Long awaited by MCU fans, Loki arrives this Wednesday, June 9 at Disney+.Critical.
With its platform, Disney offers a golden opportunity to explore the fate of some of its secondary characters. For Marvel, this strategy takes the form of multiple series derivatives that give themselves freedom compared to the House of Ideas films which are now heavily formatted. It’s already in this line that the WandaVision series is a part of it, which did a little heist last January on Disney+. If Falcon and Winter Soldiers offer us a return to a more classic formula, Loki promises to be a UFO in the idea house universe. But is the trip worth the effort?
In Endgame, Loki managed to escape the Avengers’ vigilance and fled with the Tesseract. But his escape turns things around and he quickly finds himself in the hands of TVA, Time Variation Authority. This interplanetary organization has only one goal: to protect the sacred Timeline and prevent temporal strife. Now a prisoner, Loki must join this organization and hunt down other variants, among the most dangerous.
Loki isn’t the most iconic character in the MCU, but he’s arguably the one who’s enjoyed the biggest evolution since his Thor debut. He is easily one of the most interesting protagonists in the idea house. Cold, manipulative and egocentric in the first work, he would quickly establish himself as an anti-hero until his arrival in Ragnorok. Thanks to Taika Waititi’s films, he’s managed to earn himself a place in fans’ hearts, so it’s no surprise that Disney chose to dedicate the series to him on its platform (even if that meant acknowledging him with a touring password).
If we fear that this twisted scenario, which consists of offering us an alternative Loki we love so much, could distort the path in which it is traversed, Michael Waldron and his team have accomplished the feat of deconstructing his soul and releasing it. ‘ operates from a new perspective. In the first episode, of the two that have been given to see, we discover another side of Thor’s adopted brother: between fragility and egocentricity. God shows himself in a new light, which makes it possible to rediscover the whole dichotomy, the duality of character.
This ambitious reread also takes on full meaning during the confrontation scene with Mobius, played by Owen Wilson. The actor, more accustomed to writers’ films and simple productions, took his first steps in the MCU and proved to us that no one can resist him, not even the density of the Marvel franchise. Seductive and engaging, the protagonist offers a fine counterbalance to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. The rest of the cast is equally interesting, starting with Wunmi Mosaku. The British actress who has featured herself in the series Lovecraft Country, shows us here the extent of her talent in her incarnation as a VAT agent.
While WandaVision is betting on mixing sitcom code with super heroic production code, Loki adopts another equally effective recipe. Halfway between The X-Files and Back to the Future, Marvel’s new production is based on a controlled plot that adopts investigative betting and time travel mechanics. While the first episode was mainly used to hang trains and to explain the VAT rules, the second chapter acquired dramatic intensity and already announced a large-scale spectacle.
For Marvel, this new intrigue is an opportunity to take a side street and break free from the machinations of the saga. It’s also the medium the studio has chosen for introducing the multiverse, which should be explored in Phase 4 on the big screen with Doctor Strange 2. More than just a simple hatch, the series aims to reinvent Marvel’s recipe and give us a glimpse of what the studio could have for us in the years to come.
Both in substance and form, Loki is a complete success. In addition, to include an image of the God of mischief adventure, the company attracts lovers of the genre. Kate Herron, who has directed several episodes of the series Daybreak and Sex Education, makes more than a compelling visual proposal here. The filmmakers plunge us into a VAT maze, which looks like a worn-out amusement park and has fun with a time travel premise. The series also plays with these temporal distortions to offer us wonderfully comedic moments, even if Tom Hiddleston’s talent for taking slaps is no doubt no stranger to him.
If the first two episodes were the milestone moments of intrigue to be held during this first season, Loki would have already benefited from strong arguments to establish himself as a series.The best Marvel on Disney+. Confusingly in some ways, it seems to be the fruit of a newfound freedom for creatives from the idea house who can now use small screens to expand universes they wouldn’t have spare time to explore for the cinema. . If the MCU is feeling the re-warming of a few years, Loki allows it to set the record straight and in line with what WandaVision has proposed. Could the future of the House of Ideas superheroes be on Disney+?