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Is Loki Season 1 over?
Loki premiered on June 9, 2021. Its first season, consisting of six episodes, concluded on July 14 and is part of Phase Four of the MCU. wikipedia.orgLoki (TV series)
Assembled: The Making of Loki, the latest episode in Marvel Studios' series of docu-specials, premiered on Disney+ on July 21, and offered fans a behind-the-scenes look at the six-episode series centering on the MCU's principal mischief-maker. The special explored the development process for the series, including one montage that didn't make it into the show.
The eight-point breakdown detailing Loki's antics reads as follows:
The writers ultimately decided against including this in the final cut, but director Kate Herron acknowledged that Loki's sexuality was one of her top priorities upon joining the project, taking precedence over other story threads. In episode three, Loki was confirmed to be canonically bisexual in the MCU during a pivotal conversation with Sylvie.
It's the first of Marvel's Disney+ series to officially announce a second season, with WandaVision unlikely to return, and The Falcon & the Winter Soldier currently billed as an ongoing series. While we don't know when Loki Season 2 might be released, we should perhaps expect a lot of other Marvel shows to come first.
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22 July, 2021 - 11:00am
22 July, 2021 - 11:00am
The latest Disney+ superhero show embraced chaos in its storytelling. Is Marvel willing to do the same within its ever expanding universe of films and TV shows?
One thing Marvel knows how to do is expand a story. Think back to the nascent days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the early ’00s. The so-called Phase 1 was about building out the superhero roster with individual film narratives that would dovetail into a big crossover movie: “The Avengers.” A decade and a half later, the crossovers are old hat, the Easter eggs are expected, and a spate of new movies and TV shows continue to provide an influx of stories and characters that branch off into their own universes.
You could even say the M.C.U. resembles a branching timeline — that’s what a member of the Time Variant Authority, or T.V.A., the bureaucracy at the center of the Disney+ series “Loki,” would say. Because for all the interdimensional fun the series has, “Loki,” which wrapped up last week, is a philosophical dialogue that also functions as a metacommentary on Marvel’s storytelling. The show’s central theme about the value of order versus chaos reflects how the M.C.U., as it expands across Disney+ and beyond, alternatively presents and breaks from contained, linear narratives and rote character types.
Although Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the sometime nemesis and sometime ally of the Avengers, was killed by Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Asgardian now appears — resurrected! — in his own series. But it’s only a resurrection in a branding sense: The series centers on an earlier version of Loki, one who escapes the Battle of New York, from the first “Avengers” film, with the all-powerful glow-box (known as the Tesseract). His escape with the Tesseract causes a branch in the timeline, an offense that gets him first arrested by the T.V.A. and then recruited by one of the group’s agents, Mobius (Owen Wilson), to help catch a female “variant” Loki (Sophia Di Martino) who has been disregarding the rules of other timelines. In an inspired, if awkward, Freudian twist, the two Lokis fall for each other and team up to dismantle the T.V.A. before eventually finding themselves at odds.
From the beginning, “Loki” was an odd addition to the M.C.U. because it, like the recent “Black Widow” film, tried retroactively to give a back story and growth to a character who was already dead in the central M.C.U. timeline. More intriguing, it repositioned a character who had been an antagonist and a foil to Avengers like his adopted brother, the Norse golden boy Thor, as the hero of his own story, one that undermined what we had already seen happen in the franchise.
By making another version of Loki a hero, the series itself is acting as a variant. In general, Marvel has been using its latest Disney+ shows to deviate from the often wearying, even oppressive, timeline that the films have established. These side stories open up the world to more subtle, interesting narratives: “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” allowed their heroes to develop in terms of both superhero abilities and emotional depth.
But whatever their divergences, these stories always end up leashed to the main M.C.U. narrative — Marvel’s own inviolable timeline, which often yields an awkward result. “WandaVision” used its classic TV parodies to cleverly explore the contours of grief and emotional escapism until its “Avengers” adjacency apparently demanded a requisite explosive ending. Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) wrestled with trauma and its consequences, but the specter of Captain America, and the question of whether Sam would ultimately take up the shield, took over the story in the end.
In “Loki,” the Asgardian discovers that everything is predestined, even his identity. Loki is supposed to be a villain, and he is supposed to lose. There are no other options. What the series asks is, how does a character whose purpose is simply to accentuate, by way of contrast, the strengths and flaws of others, lead his own story?
The series certainly struggles to answer that question at first; Loki seems out of place in his own show. When the show allows him to be less of a reactionary character — he gets his own foils in the form of his many variants — he finally feels like the focus of the narrative. He evolves, proving that Loki can win and be honest and loving and compassionate. And just as “Loki” challenges how its title character is defined, so does the series break him out of the sole function he has served in the M.C.U. thus far.
