Loki is back at the TVA on a mission to try to stop whichever variants of Kang are coming following Sylvie’s decision to prune He Who Remains in the season two premiere of the Disney+ Original Series, “Loki.” Loki is time slipping and that gives him a chance to save himself and Mobius before both are destroyed with the help of OB. Meanwhile the members of the TVA are having an existential crisis after learning they are all variants and must decide what they are going to do moving forward despite the order to stop pruning the timelines.
While no version of Kang actually appears in this episode, his presence is hanging over the series. From the massive statue that Loki accidentally damages while running away from TVA agents to the hidden mural behind the wall in the TVA conference room, this series lets it be known that some version of Kang is coming to wreak havoc on the TVA. Whether it will be Kang the Conqueror from “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” Victor Timely from the end credit scene of that same film or one of the many other version of Kang, the big bad of the multiverse saga has a major role in “Loki” season two.
The chemistry between Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson and Ke Huy Quan carries this entire episode. It was great to see Loki and Mobius back together but their interaction with OB, either together or separately, made this episode for me. While I wish we would’ve gotten more Sylvie than just her presence in an Oklahoma McDonald’s and the elevator scene, Loki, Mobius and OB made up for the lack of Sylvie. It’ll work that way for one episode, but we need more Sylvie going forward and we’re going to get it.
It’s impossible to talk about the MCU right now without discussing the legal issues surrounding Jonathan Majors. Right now, his case has not gone to trial, so he is still innocent in a court of law. I think Marvel made the right move by not using him for promotion (before the SAG-AFTRA strike) but also not cutting him loose. If his story is correct and he did nothing wrong, then they can move forward with him as Kang. If the original accusations are correct and he’s found guilty, then Marvel can recast. Despite the fact we saw thousands of Kangs in a stadium in the most recent “Ant-Man” film, it’s still a character that can take on any appearance, so it will be easy to recast if it comes to that. I’m just glad they didn’t rush to judgment like in the Johnny Depp situation. Let the legal issues play out and then see how you need to move forward.
This is the first Marvel and Disney+ Original Series to get a second season but that makes sense given the properties we saw. Both “WandaVision” and “Falcon and the Winter Solider” were building up other future properties. “Hawkeye” was wrapping up Clint Barton’s story. And the series released in 2022 and 2023 wouldn’t be far enough along in production if they had second seasons to premiere right now anyway. “Loki” was the obvious choice because it was building on an established character while also building its own property.
Rating: 4 stars
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