Marvel’s new Disney+ series Loki effectively reboots the comic book villain by picking up his story after he made a surprise escape during the Avengers: Endgame time travel heist that took us back to the events of The Avengers in 2012.
However, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, hasn’t made a clean getaway. Instead, he finds himself caught up in the hilariously mundane, bureaucratic world of the Time Variance Authority, an agency tasked with upholding “The Sacred Timeline.”
Suddenly, Loki gets a new perspective on life, a curious new power to covet, an unlikely partner to keep him in check, and a time-hopping criminal to chase.
The result is a complex, peculiar, sharp, and wryly hilarious time-traveling mystery that is nothing short of spectacular.
So, as a viewer, you are in for a treat. The early reviews for the show are outstanding. Here is a sampling:
Daniel Fienberg, THR:
“After two episodes, Loki is at a tipping point. Having set everything up to an exhausting degree, things could be lined up to get really entertaining — if not zany in a Rick and Morty way, perhaps fun in some of the timeline rupture-of-the-week ways The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow has enjoyed with a similar premise and much less seriousness.”
Richard Trenholm, CNET:
“All the time Loki chafes against the “sacred” path he’s supposed to be on. As a true agent of chaos, Loki is the perfect antihero to challenge questions of predetermination and free will. As a viewer you may have free will, but you may also find you absolutely have to keep watching this layered, inventive, enormously entertaining series.”
Liz Shannon Miller, Collider:
“Of all the surprises and twists introduced by this show, perhaps the most exciting is its deep investment in understanding its central character at his best and worst, asking some truly tough questions against the backdrop of a time travel lark. Loki was always one of the MCU’s greatest villains. But he’s just as compelling as the hero of his own story.”
Ben Travers, IndieWire:
“The MCU is fatalistic, and Loki’s purpose is to introduce the TVA, the Multiverse of Madness, or whatever glorious purpose Marvel needs. At least, that’s how it feels when you spend all your time playing with straws.”
David Opie, Digital Spy:
“No matter how stunning Loki is to look at (both as a show and a character), and no matter how charismatic Hiddleston is in the role, the first two episodes just don’t quite fulfil that “glorious purpose” we’ve come to expect from Loki. That doesn’t mean the remaining four episodes won’t kick things up a notch. There’s still a lot of potential to create something truly “glorious” here once things get going.”
Plus, when you get a billboard like this one, there is no way Loki could fail as a TV series.