First, Vision. Then, Black Widow (even though it’s for a prequel, it still counts in our book). And now Marvel Studios has resurrected another casualty in the war against Thanos.
Like its last series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki is a six-hour feature, this time following the God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston, in top form again) after he’s been zapped into an alternate timeline by the Tesseract when the Avengers’ time-heist in Endgame went sideways.
Loki’s little stunt runs foul of the Time Variance Authority, which looks after the proper flow of time. Owen Wilson’s TVA agent Mobius M Mobius enlists the titular “variant” — someone who disrupts the flow of the “Sacred Timeline” — to capture a variant on the loose.
So far so 48 Hours (Hiddleston and Wilson have cracking chemistry), but by the third ep, it switches gear when Loki is paired with Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), a female Loki from another timeline. Using a stolen TemPad— the gizmo the TVA uses to navigate the multiverses — the fugitive duo hit the road searching for the meaning of identity, free will…and love. Awww.
Per the Marvel playbook, the series — directed by Kate Herron (Sex Education) — is pacey and packed with snappy wisecracks, Easter eggs and, yes, even emotions. Unlike the sombre WandaVision and FAWS, Loki is more comedic and idiosyncratic, with its design and tone reminiscent of the films of Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson.
Here, we revisit some of our favourite moments from the first season (yes, there’s going to be Season 2). So be warned: Spoilers abound! If you haven’t seen Loki, skip this and go read something else. Or, if you have nine minutes to spare, you can listen to Hiddleston’s Loki lecture (use your headphones and close your eyes).
Loki is now streaming on Disney+.