Loki Episode 1: Blessed antiheroes and their stratagems. Marvel, both in vignettes and on screen, cannot be understood without its most unpredictable characters: from Magneto’s changing ethics to those infected with villainy like Venom or Ghost Rider, passing through the traumatized like the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, or Elektra, as well as the irreverent Deadpool, all of them have conquered readers and the public thanks to their comings and goings.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s very brother, has carved a huge hole in our hearts through fraternofilial squabbles and mop stabs. The Loki series has just landed on Disney + to open the doors to the marvel multiverse while it dupes us with the most malicious Loki, the one who stole the Tesseract from the avengers in Avengers: Endgame after the battle of New York.
Loki Episode 1: Introduction to Timeline
It is precisely there, in the city of skyscrapers in 2012, where the plot begins. The first minutes of Loki are simple contextualization, reminding us how, after a fit of anger from the Hulk for not fitting in the elevator, he inadvertently ‘delivered’ the Space gem to a recently arrested god of deception, who disappeared with the precious stone.
Where was the character going to end up? Now we already know that the Gobi desert, in Mongolia, where the Agency for Temporal Variation (AVT) is soon hunting him for transgressing such a Sacred Timeline. Goodbye to your glorious purpose of conquering the world.
The villain returns to delight us with a lot of physical comedy in these first minutes of the series, in which we see him as bravado as in The Avengers, ready to conquer the world but crushed (literally) by circumstances. In this case, for a special baton with which an AVT agent hits him in the face: he suffers the impact in slow motion, but he feels all the pain in real-time.
Variations and red tape
This Huntress and her soldiers, called Minuteros, restart the timeline that has corrupted Loki and take him to the facilities of the Agency for Temporal Variation. There are Skrulls swarming, kids threatening to privatize the business, goofy secretaries, robots who don’t understand premium Asgardian leather, adorable kitties, lots of paperwork to sign, and liquefied reflections on the soul. Ah! And several hatches that open under your feet. Pure space-time bureaucracy with which it is impossible not to feel identified and which makes the most of the most absurd comedy.
And, among more papers, photos of the temporary aura, turnstiles, and a certain ticket (take it or you will regret it), a cheerful little voice sneaks into the sequence, that of Miss Minutes, who welcomes the detainees before let them be tried for their crimes.
In an animated video, the adorable mascot tells us how this particular organization was born: long ago, there was a multiversal war with countless timelines fighting for supremacy that almost ended everything. Thus, the Guardians of Time emerged, reorganizing the multiverse into a single timeline, the Sacred Timeline, and bringing peace again.
When some people, called Variants, deviate from the path created by the Guardians, a nexus case is generated that could branch the timeline and cause another multiversal war. To prevent that from happening, the Guardians created the AVT, which is in charge of fixing the line and judging those who touch it, such as Loki.
“You can smell the two Tony Stark cologne”
The plot moves to the south of France, to the year 1549. In a church, agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) observes the lifeless bodies of several Minutes. This is the sixth time that week that a certain Variant has killed its agents. A child tells him that it was the devil who perpetrated the crimes, a devil with a fondness for giving candy. The boss then receives Loki’s report.
Meanwhile, this one appears before the judge Ravonna Lexus Renslayer of Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a fabulous sequence that has little (or a lot) of pantomime: the one to blame the avengers, who traveled in time “without a doubt in a desperate attempt to prevent my promotion to King God “, does not strain. It turns out that what they did had to happen, but Loki didn’t escape. And you can’t stop Stark for his smelly cologne, either. To top it all, the protagonist makes a fool of himself trying to use his powers, which do not work in the AVT.
After this humility cure, the court finds him guilty and condemns him to be reinitiated (or massacred). Luckily Mobius intervenes and manages to save him. The agent, whose specialty is pursuing especially dangerous Variants (Loki is a kitten), proposes to Thor’s brother that he collaborate with them while denying the existence of a free will and showing him images of his most notorious defeats, such as that of The Avengers.
The best thing about reviewing Loki’s life are the stages of his life that we did not know, like when, calling himself DB Cooper, he hijacked a plane bound for Seattle, all because he had lost a bet with Thor. For those who do not know, this fact actually occurred in 1971 and remains the only unsolved air hijacking in the United States as the author escaped by parachute with $ 200,000.
After this nod to a real event, Mobius shows Loki his greatest regret in the future that he still does not know: the death of his mother, which he caused by accident. “You were not born to be King, Loki, you were born to cause suffering and death so that others can achieve the best version of themselves,” says the agent in reference to the avengers.
Fish out of water
With Loki, you should never let your guard down, as Mobius learns the hard way when he leaves him for just a few seconds and he takes the opportunity to steal his Time Twist (an artifact with which you can rewind whoever wears the arrest collar) and flee. Thanks to that, we enjoy a fun interaction between the protagonist and Casey, the goofy secretary who doesn’t know what a fish is and who tells him that they use the Infinity Gems (“we have a lot”) as paperweights.
The power of that organization, where even the gems do not work, is unquestionable, so Loki decides to return to Mobius’s office and tearfully review his future: the death of his mother, the goodbye of Odin in Thor: Ragnarok, the conversation in the elevator with Thor in that same film (“I thought we would always fight side by side”) and even his death at the hands of Thanos. That is its glorious purpose.
It is then that Mobius’s hunter discovers him, although he manages to immobilize her, put her necklace on her and make her dizzy with Time Twist. When he finally meets again with the character of Wilson, he decides to confess his motivations: “I do not enjoy hurting people. I do it because I have to do it, I had to do it.” He explains that it is part of the illusion, the cruel trick devised by the weak to instill fear.
Loki Episode 1 Detail
Although Mobius cannot offer him salvation, he asks for help in stopping a fugitive Variant that is killing his Minutes. Why Loki? Because the Variant they are pursuing is himself. We moved to Salina, Oklahoma, in the year 1858, where a group of AVT agents arrived to solve a temporary variation. However, a hooded man drops a fire lamp, and the meadow they are in burns in a matter of seconds, killing the Minutes.
The first episode of Loki, despite being above all explanatory and laying the foundations for what is to come, works thanks to that humorous tone that suits Hiddleston so well (very much in line with the tone of the character in The Avengers), thus as for the fantastic presentation of the Agency for Temporal Variation, and allows a glimpse of the malicious and attractive intentions of fiction. Forget the Infinity Gems, which only serve as paperweights now that the multiverse arrives.
It is not an apotheosis or action-packed start, and yet it leaves you wanting more: to know more about that agency and its bureaucrats, about the Guardians of Time and the multiversal war that seems to be coming, and that final revelation, with Loki. hunting down Loki. This god deceives but never disappoints.