CRITICAL / REVIEWS SERIES: The first season of “Loki” has just concluded on Disney +. This third series of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) totally wowed fans. Focus on the solitary adventure of the God of Lies.
Loki : an ambitious proposal
Led by Michael Waldron, Loki is responsible for telling the new adventures of the character played by Tom Hiddleston. The latter escapes with the Cosmic Cube in Avengers: Endgame. An escape that attracts the attention of a rather particular organization: the VAT. This is responsible for controlling the temporal continuum and intercepting Variants. Variants are alternative representations from other realities or another timeline of already well-known characters. Thus, the Loki featured in the series is a Variant of the one that has accompanied us in the MCU since the first Thor.
Thus, the TVA intercepts the powerful Loki, who then becomes their consultant. Then, Loki meets another of his Variants: Sylvie. Mixture between Lady Loki and the Enchantress, this heroine embodied by Sophia Di Martino should logically return in the future in the MCU. Especially when we see the outcome of this first season. So, like WandaVision, series Loki is an ambitious proposal, which seeks to offer something other than the classic formula, sometimes applied lazily for more than twelve years now.
An exciting series
In six episodes, Loki has established itself as one of the flagship series of this year 2021. Under control, the show will have a strong impact on the rest of the MCU. Aesthetically, the series has practically nothing to envy to film productions. Michael Waldron offered superb artistic direction and awesome plastic that fits perfectly with the rest of the Marvel Universe.
One way for the firm to reassure its fans. The company proves that TV products are just as polished as feature films. What clashes compared to previous series like Agents of SHIELD who sometimes offered a little low-cost approach. In terms of rhythm and writing, the series has never lost sight of its primary purpose. The pundits of Marvel Studios had planned the coup well in advance, and registered Loki for a much bigger purpose, which concerns Kang, the multiverse, and the future films of the license.
Despite an episode 3 much weaker than the others, overall, the series Loki has a qualitatively impressive cruising speed. Each chapter provides some additional clues to the secrets behind VAT. Michael Waldron also offers a fairly effective ramp-up. A crescendo allowing to bring the spectators in the middle of a hallucinating outcome. After a thrilling penultimate episode, which featured many variants of Loki and the mighty Alioth, this first season’s grand conclusion is definitely worth it.
After traveling through time and space, Loki and Sylvie find themselves facing the big boss. The one who pulls all the strings. While Jonathan Majors, the man who plays Kang, had promised that he would not appear in Loki, he is nevertheless well of the game. The actor is revealed in the skin of this iconic antagonist in the very last episode of the series. One way for Marvel Studios to plan the rest of MCU Phase 4 around a new big villain: Kang the Conqueror. Even more complex than Thanos, this ambiguous character is the king of time travel. As in the show, he planned everything in advance, and knows the time continuum like the back of his hand. Which makes him a formidable opponent, which should be at the center of several films, notably Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
A devilishly effective show
Loki won over fans, thanks to precise tone, rhythm and writing. The character of Mobius, played by Owen Wilson also made an impression, and should, too, logically return in the rest of the MCU. In any case, the watchword of this Marvel Studios series is creativity. Michael Waldron sets up a totally crazy world, and stages a whole mythology from comics. Loki is growing in importance and power. He is expected to return to the MCU as a trained, intelligent, and far-sighted antihero.
Finally, the show, and Sylvie’s final action during her confrontation with Kang, are going to have a big impact on the rest of the MCU. Its irreparable action should logically be responsible for the events of Spider-Man: No Way …