For those living in an alternate reality, Loki adopted brother to Asgardian God of Thunder Thor — is a central character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. The irrepressible God of Mischief is portrayed by the British-born, classically trained actor Tom Hiddleston.
The Loki series takes place immediately after events in the Marvel-verse’s “Avengers: Endgame.” It is filled with stylized and creative references to comic book stories rather than the MCU’s blockbuster gloss – a refreshing twist on the franchise.
The plot is a bit circuitous, as are most stories involving time.
The Prince of Asgard, Odinson, has been unceremoniously and unsympathetically caught by the Time Authority, for crimes against the Timeline. Frustrated, with no immediate means of escape, he reverts to the Loki of old — a selfish God with nothing to lose.
The Norse deity quickly realizes that his one chance at freedom and redemption lies with Mobius –played by Owen Wilson. Unpredictably villainous, Loki exhibits rare moments of affection and self-realization.
Mobius’ mysterious need for Loki’s help forms the series’ foundation giving Hiddleston and Wilson time to develop an irascible, snarky repartee which is thoroughly entertaining. The apparent chemistry and skilled, fast-paced banter between the two stars is sure to be a quintessential component of the series’ appeal.
Loki’s step-wise evolution from mercurial villain to reluctant anti-hero is relatively predictable. But this imaginative series directed by Kate Herron, is full of potential. And with a Season Two already green-lighted, fans will have plenty of time to learn to appreciate the God of Lies’ narcissistic side.
Loki is highly recommended. Season 1 of Loki is currently streaming on Disney+, with new episodes streaming weekly.
Purple Monster Rating (5/5):