As a loyal T.V.A. agent, Mobius, as he tells Loki, believes that his job is to maintain an ultimate sense of order — even if that order appears to rob the universe of free will. What happens when the timeline is all sorted out, without branches? “Just order, and we meet in peace at the end of time,” Mobius says.
“Only order? No chaos?” Loki responds. “That sounds boring.”
The franchise wants to subscribe to both a traditional mode of storytelling and a bit of narrative chaos in the form of time travel, multiple universes and nonlinear shifts in time and space — all of which allow for deviations from the main story line. But the more variant stories we get, the more unstable and convoluted the whole structure becomes.
“Loki” is a fun touch of chaos for Loki fans, myself included, but it makes me wonder how much longer the relative order of the M.C.U. franchise’s central chronology can sustain the backpedaling and jumps and reversals, even within their own pockets of time. The vast megaverse that is Marvel already hosts countless characters and stories, and yet having one in which Loki is still alive is infinitely more fun.
But as delightful as “Loki” is conceptually, to me it felt like simply a fun, diverting experiment. What Marvel will do with the results of this experiment is another story. This season’s cliffhanger ending means that the full measure of the series’s success and impact is still to come, whether in the second season promised in the finale or in the broader M.C.U.
Is “Loki” truly a variant within the M.C.U.? Will it introduce reverberations throughout the films and TV shows going forward, or will it be essentially isolated in its own playful thought bubble? If the former, I suspect the Marvel won’t be able to sustain the full heft of the master narrative, with all of those branches, forever — that is, unless Marvel fully embraces chaos and lets the M.C.U. fracture into separate multiverses without such a restrictive overarching timeline. After all, if the god of mischief has taught us anything, it’s that a little bit of chaos can go a long way.
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Marvel's What If...? has continued to be teased in the trailers for the Disney+ show and there's already a number of timelines revealed for the series. With the show helping to transform the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse, there's plenty of alternate realities to explore.
Many of these new worlds feature familiar heroes shifting completely into new roles. While not every reality has been distinctly set out, from everything that's been revealed so far about the show, there are clearly some planned timelines that fans will get to explore. Most will allow characters to be developed in unique ways.
This change in the timeline massively shifts how the Avengers come together and perhaps the technology available to Earth's mightiest in general. This alternative reality could result in a completely different superhero team forming, but also could see Killmonger as an even more legitimate threat to the throne of Wakanda.
The Sorcerer Supreme shouldn't utilize dark magic very often as so much power has been known to corrupt. The comics have seen Strange weakened by such spells and there's a possibility that this evil version of the character could be explored further in The Multiverse Of Madness, perhaps changing the MCU forever.
With new purpose and power, this timeline appears to show the Age of the Android, with Vision gaining hold of the Infinity Stones to use at his will. This reality appears to be a dangerous one, where Vision is all-powerful, bending the world to his will.
In this reality, he has a close partnership with Yondu and is a member of the Ravagers. However, he clearly leaves the group at some stage to form an alternative version of the Guardians; one that seems complete with a Gamora who has taken on Thanos's role. Wakanda has likely been left under the protection of a different King and the mysterious Dora Milaje.
In this world, Howard Stark manages to create his own version of the Iron Man armor for Steve Rogers, with the two teaming up to face off against the Red Skull, Hydra, and Arnim Zola. It's a reality that demonstrates that the good guys can still come out on top.
It's unclear how he manages such a victory, but clearly, he has an ally or army on his side that he once didn't. Perhaps without the threat of Thor to thwart his plans, Asgard was easily conquered. It's also hard to tell whether he is a benevolent leader or completely maniacal.
With Lang in a jar, there's also a strong chance that someone else has picked up the Ant-Man mantle. Perhaps Hank Pym has been forced out of retirement, or someone else has been found for the role. There's definitely some hope that Luis has stepped up to the plate.
This is an incredibly dangerous reality, one where anyone could fall victim to the disease that's spreading through humanity. The Zombie timeline is something that fans hope to see in live-action as well but is clearly going to be at least an episode on Disney+.
The threat they are facing appears to be Shuma Gorath, a mystical and multi-dimensional creature of epic power. The trailer showcases this Variant Avengers coming together with a Black Panther and T'Challa's Star-Lord in the same team for instance.
After seeing Kang's own home at the center of the timeline, it wouldn't be surprising to see that this cosmic location is a separate reality where the Watchers reside to do their job. Perhaps the entrance has already been seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 2, where Stan Lee acts as an informant to the deities.