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Of all the Marvel series announced by Disney, I’ve been most excited for the ‘Loki’ series. Loki has been my favorite Marvel character for many, many, years and I love the idea of a show both exploring his character and allowing him to be as mischievous as he’s capable of being. Thus far I have pretty high hopes. ‘WandaVision’ was really good and I’ve never not enjoyed watching Tom Hiddleston play Loki. However, as of right now I have mixed feelings about ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’, and with it already halfway through the series without expanding much on its plot, I’m not confident it can pull itself up to where I hoped it would be. That would leave Marvel with a shakier track record with its Disney+ shows than I initially anticipated. In other words, I don’t want to be disappointed. This new trailer has kept me hopeful, but I’m trying not to get too excited. I’m mostly failing. Anyway, let’s get into this!
Loki’s Outfit: The trailer opens with Loki getting dragged into what we know is the headquarters of TVA, the Time Variance Authority. This is the last time in the trailer we get to see Loki in his signature armor, specifically the armor he dons in ‘Avengers’. What’s interesting about this, though, is that we know that Loki used the Tesseract to escape while still in that armor, but his hair was also still long. From his very first appearance in all of the trailers so far he’s been sporting shorter, curlier, hair. When did Loki stop to get a hair cut?
Prisoner Loki: The next shot we see of Loki, he’s wearing his TVA prison uniform and what looks like a shock collar. He gives a very in-character snarky remark about the TVA at what appears to be his trial, and then we see him in an empty room with a pretty lengthy line set up. He isn’t alone, either. There’s at least one other prisoner with him while he’s looking around. It’ll be interesting to see how much of the other prisoners the show will show us. Then Loki talks a bit with Owen Wilson. I’m still not sure about how well he’ll mash up with Loki but I haven’t hated him in any of the trailers so far. Afterwards, he gets sent down to a hilariously out-of-date office compared to the futuristic look of the rest of the TVA, to sign off on everything he’s ever said. Oof.
TVA: Here we get to hear more about the TVA and what exactly they do. They protect the flow of time and ensure that it carries on the way it’s supposed to. This includes the flow of time in alternate universes. Owen Wilson, or Mobius, tells Loki that the moment he stole the Tesseract and escaped, he messed up the time flow of his universe. TVA decides that he should clean up his own mess. When Loki asks why he’s being recruited, his only response is that Mobius needs his “unique Loki perspective”. So obviously there’s something Mobius isn’t sharing with Loki.
Time/Universe Hopping: From there we get to see Loki start moving from different time period to alternate universe in casual clothing (Weird). At first Mobius doesn’t allow him weapons, but a scene later Loki dons his knives. If I were to guess, I’d say Loki didn’t get permission to use those. Throughout the alternate universe shots we get to see Loki in Asgard’s throne room from the first ‘Thor’ movie. We also see the scene where Loki dons his presidential candidate outfit from the comics, an airplane scene where we see him in an old fashioned uniform with his hair slicked back in an extremely Tom Hiddleston look, several scenes of him alone in a purple barren wasteland, a shot of him sitting with what looks like Lady Loki, some fight scenes inside of the TVA, and, last but not least, a scene where Loki stands in front of a chaotic mess with his arms outstretched while Mobius looks on. Of all of these things I’m most interested in the figure that appeared to be Lady Loki. Lady Loki is already confirmed for the series. It’ll be interesting to see how many versions of himself Loki encounters.
Loki’s Relationship With the TVA: When Loki is wearing his prisoner uniform, he has the word “variant” on the back. As the trailer goes on, we hear others refer to him as the “Loki variant”. This looks to be a big deal and it makes me wonder just how far they’re going to dive into the differences between this Loki and the Loki who died. Later on we see Mobius expresses his confidence in Loki to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a head of TVA who may be more sinister than she appears if the trailer is any indication. Loki, though, is unwilling to be manipulated by Mobius. He even seems to be attempting to rebel against TVA, which will add another interesting layer. He does try to paint himself as trustworthy to Mobius, but Mobius has done enough research to know that he isn’t very trustworthy. Despite Loki’s stabby past, he looks as though he’ll try to work with Mobius. He even puts on the TVA jacket we see him in for most of the trailer. Knowing him, that’s probably a trick too.
That’s it for this trailer! It looks like this series is already set for a season 2. Unlike the other Marvel series we’ve gotten so far, this series has more to do than what only six episodes can provide. I’m excited to see how this first season goes and how they’ll set up more to come. I’m especially excited to see how this will effect the MCU as a whole. Even if they decide to keep this story separate from the MCU’s next phase, I’m just happy that Loki’s back.
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