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Is Loki going to have a Season 2?

The streamer's Marvel Studios series Loki has been renewed for a second season, TVLine has learned. The announcement was made during the end credits with a stamped message that read, “Loki will return in Season 2.” TVLine'Loki' Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Plus

When is the last episode of Loki?

An Avengers: Endgame line teased the terrifying conclusion to the finale of Loki. With the sixth and final episode released on Wednesday (14 July), fans have been discovering which of their many theories have come to fruition – and are reacting rather excitedly. independent.co.ukLoki episode 6: The Avengers: Endgame line that teased ending of Marvel show’s finale

Who is Kang in Loki?

Who is Kang the Conqueror in the comics? In the comics, Kang is a time warlord who is a frequent Avengers foe. He was originally called Nathaniel Richards, a 31st century scholar and the descendant of Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards' dad Nathaniel, who was a time-traveller. insider.com'Loki' reveals Kang the Conqueror. What to know about Marvel's next villain

What does Loki Episode 6 mean?

In its final minutes, Loki Episode 6 sees Hiddleston's God of Mischief returned to the TVA. Desperate and fearful of the havoc that will come as a result of He Who Remains' death, he searches the TVA for Mobius (Owen Wilson). But when he finally finds his newfound ally, Mobius doesn't recognize him. Inverse'Loki' Episode 6 explained: Who is the villain in the 'Loki' finale? [Spoilers]

The decision was likely a no-brainer: Loki had the streaming service's most-watched premiere back in June when Disney+ shifted its release days for originals from Friday to Wednesday. Now, it has become the first Disney+ Marvel show to get a second season renewal. Meanwhile, the fate of WandaVision and The Falcon and Winter Soldier remains a lot less certain, despite the originals garnering 23 and five Emmy nominations, respectively.

Loki helped to establish some of the major narrative elements that will percolate through phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the multiple universes set to be explored in the upcoming movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

It's a good time to be a Marvel fan in general. Last week saw the release of Black Widow on Disney+ Premier Access and theaters, ending a two-year drought for Marvel movies. The action film raked in $60 million on the streaming service and over $215 million globally. Just days ago, Disney also revealed that Marvel's animated show What If...? would debut on Disney+ on August 11th.

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‘Loki’ Episode 6: 4 predictions and theories for the series finale

Deseret News 14 July, 2021 - 09:00am

Here’s what to expect when the ‘Loki’ finale airs tonight

Well, that was quick — the series finale of “Loki” is here, and we’re still as unsure about what’s going to happen as we were at the beginning of the show.

“Loki” has told the story of the 2012 version of Loki being captured by the Time Variance Authority, who oversees the Sacred Timeline by eliminating any variants. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has met the likes of Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson), Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) along the way as he has searched for answers on who is behind the TVA.

Now, Loki and Sylvie must enter into this unknown realm, where there’s a castle waiting for them. The leader of the TVA is supposedly inside that castle.

There are plenty of things that can happen in the upcoming “Loki” finale, so we’ve broken them down below. If you have more ideas, drop them in the comments below the article.

We will likely meet the ruler of the Time Variance Authority in the upcoming finale. But it’s unclear whether or not Marvel is pulling an “aerospace engineer” or not. For those unaware, the “aerospace engineer” was a frequently mentioned character in “WandaVision” who never showed up in the show, despite heavy hype. So that’s the real question — will the leader of the TVA be a fun twist that reshapes the order of the MCU? Or will it be a whimper of a reveal that tells us nothing?

There’s heavy speculation that the ruler of the TVA will turn out to be Kang the Conquerer. There are some other theories that the leader will be Loki’s mom, Frigga, too. One theory suggests Baron Mordo, from “Doctor Strange,” could be behind the madness, especially with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” set to be released next year.

Clearly, Marvel has plenty of fun options. Introducing Kang into the MCU would likely be our first glimpse at the new phase of Marvel’s big villain and totally reshape what we know about what’s next. Introducing older cast members — like Frigga or Mondo — are nice twists that can make sense, but they limit the expansiveness of the finale.

At the same time, “Loki” could be pulling a “Wizard of Oz” on us. Sylvie has often mentioned the phrase “man behind the curtain,” which is a reference to the non-powerful leader of Oz as seen in the “Wizard of Oz.” So could the same thing happen here? Is the TVA really being run by no one?

