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The ‘Loki’ Premiere Recap: Time Is Not on His Side

Near the end of the Loki series premiere, the show’s titular God of Mischief is plotting his escape from the Time Variance Authority as he searches for the Tesseract, the powerful tool he used to bring an alien invasion to Earth and evade eventual imprisonment on Asgard (inadvertently breaking off into a new timeline in the process). Surely it could help him escape his new captors at the TVA, too.
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‘Loki’ Might Have Just Given the MCU a Way to Resurrect Black Widow

(This article definitely has some spoilers for the “Loki” premiere on Disney+) The fun thing about “Loki” being a show that plays with timelines and starts to crack open the multiverse is that it allows for the introduction of some exciting characters — and the return of some others. The multiverse has already given us alternate versions of two dead characters — Loki (Tom Hiddleston) here, obviously, and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in “Avengers: Endgame.” And it could, maybe, also be laying the groundwork for the return of the Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson).
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Review: Our favorite trickster god is charismatic as ever in Loki premiere

It's hard to write a killer TV pilot that compels viewers to come back for more. You have to establish a fictional world, introduce the main characters and core premise, and set up a compelling trigger for the subsequent chain of events—all without making things seem frenetic or incoherent and without employing labored explanatory riffs. That's true even in the case of a well-established fictional universe like the MCU. Fortunately, the first episode of Loki, Marvel's new series reviving Tom Hiddleston's beloved Asgardian trickster god, mostly gets it right—even if it does occasionally lapse into lecturing narrator mode ("talky, talky").
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‘Loki’ Series Premiere Instant Reactions

The wait is over—Loki is finally here! Charles and Van share their instant thoughts and reactions to the epic season premiere (04:48). They also talk about some of the newest MCU characters the show introduces and how well it can carry the story over the rest of the season (25:58).
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Loki has introduced a new supreme power to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

(The following contains spoilers for the premiere episode of Disney+’s Loki. Go watch that before you read this.) Early in the first episode of Disney+’s Loki, the eponymous God Of Mischief is apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, a comically bureaucratic organization that has been tasked with maintaining “the Sacred Timeline” by a triumvirate of space gods called the Time Keepers (not to be confused with the DC Comics organization of the same name, which does the same thing, as seen in season one of Legends Of Tomorrow on The CW). The TVA is after Loki because, as seen in Avengers: Endgame, he stole the Tesseract and escaped from custody when the Avengers went back in time to collect the Infinity Stones, changing history and thereby disrupting the all-important Sacred Timeline. Naturally, Loki aggressively objects to being told there’s a seemingly omniscient organization that not only knows everything that happens everywhere, but also uses its power to maintain one supposedly correct timeline where he happens to lose all the time. He spends the majority of the episode either arguing with or trying to escape from the various TVA employees he meets, including Owen Wilson’s delightful Agent Mobius.
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The key Loki variants who’ve run amok across the Marvel universe

If you buy something from a Polygon link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. A show about a villain has to have it’s own villain, and in the final moments of the first episode of Loki on Disney Plus, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe show revealed the antagonist who will oppose Loki, who is on the run from his proper timeline.
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Inside Marvel’s ‘Loki’: Sorcery, Time Travel, and a Mystery Villain!

For a roughly 3,000-year-old god, Loki sure isn’t showing his age. In the trippy six-episode Disney+ series that bears his name, he’s full of his usual maniacal vigor and charm, and no wonder: This time, Tom Hiddleston’s god of mischief — first introduced in 2011’s big-screen Thor as the troublemaker, shapeshifting brother of Chris Hemsworth’s god of thunder — takes center stage.
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'Loki' makes a new kind of mischief as Marvel's latest 'variant' for Disney+

(CNN) — The slow wind-up has characterized all three of Marvel's Disney+ series, but the pacing feels particularly sluggish — and the endgame, pardon the expression, elusive — watching the first two episodes of "Loki." Seeing Tom Hiddleston reprise his role as the suave Thor villain certainly has its charms, but thus far the god of mischief hasn't taken the shape of a wholly compelling concept.
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Why is Loki’s Last Name Laufeyson?

Loki on Disney+ kicks off with our titular anti-hero landing himself straight in TVA jail. Almost as soon as the Loki (Tom Hiddleston) we meet in Avengers: Endgame goofs up the timeline by using the Tesseract to escape to what appears to be Ghenghis Khan’s Mongolia, the Time Variance Authority apprehends him for crimes against the sacred timeline. Loki is told that he is a variant of Loki Laufeyson and — wait a minute? Is that really Loki’s last name? Loki Laufeyson?!?
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‘Loki’ on Disney+ is playing with multiverses — why that’s a slippery slope

Blame it on the multiverse. The idea that multiple, parallel universes exist simultaneously isn’t new to comics, but it’s now creeping over superhero films and TV shows like kudzu. The latest is Marvel Studios’ “Loki.” The Disney+ series, streaming Wednesday, finds a parallel-universe version of the trickster (Tom Hiddleston) traveling...
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‘Loki’ has a huge reference to ‘Doctor Strange 2.’ Here’s what you may have missed

Does “Loki” have any connections to the “Doctor Strange” sequel?. “Loki” is the new Disney+ Marvel show that picks up right after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” In that film, the 2012 version of Loki steals the Tesseract and disappears to parts unknown. We find him in Mongolia at the start of “Loki,” where he is arrested by the Time Variance Authority.
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Why Does LOKI’s Miss Minutes Look So Familiar?

The first episode of Loki has lots to enjoy. Philosophical conversations, Easter eggs, eclectic characters, and of course the joys of Tom Hiddleston. One of the standout moments, though, is the introduction of Miss Minutes. Fans had already seen the anthropomorphic animated clock in a teaser, but her role in the show is far more in-depth. Not only does she introduce some very important exposition, but she does it in a delightfully stylish and vintage animated fashion. That led us to wonder why the TVA’s propaganda felt so familiar. Thanks to lots of research, we think we have an answer that might surprise you.
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Everything we know about Marvel's bonkers-looking 'Loki' series

It's been nearly two years since the last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, hit theaters. But as fans anxiously await the July 9 debut of the long-delayed Black Widow, Disney+ has kept the superhero train going with its comic-focused series. And next week, fans will get a big infusion of MCU hijinks with the debut of Loki.