More Questions than Answers: Loki Episodes One and Two

Marvel explores the rules of time with their new show Loki, a Disney+ exclusive.


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Tom Hiddleston starring as Loki in the new show.

Three years ago, when going to theatres was normal, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe watched the character Loki die within the opening minutes of the movie Avengers: Infinity War, setting the tone and ending the character development that Loki had gone through. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Loki is back in the picture and with his own TV show that explores fate, determinism, time travel, and more. 

The show begins with Loki in the Avengers Tower and escaping with the tesseract. He ends up in the middle of Mongolia, and this is where the Time Variance Authority steps in to arrest Loki. Without getting into spoilers, the Time Variance Authority is a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space and monitors the timeline. When Loki stole the tesseract, that made him a Time Variant, hence why he’s arrested. As the episode moves along, Loki is given a choice that sets up the show. Will Loki help the Time Variance Authority, or will he cease to exist because he’s a time variant? 

Though it’s only the first two episodes, Marvel has me excited again. The world of the Time Variance Authority is incredibly intriguing, and the first episode shows you just how different it is. Being that it’s the first two episodes, there isn’t much to say, but the show sets up an entirely new world that is unfamiliar from anything else in the MCU. In the pilot episode, it almost felt like Loki is there not because he needs to be, but because he connects the audience to an unfamiliar world. The second episode picks up where the first episode left off, with both episodes seeming more focused on Loki and Mobius’ relationship rather than developing the plot too much. 

With time travel being so important to this series but so difficult to answer, it will be interesting to see how the show handles it in future episodes. The current explanation we’ve been given has a lot of holes in it and makes the whole concept of the TVA more confusing than anything, yet, we know the rules are subject to change, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on the horizon. For now, all we can do is wait and see how the show tackles time travel in future episodes.

I suspect it’ll only get crazier from here on out.”

— Patton Engel

These first two episodes star Tom Hiddleston as Loki, of course, and Owen Wilson as Mobius. The rest of the episode features smaller appearances from the everyday people inside the TVA’s world. Hiddleston is fantastic as Loki, as always, but Wilson’s character is the one to watch for. Marvel seems to have done it again in the casting department, with Wilson being the perfect counter to Hiddleston’s Loki. 

Overall, the episodes were fun. It’s great to see Hiddleston back as Loki in a prominent role, and the show introduces something fresh and fun to phase four of the MCU. I suspect it’ll only get crazier from here on out. 

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