It’s almost criminal that fans have waited so long for Tom Hiddleston’s Loki to land his own stand-alone moment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A fan favorite since day one, Loki has also been the worst and most personable villain within the franchise – and his mischievous side adds weight to his constant need to keep up with his brother Thor.
Luckily we finally got it and the wait was more than worth it.
Loki starts seconds after we quit Avengers: Endgame, with the god – the 2012 version of him – picking up the Tesseract and zapping himself out of the Avengers’ grips.
Unfortunately for him, he didn’t get very far – barely an hour before the Time Variance Authority found and arrested him.
Arrested for breaking the secured timeline by time travel (causing Loki to ask the obvious question, “Uh … what about the Avengers then ?!”), the TVA is there to correct it.
Instead of killing him, Loki finds an ally in Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson), an overly curious officer with an offer.
Help him track down a refugee and he can go.
The Loki in this series is old school Loki. As a result, character growth will be completely erased over the course of the MCU. He is in anger and agrees to be anger.
While Loki’s mouth says yes, of course his brain says no. Soon he forges ideas how he can solve his task … after all, he is the god of mischief.
Wilson and Hiddleston are a rather strange couple as Loki and Mobius, and it’s insanely juicy to watch one tease the other.
Known for its super chill, surf, and sofa selling energy, Wilson’s Mobius effectively disarms Hiddleston’s Loki – who’s as excited as a corkscrew that he’s desperate for any kind of reaction.
But Mobius’ interest in Loki could give the beloved MCU villain a hard blow to his senses – all while traveling in time and space.
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In addition to the two main actors, there is an outstanding back-up cast who brings just as much energy into the boring TVA office space.
A personal favorite is The Good Place’s Eugene Cordero, who plays an office lackey who can’t be instantly connected to.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw played TVA’s poker face judge Ravonna Renslayer and longed for something to go wrong with Mobius’ plan.
Then there’s Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), a violent TVA enforcer who makes Thor Ragnarok’s topaz, the grandmaster’s sidekick, look like a fluffy bunny.
At the time of review, only two episodes were available – but they both pack a punch.
Is Loki Worth the Watch?
Loki is just as much fun as you’d expect, and maybe a lot more.
But what else would you expect from the god of mischief?
Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson are the double act we never knew we needed.
In the two episodes seen alone, they create something that will set the MCU as a whole on fire.
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The result is a perfect blend of Marvel lore and crime fiction about time and space.
Loki is likely what Doctor Who would look like if thrown into this superhero world.
We can’t wait to see what happens next.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Loki launches on Disney Plus on June 9th.
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