Today July 14th marked the end of Loki season one on Disney+. After WandaVision, The Falcon & the Winter Solider and more recently Black Widow, Marvel Studios delivered another masterclass to its MCU. If you haven’t watched Loki yet, this may convince you to watch it…
A quick recap of the events
After Avengers’ time travel mission failed in New York, Loki finds himself escaping with the Tesseract, creating a new reality, different than the one we’ve been watching since 2012. Captured by TVA agents, Loki will quickly discovered that this so called Time Variance Authority is full of secrets and mysteries. Help by TVA agent Mobius M. Mobius, Sylvie Laufeydottir and as many Loki as you can imagine (even an alligator), they’ll have to go through space and time in order to discover TVA’s hidden secret.
So far the best one
After only 2 episodes I felt that this could be Marvel’s best content so far. Better than WandaVision or Falcon & The Winter Soldier, that were already excellent shows. However I wanted to wait for the end of the show to see if Loki was really that excellent and it appears it is. Both WandaVision and F&WS had defaults especially with the last episode that wasn’t as epic as expected regarding the quality of both shows. It seems like Loki erased the previous shows defaults in order to keep only the best part. The result is here : Loki is a creative, surprising and stunning show that confirms what MCU fans were expecting : the first 12 years of the MCU were only the iceberg’s visible part. Everything was great in Loki : the actors, the musics, the visual aspects, the plot, etc. Each episode was awesome and better than the previous one and all of them prepared us in the best way possible for the a stunning last episode that officially introduce the long waited multiverse into the MCU !
All time acting performance
Among the plenty of things that make Loki so great, acting is without a doubt one the biggest. Alongside a Tom Hiddleston who in my mind, delivered his best performance as Loki, Marvel got us a great cast ! Special guest Richard E. Grant gave us an amazing performance as the original Loki, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie is as great as Tom Hiddleston and we can’t forget about Owen Wilson who gave us a great interpretation of Mobius. Alongside them, Gugu Mbatha-Raw (as judge R. Rennslayer), Wunmi Mosaku (as Hunter B-15) and of course an amazing performance of Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, (who will potentially be MCU’s next villain) came to complete an excellent casting.
A visual success
The TVA, the void, Kang’s castle, Lamentis-1, etc. Loki made us travel through time and space, while introducing a variety of new places across this wide multiverse. So many differents places with a special visual identity for each one, Loki had the hard task to provide a visual show every week. From a 70s’-80s’ looking like TVA to a dark and mysterious Kang’s castle, going by a cyberpunk style Lamentis-1, we had a hell of a travel watching Loki and I personally enjoyed it a lot ! My favourite being the episode on Lamentis-1, that in my mind, is visually the most impressive episode with the shades of purple all allong the episode and the main city with a strong visual identity.
Opening the doors of the multiverse
During 12 years, the MCU mostly stay grounded to our planet, going through plots and stories that for the major parts, were highly earth related. Moreover, movies were often about technological and military stuff (the SHIELD, Iron Man, Ultron, Ant-Man, etc.). However the end of the Infinity Saga marked a turning point in the MCU as Marvel is now exploring magical stuff, space, an places all across the galaxy. We knew that the multiverse was coming, as movies like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame were partly mentionning it. With WandaVision and now Loki, we officially have the multiverse in the MCU, a multiverse we’ll see again in Spider-man: No way home and Doctor Strange: the Multiverse of Madness.
A final word about the show
Loki is really a great show. I’ve liked everything about it and it’s so far my favourite Marvel content in 2021. The show had the hard task to extend Loki’s story while introducing the TVA, the multiverse, new places and new characters who are pretty important for the future of the MCU. Within this show, Marvel gave us a new ending for Loki’s personal story, a new end that actually works as a new start for the god of mischief. Perfectly balancing between drama, sadness, humour and stunning visual scenes, Loki on Disney+ is a another success for Marvel Studios and regarding the end, I can’t wait to see where this is going in the future !