Just set yourself up for any possibility. Don’t embrace the hype too much, but don’t ignore it. Something really fun — or boring — could happen. So be prepared for both.

I would be shocked if we didn’t see Agent Mobius ride a Jet Ski by the end of the finale. We know he has always been fascinated by the aquatic vehicle. So it seems only right that “Loki” would provide a huge payoff and show us Mobius riding a Jet Ski. They can easily make it happen, too, by showing us flashbacks of Mobius’ life before he became a member of the TVA. Maybe he was a Jet Ski champion — or the inventor of the Jet Ski. Either way, it would be nice to see one of the most heartwarming characters of the show get their payoff.

It’s hard to determine where we will find Judge Renslayer by the end of this episode. We know she’s on the hunt for Loki and Sylvie, and we know she is going to face off with Agent Mobius when he returns to the TVA. But she still seems in search of answers about the TVA’s meaning and where it fits in the world. We’ll likely find out more about her background and what she knows about Mobius, Loki variants and more as the show comes to an end. She’s also a strong candidate as a post-credits scene character, setting up the next stage of the MCU.

It’s almost a guarantee that we will get some sort of post-credits scene from “Loki.” But the only question is — what will it set up next?

On one hand, the post-credits scene could lean into the show’s comedic root and play homage to a joke from throughout the show. Maybe this is where we see Agent Mobius on a Jet Ski, finally free of the TVA. Or maybe this is where we learn that the Alligator Loki has taken the throne at the end of time. A show full of comedy has limitless possibilities for what could happen.

But “Loki” has an opportunity to set up future Marvel films, especially ones that connect to this show. We’ve heard before that “Loki” and “WandaVision” directly connect to “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” — so a scene linking the series to the film could happen. It would almost be fitting to see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) show up in “Loki” since Loki was a central part of the original “Doctor Strange” mid-credits scene.

In all likelihood, we’ll see two scenes after the show ends — one in the mid-credits, one in the post-credits. The mid-credits scene may set us up for a future spinoff or payoff of a comedic moment in the show. But all the evidence is there that the post-credits scene will bring us closer to understanding where the new “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is going. So I’d expect something closer to that.

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Why Loki Is The Only One Who Can Be The Villain Of The Series

Screen Rant 14 July, 2021 - 09:00am

Fan theories point the finger at Kang the Conqueror, but the only true villain in Loki is the God of Mischief himself. Loki episode 4 changed everything with the Time-Keepers twist. In the episode, the Time Variance Authority brings Sophia Di Martino's Lady Loki and Tom Hiddleston's Loki before the all-knowing Time-Keepers for execution. However, the two Loki variants somehow manage to get free, and Lady Loki decapitates one of the time gods. It turns out the Time-Keepers are nothing but mindless robots, and someone else is pulling the strings at the TVA.

In Loki episode 5, Lady Loki sets out to stop the mysterious villain behind the TVA. Learning that Hiddleston's Loki was sent to a void at the end of time after being pruned by Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Ravonna Renslayer, Lady Loki prunes herself and reunites with her friend in the Void. There, the two Loki variants attempt to enchant Alioth, a cloud-like monster patrolling the Void, and they successfully pull it off thanks to Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) sacrificing himself. While enchanted, the monster reveals a hidden citadel outside of time that likely belongs to the person controlling the TVA.

Though there are other options, it seems the true villain of Loki is Loki. The Disney series has dropped several hints about Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a villain that's set to appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. From the mysterious citadel, which may belong to the castle-loving Kang, to Ravonna Renslayer, who's Kang's love interest in the comics, the series has planted enough evidence to suggest that Kang is behind everything at the TVA. But the God of Mischief is all about deception, and it seems these hints are a bit of trickery too. While there's a case for other villains, there's one person the series constantly comes back to: the God of Mischief himself.

