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LOKI Brings the Mischievous Magic

The God of Mischief is back with the attention all on him — just as he’d like! Loki is the newest series on Disney+ that continues to build out the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), bringing back the iconic trickster in perfect form. Taking place right after his escape in Avengers: Endgame (2019), the first two episodes drive home the concept and deliver what I can confidentially say is my new favorite Marvel show, and it’ll probably be yours too.

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(L-R): Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

We last see Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Endgame, when the 2012 version gets his hands on the Tesseract, zapping himself elsewhere. This doesn’t bode well for the main timeline, so the Time Variance Authority (TVA) sets out to capture him and block any destruction his “time variant” could cause.

Soon after arriving, Loki meets Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), a TVA special agent who is investigating another, more dangerous variant. With the agency unsuccessful in capturing this variant, Mobius will rely on Loki’s expertise to stop it.

(L-R): Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Series creator and head writer Michael Waldron has truly developed something that feels so wonderfully seamless with the rest of the MCU, while carving out a unique space for Loki to thrive on his own; while exploring more of his identity. This will be extremely fun for fans, as comic book Loki has various iterations, personas, and powers.

And considering this show will be the first Marvel/Disney+ series to have multiple seasons (season two is already in the works), we’ll hopefully get to see a lot of that come to fruition.

Loki gives us a nice refresher of the titular character’s path, before setting up the overarching theme for the series. There’s an expansive world being created within the show and it’s building to something big. It sets up Phase Four’s multiverse focus even more, as we’ll soon see in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which Waldron also wrote.

(L-R): Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Stylistically, the show has a fun 70s aesthetic to the design of TVA’s headquarters; which is equally futuristic while feeling like a retro office. It gets even cooler when the series begins its time-traveling element between past, present, and timelines. This gives unlimited opportunities to play with various periods with different set pieces and locations; which so far director Kate Herron is capturing perfectly.

There’s a dynamic buddy-detective aspect to the show, with Hiddleston and Wilson bantering well off one another. It really allows for Loki, as a character, to play with his narcissistic desires and wavering loyalties. Remember, this is Loki circa 2012, before his redemption arcs in Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017). So we’re getting the more mischievous Loki, which causes lovely chaos — and it sure looks like Hiddleston, charming as ever, is having a blast with it.

Judge Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. 

Arguably the best Marvel character to grace the film franchise, Loki is such a creative way to bring him back after his devastating death. The first two episodes have so much to offer; from the technical, to performances, to the material. Being burdened with Loki’s glorious purpose is honestly, pretty fantastic.

Loki premieres on Disney+ on June 9th

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