We know, we know, we keep saying this for every Marvel offering. And that’s partly because well, we are diehard Marvel fans and partly owing to the fact that apart from a few silly mistakes, there is hardly been a Marvel film, and now series, that has left us so supremely disappointed that we swore to renounce the franchise. And it is becoming harder and harder to criticize Marvel, especially when it keeps churning out exceptional projects like the Disney+ series Loki that recently debuted on the streaming platform.
Again, we know we basically said the same thing for WandaVision (though we were a little disappointed by how it ended) and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. But it is not our fault when Marvel Studios appears determined to not repeat the mistakes it committed the last time it tried to establish the Marvel series or the fact that of all the MCU characters we had been sorely missing, it was Loki that took the top rank.
Perhaps the biggest factor that works in favor of Loki, apart from the one that it stars Tom Hiddleston *heart skips a beat*, is the fact that it actually begins to explain the chaos we saw in Avengers: Endgame and what role it as well as the events in WandaVision will play in setting up the mayhem we are yet to witness in MCU Phase IV. Yep, in just one episode, not only did Loki return us our beloved God of Mischief but also set in motion the upcoming madness of the multiverse we will be seeing in Doctor Strange 2 and quite possibly, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Loki picks off exactly where we last saw Loki Laufeyson alive- during one of the time heists of the Avengers where Tony Stark and Captain America travelled to 2012, right after the events of The Avengers. They failed to get the Mind Stone and in the resulting drama, the captive Loki managed to disappear with the Tesseract. In the premiere episode of the Disney+ series, we see the Asgardian prince land in the Gobi desert and while he is trying to assert his dominance over the few villagers who fail to understand his language, armed guards of the Time Variance Authority pop up, give Loki a lesson in recognizing who is in charge, and leave with him as well as the Tesseract.
Now, all we can tell you about the TVA, without giving much of the plot away, is that it’s a place created to ensure that the original timeline remained the only one and intact. So when events like the Avengers ill-fate time heist allowed Loki to escape, a branch timeline was created that threatened to branch off into more different and contrasting timelines, thus comprising the disciplined flow of time. But there is more to the story than this and maybe it’s MCU’s history of creating shady organizations (S.H.I.E.L.D., S.W.O.R.D., etc), but there is something definitely off about the TVA and its weird employees.
As mentioned above, Loki’s premiere episode sets many chess pieces into motion, some expected, some rather shockingly unexpected, and we can’t wait to see how it ushers in the multiverse and possibly villains like Kang the Conqueror. As our favorite “puny god” once said, our saviour has finally arrived!