The Series Premiere Episode Of Loki Starts Small But Introduces A Bigger Complex Universe
Most Marvel fans have already seen the opening minutes of the premiere episode of the Loki series on Disney+. That’s because the series begins with that moment in the middle act of Avengers: Endgame when the Hulk messes up Tony Stark’s plan to flee with the Tesseract, also known as the Space Stone. Instead, the vaguely cosmic cube slides over to Loki’s feet, and he picks it up and blinks out of the timeline. For any fans wondering about that particular branch of the timeline, we get an answer on who might have cleaned it up. (And it wasn’t Captain America.) No, it was like the Time Variance Authority, a multiversal police force whose power pales in comparison to anyone we’ve seen in the MCU yet. (Save for maybe Dormammu.)
Without getting into premiere episode spoilers, we know that Loki ends up involved with the TVA. Only how he gets to that point is the story of the episode. Again, we will not be divulging any spoilers here. So, if you’re just wondering if they stuck the landing on this series, I can say that they have. Like WandaVision, this series feels very different to the rest of the MCU, and it feels like this show will have a lot of the multiversal answers that fans were looking for in that series.
The Loki Series Premiere Episode Tells a Focused Story with a Massive Backdrop
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What struck me most about the premiere episode of the Loki series is how small the story is. The series premiere of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier opened up with a very big action set piece, as cinematic (and expensive) as anything in the films. The first Loki episode has maybe six sets/locations total. In fact, just like the trailer showed, much of the engine of this premiere is conversation. Or, as Owen Wilson’s awesome Mobius says in the Loki trailer, “Talky, talky.” Interestingly, Loki serves as the audience surrogate in this first episode, because much of it is dedicated to explaining the TVA and time variants to him. Of course, God of Mischief shenanigans ensue, but this mostly serves to help us establish which Loki we’re dealing with.
Most MCU fans have fallen in love with Tom Hiddleston’s character as he’s grown throughout the past ten years of Marvel films. Yet, the Loki we’re focused on in the series premiere episode is the one from the end of the first Avengers film. He’s still “burdened with glorious purpose,” and striving to reach the place he feels he deserves to be. Basically, this series allows Hiddleston and the storytellers to rewind the character to give him a new start while retaining many of the elements about him that we love.
The universe (or multiverse) revealed in this episode is massive, but the show’s focus keeps things narrow at first. Just as the realities of the TVA are a lot of Loki to take in, it’s a lot for the audience as well.
Loki debuts on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 on Disney+.
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