (HQ).
Once there, Loki is beyond confused but also laughs in the face of the TVA, as we would expect him to do. Without giving too much away, the episode follows Loki as Mobius shows him his numerous crimes (many of which we have seen), and even one or two we were unaware of.
What this show has done well right off the bat, is keep Loki as a character who we still love, despite this Loki not being the same well-rounded, and more heroic character we are used to. This Loki is still a formidable villain, but hasn’t been through any of the events that make him a deeper character, such as the one we see in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). This is a very smart way to essentially wipe Loki’s slate clean and more or less start anew with the character.
While he never really shows it, we all still know Loki to have emotions and does indeed love his mother, father, and brother Thor. In the first episode of Loki, we see him really dig into his emotions and actually reveal to Mobius why he causes such pain and destruction, despite the suggestion that Loki exists to cause such sorrow so that others, like the Avengers, can be the best versions of themselves.
In the trailer for the show, we are shown Loki jumping out of a plane and being caught by the Bifrost. In this episode, we see a brilliant scene in which Loki, dressed in a black suit and with impeccable manners, tells the stewardess on the flight after giving her a note that she should “... look at the note, I have a bomb.” These were the exact words infamous criminal D.B Cooper said to a flight attended moments before disappearing.
From this scene alone, it is clear that those working on Loki have done their research and will pack immense detail into not just every episode, but every single scene and every conversation, suggesting that this show will definitely be one to contend with.
While this episode took place more or less within the walls of the TVA, it was a fantastic introduction into what the rest of the series may be like. Loki is the perfect character to focus on for his own show, mainly due to Hiddleston’s excellent portrayal of the God of Mischief, and since Loki has been on the side-lines for much of his MCU life, and has never really been the focus.
Loki is, thankfully, still the same egotistical, powerful, snide character we’re used to, and it will certainly be interesting to see this version of Loki develop throughout the series, and see how different he will be to the version of Loki that remained in the original timeline.
Loki’s first episode gave us so much detail and focus, leaving zero confusion in its wake. Going forward with this series, we definitely have a decent chunk of information to carry with us into next week’s episode (June 16th).
The first episode of Loki was brilliant, to say the least. We got a decent re-cap, a very good explanation of what and who the TVA are, and we see Loki in the spotlight, something MCU fans have been dying to watch for years. This series is already set up to be incredibly intriguing, and we can’t wait for the next instalment.
Check out the trailer for Loki below!
Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal
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