Loki Episode 1: First Thoughts

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The first episode of Marvel Studios’ latest series, Loki, released today on Disney+. You can check out my initial thoughts on the first episode below. Be warned – spoilers after the break!

If you thought Marvel’s WandaVision was mindboggling then Marvel’s Loki may just about outdo it! Episode 1 of Loki really sets the precedent for the series, with the episode bringing us up to speed with the character Loki as well as the mysterious Time Variance Authority (TVA).

Right at the beginning of the episode, we see an alternate version of Loki steal the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame and escape to the Gobi Desert, before being promptly apprehended by the TVA. He’s then taken to trial and spared a fate of death, courtesy of Mobius M. Mobius, played by Owen Wilson. It’s a little hard to get your head round at first with regards to which Loki we are following, but the episode does a good job at clarifying that this is in fact the Loki we’ve seen up until the events of Avengers Assemble.

Frankly it’s brilliant just to have Tom Hiddleston and Loki back on our screens at all! I think many fans of the character like myself, were a little saddened at the way in which his character was killed off in Avengers: Infinity War, so it’s fantastic the character gets another shot in his own series. Even from the first episode, you can spot so many of the classic Loki mannerisms and characteristics which make this character so entertaining, particularly his inexplicable control for power.

As this is the Loki we saw up until the end of Avengers Assemble, it will be interesting to see his character and personality develop across the series. By Avengers: Infinity War, the Loki we knew was completely different compared to the Loki of Avengers Assemble, so it will be interesting to see if the Loki we follow is of the same ilk. The episode did kind of bring this Loki up to speed with how his life plays out and you do get a sense of self-realisation from Loki by the end of the episode, but I hope the series doesn’t just brush away the fact that this is a much younger Loki than we have come accustom to in the recent movies.

Owen Wilson plays Mobius M. Mobius and like all characters Owen Wilson plays, there is already a huge likeability to his character. His character strikes me as a pragmatic, matter-of-fact detective and I can see his character teaming up with Loki as they travel through time to solve mysteries, in an almost good-cop bad-cop scenario. The theme of Mobius acting as almost a therapist for Loki was intriguing, as this is a theme which has been consistent in both WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

In the TVA video narrated by Miss Minutes (the cartoon mascot of the TVA), we learn all about time variants as well as the Timekeepers, a Multiverse war and Nexus events. The short TVA video holds potentially major clues to the future of the MCU, with the Multiverse gaining plenty of attention in recent MCU entities and the hint of another potential ‘Multiversal War’ could be a clue to Secret Wars, one of Marvel’s most popular comics. Secret Wars is a huge crossover event which ties directly into the concept of the multiverse, so this could definitely be a plausible endeavour within the MCU at a later date.

One of the best moments in the episode comes when Loki manages to escape captivity briefly and heads back to try reclaim the Tesseract from Casey, a TVA “office drone”. Not only do we hilariously learn that TVA office workers do not know what a fish is, we also learn that TVA have a whole host of Infinity Stones in the office, some of which are used as paperweights! Obviously, this provides for some great comic relief in the episode, but what’s more, it adds a bit of perspective in terms of how powerful the TVA actually are and how miniscule Loki is.

At the end of the episode we learn that the variant which is causing so much mischief and chaos to the TVA, is in fact Loki. Time will tell which variant of Loki this actually is, but given that the variant is visiting France in 1549 and Oklahoma in 1858, I suspect that this a variant of Loki we haven’t yet seen in the MCU.

Overall, I really enjoyed episode 1 of Loki! It had mystery, humour and plenty of promise for the remainder of the series. I’m looking forward to seeing how Loki’s character development plays out and if the series has any implications on the rest of the MCU.

Loki is available to stream on Disney+, with new episodes releasing every Wednesday.

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