Review of “Loki”, series with Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson Disney

After WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, comes the third original series of the Marvel universe conceived exclusively for the Disney + streaming platform with one of the most popular villains of the franchise now as (anti) hero of a proposal based on the classic time travel resource. The result of the first two episodes is entertaining only at times, with an excess of dialogue and not too many surprises.

Loki (United States, 2021). Showrunner: Michael Waldron. Director: Kate Herron. Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Wunmi Mosaku. Music: Autumn Durald. Photography: Natalie Holt. Wrath of Man full movie Duration: 6 episodes of about 52 minutes available at the rate of one per Wednesday from June 9 on Disney +.

Fourth phase of the MCU. Third series for Disney + after WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Story set after the events narrated in Avengers: Endgame. A protagonist who has already died and resurrected several times, who is a villain (but not so much anymore) and who here will end up fighting against another version of himself. No, it is not a hieroglyph or a complex scientific formula, but Loki is one more link in a long chain of franchises for film and television.

Seen the first two episodes (the third part of a series of just 6 chapters), Loki tries to maintain (with mixed luck) a tone of innocent comedy (perhaps seeking to hook the little ones) with winks dedicated to fans of the Marvel universe and some action (especially in the second installment).

The first chapter, inevitably didactic, begins in New York in 2012 with Loki in the hands of the Avengers, but soon the villain played by Tom Hiddleston manages to escape with the Tesseract, that energetic McGuffin that we already saw in previous productions. However, this funny-evil is immediately captured in the middle of the Gobi desert in Mongolia by the Guardians of Time, defined as a Variant (an anomalous being) and put on trial for altering the timeline, the normal flow of time.

Locked in the building of the bureaucratic Temporal Variation Authority (AVT) corporation managed by agent Mobius (Owen Wilson), that God and master of deception and manipulation that is Loki Laufeyson will not be able to appeal to his powers and will be forced to do a review of his “great successes” (read betrayals and murders) and his family history in Asgard (his adoptive father Odin who played Anthony Hopkins, his stepbrother Thor who played Chris Hemsworth and his adoptive mother Frigga in charge of Rene Russo) and make a pact that will involve going out to find … himself, although – of course – in other times and places.

Precisely time travel (from New York to Mongolia and from there to Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1549; Salina, Oklahoma, in 1858; Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1985; Pompeii, Italy, in 70AD just before the eruption of Vesuvius; or Haven Hills, Alabama, in 2050) constitute one of the axes of a retrofuturistic series with clear references to Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Brazil and Metropolis. The provisional result of these almost two hours of story is partially entertaining and at times sympathetic with some isolated passages that are visually dazzling.

There is a clear bet on boring and exaggeration (Hiddleston feels very comfortable handling that tone), but Loki does not get to be a completely surprising and successful series for now. We will have to wait for the third episode to see if the narrative (all six parts were directed by Kate Herron) consolidates, the intrigues deepen and the isolated initial findings become the norm.