At the end of the day, Loki is always his own worst enemy. The God of Mischief's selfishness and lust for power constantly put him in hot water in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Loki just takes that to the next level. Instead of Hiddleston's character shooting himself in the foot metaphorically, the series takes it literally, showing multiple Loki variants attacking each other in their endless quests for glorious purpose. With only one episode of Loki left in season 1 of the series, it wouldn't make much sense to include a new big bad at this point. But regardless of what happens, Loki is always the villain of his own story.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

'The Simpsons' Special Proves Again That Woke Corporate Isn't Funny

The Federalist 14 July, 2021 - 08:10am

“This is what happens when Disney buys Marvel and Fox,” read a painted sign held by Arnold Schwarzenegger parody Rainier Wolfcastle in the Disney Plus animated short “The Good, The Bart, and the Loki.”

If you couldn’t guess, the July 7 feature was a crossover event between Marvel Studios and The Simpsons, both subsidiary properties of the Disney Company. The six-minute animated feature was created to promote the new “Loki” series on the Disney Plus streaming service, and that’s exactly how it feels.

Springfield, your savior has arrived. Start streaming the short, @TheSimpsons: The Good, the Bart, and the #Loki now on #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/vLIHUXEq91

— Disney+ (@disneyplus) July 7, 2021

Like any other multimillion-dollar corporate ad, it is soulless and vapid.

Historically, very little has been off-limits for “The Simpsons’” showrunners. Part of what made the show special was its willingness to take risks. Much like Bart, the show relished in openly mocking the established order and thumbing its nose at anything that demanded respect. In the show’s seventh season, Homer even fistfights President George H.W. Bush.

“The Simpsons” even lampooned the numerous departments of Fox Studios and Disney in the show’s pre-woke days.

The classic Simpsons wit that enabled the series to last 34 seasons without breaking a sweat, however, was nowhere to be found throughout the short. The most daring quip cracked throughout the corporatist concoction was when Ralph Wiggum, as the Incredible Hulk, said he “ruined [his] pants in a brand new way.”

It might elicit a wry chuckle when the morbidly obese Comic Book Guy appears as the speedster Quick Silver when the Springfield Avengers come to give Loki his comeuppance, or maybe a groan of morbid humor when Homer asks Loki to turn Ned Flanders into a pork chop so he can subsequently cannibalize his pious neighbor. But that’s pretty much it.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. In 2019, they acquired 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion. With these acquisitions, Disney became the owner of some of the most lucrative and beloved intellectual property across the globe.

Following Disney’s 2012 purchase of Star Wars’ parent company Lucasfilms for $4 billion, Disney Plus premiered “The Force Awakens From Its Nap” earlier this year. It’s similar in concept to “The Good, The Bart, and The Loki” but it is actually enjoyable.

In brief, instead of dropping off her perennial toddler at The Ayn Rand School For Tots, Marge Simpson drops Maggie at Jabba’s Hut Jedi Preschool. Here a Jedi cafeteria worker makes PB&J sandwiches, naughty children take their timeouts by being frozen in carbonite, and R2-D2 earns his keep as a diaper genie.

There is not a single line of dialogue in this short, which adds to its charm. The viewer’s attention is drawn towards the numerous visual gags. In classic Star Wars fashion, the music contributes to the viewing experience, and the short’s climactic pacifier-lightsaber duel pokes fun at the inner fan in all of us that demands to see a Jedi battle in anything remotely affiliated with George Lucas.

On the other hand, “The Good, The Bart, and The Loki” delivers all of the fanservice — saturating the viewer in intellectual property — with none of the self-awareness that made “The Simpsons” so popular. It’s as though Disney is simply assessing what intellectual property they can blend to best generate self-promoting content on their streaming service. It’s the cartoon equivalent to the empty calories from a candy bar.

Fox recently finished airing season 32 of “The Simpsons” to reviews that were mixed at best.

For a while now, Disney’s corporatism has grown increasingly cynical. In the credits of the 2020 live-action “Mulan,” Disney thanked security agencies of the Chinese Communist Party in the Xinjiang region connected to the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Uighur Muslims. They have also allegedly been holding extensive critical race theory training for their employees.

As China’s share of the global entertainment market grows, so does Disney’s willingness to bend the knee to appease them. It’s painfully obvious Disney is more concerned with maintaining an agenda than the artistic integrity of their intellectual property.

“The Good, The Bart, and The Loki,” is characteristic of this cynical, pandering shift. It is an insult to the legacy of American satire.

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‘The Good, The Bart, and The Loki,’ is characteristic of Disney’s cynical, pandering shift. It is an insult to the legacy of American satire.

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