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“Loki” Revolutionizes The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Actor Tom Hiddleston heads an all-star cast for the Disney + streaming series “Loki,” which follows the adventures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Norse God of Mischief, as he is forced to confront alternate timelines and his own flaws. The series is available for streaming to Disney + subscribers.

Angela Huang, Reporter

     Much to the excitement of Marvel Cinematic Universe lovers, fan-favorite villain extraordinaire, Loki, has at last, gotten his own show. The newest wave of MCU media seem to explore the intricacies of the Multiverse and alternate timelines, “Loki” is no exception. The events of “Loki” first transpire during the events of “The Avengers (2012),” the first episode follows the fate of the god of mischief as he accidentally stumbles upon the existence of the Time Variance Authority. The show brilliantly ties in the events of “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” along with the broader consensus of how significant the T.V.A. truly is to the canon. In a scene where Loki interrogates an office worker at the T.V.A., he discovers that the ‘Infinity Stones’, the cause behind the vanishing of half the universe as seen in previous movies, are used as paperweights by the T.V.A personnel. The show is comprised of a mixture of serious themes plot-wise while still maintaining a humorous disposition. The introduction of ‘variants’ along with parallel universes pose a multitude of questions regarding the MCU. as a whole.

     Tom Hiddleston, as always, perfectly portrays the character of Loki to a T. His fundamental acting embodies riddled insecurity masked under unbridled arrogance. In addition, the audience get to watch as the jeering banter between the two partners, Mobius and Loki, eventually evolves into a tenacious friendship. The role of Mobius is filled by co-star Owen Wilson, famously known for his work in “Night at the Museum” and more recently, “The French Dispatch.” The interactions between the two are masterfully done, progressively building up the trust between the two before the crucial moment where Loki has to convince Mobius of something unbelievable. 

     Another increment in the MCU. that fans did not expect was the romance between Loki and Loki? To be specific, the introductions of the multiverse, allowed for the possibility of variants of the same character. While seemingly self-centered that Loki would fall for himself, the reason the relationship between Sylvie and Loki works so well is because of the way they are. As the saying goes, “It takes one to know one.” Not to say that they are entirely the same, but they have both experienced the resentment and hatred of being a ‘Loki’ which allows them to connect on a deeper level. The story of Loki and Sylvie is a tragic one, in the end, even when they thought they understood each other when the chips were down, both of them ended up heartbroken. The ending is left ambiguous where, yes, they defeat the main villain of the show, but at what cost? The show ends on a cynical note with the camera panning out to show the imposing statue of Kang the Conqueror.

     The underappreciated hero, Comic Loki, was one of the most unexpected cameos to appear in the show. The MCU. originated from “Marvel Comics,” but it is to be expected that their canons have deviated long ago. The cameo of Comic Loki as well as the countless other variants envail the possibility of canon crossovers that MCU. fans had, for the most part, long since gave up on. This topic is likely to be touched upon in further renditions as the show itself gave a bare-bones dive into the endless possibilities that could arise from this information. The head writer for the show, Michael Waldren, who coincidentally, happened to have worked on another show, “Rick and Morty” is working on the upcoming Doctor Strange feature. This is one thing to occupy the minds of fans as they eagerly await Season Two of “Loki.”

     “Loki” can be viewed by subscribers on the Disney + streaming service.