Loki Review: Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson starrer is mischievously charming and unlike other MCU offerings
Creator – Michael Waldron
Director – Kate Herron
Cast – Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku
For a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fan, Loki starring Tom Hiddleston is perhaps the most unique offering. After having delivered global success with 23 movies already, Marvel Studios has put the spotlight on their underrated character with their streaming series starting with Wanda Vision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The third series focuses on the God of Mischief aka Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston). The first episode of the show has premiered on Disney Hotstar and if watching years of MCU content has taught you anything, it is to patiently wait for the next big twist.
Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston, is not your quintessential MCU streaming series, it is much more than that. The series has a lot of time travel math at the beginning itself, so pay attention, for you might not want to miss any detail. Loki puts the spotlight on one of the most mischievous and enigmatic characters of MCU, who starts of as the villain, the anti-hero slowly progresses to become slightly more mature. Loki had always been a complex character, to begin with, and the series now using every aspect of his personality to build a crime-thriller with him in the spotlight.
Last we saw Loki was when in Avengers: The Endgame when Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Captain America travel back in time to 2012 to collect the Space Stone from Loki’s Tesseract. One can remember that Loki had escaped with the Tesseract while he was being taken for imprisonment for his role in the Battle of New York. Well, Loki, the series takes it forward from there where Loki escapes only to be arrested by the Time Variance Authority. Apparently, Loki’s action was against the ‘sacred timeline’, and hence TVA in charge of defending any such mischief arrest him to be punished.
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You must remember that the Loki Variant we are dealing with is from the pre–Thor: Ragnarok Loki who is still obsessed with ruling the earth and with questionable morality. Here, we see Loki in a completely different light. There is no Asgard to save or win, no complex relationship, the world has changed and moreover, his magic and powers are rendered useless. His strength, however, remains his witty mind. And, that exactly forms the plot for the series where we come to know that various variants of Loki have been out there and he needs to help TVA arrest them in order to set the timeline in the right order. This is exactly what makes Loki exciting and refreshing. He is joined by TVA agent Mobius M Mobius (Owen Wilson) who wants to use Loki’s razor-sharp mind for the task.
Tom Hiddleston is astounding and charming as ever. Unlike previous films, Tom has a lot more to do in terms of character building and performance. You feel empathetic towards him even as he charms his way through the entitlement act. He finds his right match in Owen Wilson as Mobius. Their onscreen camaraderie will make you root for their upcoming bromance, almost immediately. It is important to see that Loki here is not a hero or an anti-hero. He is complex as ever and that is what makes this journey exciting. Loki variant (as he is referred to) will probably meet a different version of himself in a different universe, as per fans theory.
Loki is a total of 6 episode series, each episode releasing on Wednesdays.
Watch the show premiering on 9th June in English on Disney+ Hotstar Premium and in Hindi on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.