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‘Loki’ review | The second episode is a roller coaster of expectations




If you haven’t watched Loki’s second episode, then don’t read this article to avoid spoilers.

Last Wednesday, Marvel released its most “standard” pilot episode yet. He introduced the issue of TVA and its function very well, but also left open the morality (or lack thereof) that the agency exerts on countless lives in the Multiverse. Create a certain mistrust of their real motivation. They are good? Are they bad? Well, the second episode takes that premise to play with that uncertainty, but it also brings some new twists and turns, leaving the future open.

On this question of uncertainties, the series already makes it clear that no one is trustworthy in the opening scene of this episode. A sequel is shown of “Loki’s Evil Variant” attacking a TVA Slayer at a medieval fair in the 1980s. The soundtrack as she performs the attack is Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero”, which portrays the perfect hero. This irony is very interesting, precisely because of the reveal at the end of the episode.

The so called “Loki Variante do Evil” is actually Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino). Or that’s what the show wants audiences to think. This is because she appears throughout the chapter manipulating the minds of several people, making her take care of their respective bodies. As seen in The Avengers (2012), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can even manipulate the minds of others, as long as he is in possession of the Mind Gem. In the series, the supposed Lady Loki does this very easily. In the comics, however, this ability is attributed to Sylvie Lushton, an overpowered creation of Loki who is able to wield magic and was once a member of the Young Avengers. But she’s a teenager and ends up taking the name Amora / Enchantress, an Asgardian witch who caused Thor a lot of trouble. And since she already existed before, when she finds out that a human is using her name, she comes back full of hatred to solve the problem. Either way, there is speculation Sylvie and Enchantor will appear on the show. It would therefore be interesting for the supposed Lady Loki to be an adult version of Sylvie and for the original Enchantress to come, later, to bring this story to light. It’s also possible that Lady Loki, Sylvie, and Enchantress are the same person and are simply trying to manipulate Loki to achieve their goals. The point is, the “bad guy,” who seemed to have a heroic mission to stop TVA from decimating the alternate timelines, took on a bit of a meaner look, so to speak, with this mysterious introduction.

But back to the ambiguity of TVA, which has been a law enforcement agency since the first episode, it’s quite curious how Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) deals with it. He tells Loki that he was created by the Keepers of Time and that he fulfills his role to please their creators, even if it means giving up certain desires, such as jet-skiing. In fact, he seems to have an enthralling fascination with the 1990s, which opens a window for theories. I mean, the MCU has already shown the Kree Empire the reconfiguration of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) memory, so she thought she was one of them. If TVA is confirmed to be a practically fascist business, what would stop timekeepers from simply kidnapping people from different eras and erasing their memories to make them think they were created at TVA? Another point that corroborates this is the professorial way Ms. Minutes expresses herself in Loki’s intro video, almost like brainwashing. Not to mention that Mobius himself talks about not questioning and just accepting his creation. So, it could be that Mobius is truly a kidnapped and “reconfigured” human from the 1990s who shows traces of his past life through his hobbies.

Now let’s come to the protagonist of the series. Loki is such a good character precisely because of what has been shown on the show so far. Repeatedly, he takes on the role of a scared, almost submissive child, to show himself – seemingly – in control of the situation in the next moment. He is wary of TVA’s true intention, especially after discovering that he could end up winning an audience with the Guardians and that he does not have access to documents on their history and relationship to the timeline. These dark deities who boast of intangible power are Loki’s target. He wants to deceive them. He wants to take his place as the master of time. If they really are. Loki uses Mobius and vice versa, but they seem to maintain the kind of friendship that is a lot of fun to watch. However, with this meeting of supposed Loki, he must lose some of the already meager trust that Mobius had with him. Unless, of course, he provides VAT information. Loki now almost assumes the role of mediator between TVA and the supposed Lady Loki. And it is very promising.

Finally, the actions of the supposed Lady Loki created true chaos in the Multiverse, creating new ramifications. Among them, it is pleasant to notice two. The first branch is in Lisbon, 1492. In the reality in which we live, it was that year, in Lisbon, that the navigator Christopher Columbus set out with his fleet to conquer America. If the series switches to an episode showing the aftermath of a world without the United States as we know it, it will be a very interesting episode, mainly because the main heroes of the MCU came from there. The other branch worth mentioning is that of Vormir in 2301. Vormir, for those who do not remember, is the planet where the Red Skull keeps the Soul Gem, and where Gamora died ( Zoe Saldana) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The series will probably jump there, which opens up several possibilities.
New episodes of Loki air on Disney + every Wednesday.

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