The first episode of Marvel’s Loki has arrived, and by now I’m certain lots of the hardcore Marvel followers have already seen it. So, I assumed we may dive in and speak about what the primary episode of the sequence delivered.
I personally beloved it and thought it was a terrific arrange, and I’m fairly pumped up about seeing how Loki’s journey continues. At the tip of the primary episode Loki lastly realizes he’s caught with the Time Variance Authority and is open to becoming a member of the crew. But, we nonetheless don’t know what his true motivations are. After all, that is the God of Mischief we’re speaking about.
Then Loki learns that that our Loki is not the one Loki variant operating round within the universe. Another model of him has been creating chaos within the timeline and in addition killing TVA brokers in varied eras and stealing their reset costs. The solely approach to catch a Loki is from the experience of a Loki.
This different Loki operating round traveled to each 1549 France and 1858 Oklahoma to attract brokers into traps. We don’t know why locations and years had been chosen. In actual life, in 1858 oil was found in Salina, Oklahoma, so it might make sense for somebody wanting to indicate up there to get in on that motion and get wealthy. In 1594 France, there’s a little bit child who suggests the Loki variant is the satan.
Anyway, the sequence picks up instantly after Loki’s escape in Avengers: Endgame. He doesn’t get very far. After teleporting to the Mongolian a part of the Gobi Desert, he’s picked up by the TVA, and Loki is not any match for them. He could also be a God, however that doesn’t matter with the TVA.
At one level he finds a bunch of Infinity Stones sitting in a desk drawer on the TVA, and we be taught there that the facility of the Infinity Stones are powerless. In reality, a few of the brokers use them as paper weights. I assume the explanation they’ve so lots of the Infinity Stones is as a result of they have been used to interrupt off from the Sacred Timeline a number of instances. It is form of unhappy to suppose that the Avengers risked their lives for these Infinity Stones, but right here they’re sitting in a desk drawer like they’re nothing.
There’s a terrific second within the first episode the place Mobius present Loki his unique MCU timeline, they one which we’ve all been watching. It’s right here that he see’s he’s accountable for the demise of his adoptive mom, Frigga. He additionally witnesses the ultimate moments of his adoptive father, Odin. Then there’s the purpose the place his future self makes peace with Thor. Finally, he sees his heroic demise at Thanos’s arms. It’s definitely so much to soak up.
The Time Variance Authority can also be defined to Loki in an amusing and informative tutorial video that reveals a bunch of rival timelines as soon as fought in “vast multiversal war” that almost destroyed actuality. Now, there’s a trio of Time-Keepers to maintain the “Sacred Timeline” in place.
It’s explained that anyone who steps off the predetermined path creates a “Nexus Event,” which is a branch in the timeline that could easily go out of control. When that happens, the TVA jumps in, arrests the offender, and sets the timeline back to its original path with reset charges.
At one level within the episode, Mobius asks Loki why he retains eager to make others undergo his will. As he solutions this question, he realizes that his pondering mirrors that of the Time-Keepers. Loki quotes Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” saying, “The first and most oppressive lie ever uttered was the song of freedom. For nearly every living thing, choice breeds shame and uncertainty and regret. There’s a fork in every road, yet the wrong path always taken.”
Loki sees that the Time-Keepers are essentially imposing their will on every living being, just like he wants to do, which makes him no better. The TVA also isn’t shy about showing off its totalitarian side. At one point a TVA guard straight-up murders a young man for failing to take a ticket, and then you’ve got poor Casey who has lived his “entire life behind a desk.”
Loki does bring up the Avengers and questions what they did when they traveled through time in Endgame. TVA Judge Ravonna Renslayer explains to him that what the Avengers did “was supposed to happen,” however Loki’s escape wasn’t. This is attention-grabbing as a result of Loki solely escaped because of the Avengers’ actions and there’s no manner he could not have identified his escape would harm the timeline. It’s not likely Loki’s fault. It looks like the Time-Keepers dropped the ball on that one.
One other thing that the episode reveals is that Loki was the actual D.B. Cooper in the MCU! I loved this fun little detail. In the real story, D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 flying between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle in 1971. He leaped from the plane with a parachute and $200,000 in ransom money, and he was never seen again. Loki explains that he did this after losing a bet with Thor, and was teleported back to Asgard after lumping out of the plane.
My question is, what sort of loopy wager ends with the loser hijacking a aircraft?!