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A Promising Start for Loki

Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson shine in the first episode of the highly-anticipated Disney Plus series Loki.

The highly-anticipated Marvel series Loki has finally been released on Disney Plus. The new series has promised to baffle audiences with a time-travel plot that will have major implications for future, upcoming Marvel films such as Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

There’s a bunch of complex things happening in the first episode of Loki, but as Owen Wilson’s character Mobius M. Mobius claims: “You’ll catch up.”

Audiences are going to have to catch up, and they’re going to have to catch up quickly because the last time we’ve seen this version of Loki was nearly a decade ago in The Avengers. After his failed attempt to invade Earth in 2012, the fan-favorite villain was captured by the Avengers. While preparing to be punished for his crimes against Earth, Loki quickly got a chance to escape when the the Tesseract suddenly falls into his hands.

Loki bolted with the Tesseract and created a conflicted new timeline in which he wouldn’t return to Asgard as a prisoner, wouldn’t experience the death of both his parents, and wouldn’t become allies with his brother, Thor. Most notably, he wouldn’t get killed by Thanos, and audiences are now getting to see what happened to this version of the character in the new Disney Plus series.

Overall, the first episode of Loki exceeds all expectations. Tom Hiddleston is incredible as the titular character, and his amazing performance will have audiences rooting more and more for the antihero throughout.

The entire episode is nearly flawless. It’s funny. It’s charming. It’s charismatic. The performances from Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson are spectacular, and are easily the best part of the episode, and the duo have incredible chemistry on-screen. Lastly, the exhilarating and booming score creates one of the most engaging TV episodes of all time.

The effort that went into building the world of the series is astonishing. The numerous details and easter eggs that are scattered throughout are enough to give audiences a headache, in the best way possible — TV screens, standard equipment, even simple filing cabinets are enough to pause the TV to check it out. It’s well worth the exploration.

Furthermore, the series is also incredibly ambitious, which is always a positive. For example, when Loki is captured by the Time Variance Authority for crimes against the main timeline and is pushed through the tedious system of answering for those crimes, audiences are treated to the comical yet unnerving process right along with the God of Mischief himself.

The TVA’s attempt to keep the main timeline in tack feels mundane and uneventful (in a comedic way), and the subtly of its corporate structure is perfect and hilarious. Fans will be able to feel Loki’s frustration knowing his fate might depend on a corporate technicality. The TVA feels like an exhaustively run office building, and Loki with all his tricks is, at best, viewed as an ongoing joke there. The TVA has seen it all. The past, the present, the future. Therefore, Loki is just another time-meddling Variant who the TVA needs to deal with. However, there’s still some hope for the titular character: perhaps he’s finally found something he can be a part of.

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