Loki episode 2 recap: Marvel’s God of Mischief goes on the hunt for himself

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Loki has a tense teamup with Hunter B-15.


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The second episode of Loki’s self-titled solo journey hit Disney Plus on Wednesday, selecting up with the God of Mischief after his introduction to the superior energy of the Time Variance Authority. The Marvel Cinematic Universe present takes place after the beloved villain’s 2012 self made his escape in Avengers: Endgame.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) found that one other model of him is wreaking havoc throughout the Sacred Timeline by killing TVA brokers and gathering the reset costs they use to keep up the right circulate of time. Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) recruits him to hunt the variant, reasoning that he may give them perception into their devious plan.

Time to hunt a timeline fugitive in SPOILER territory.


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Girl Loki

After a lot teasing as the opposite Loki variant took over one physique after one other, the episode ends with the revelation that the fugitive is feminine (British actor Sophia Di Martino). That’ll actually make it simpler to inform the Lokis aside, although the male one appears to be irrelevant to the feminine one’s plans.

“This is not about you,” she tells him.

Girl Loki vanishes right into a time portal — presumably discovering a special apocalypse to cover in — and her male counterpart follows after a second of indecision, a lot to the chagrin of Mobius and the opposite TVA brokers. The portal remained open simply lengthy sufficient for Loki to leap in, suggesting Girl Loki desires to proceed their chat (the prospect of them having a full scene collectively is tremendous thrilling).

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The Mistress of Mischief has a comic book e book precedent.


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Within the comics, the Asgardians have been reborn on Earth after Ragnarok, and Loki took on a feminine kind because of his Frost Large heritage. She claimed to have reformed, however was actually as much as no good as a result of Loki gonna Loki it doesn’t matter what their gender.

Loki’s gender can also be marked as “fluid” in his TVA file, suggesting he can change at will. So Girl Loki in all probability would not have a very completely different historical past to the male one.

MCU Girl Loki is kinda introduced because the baddy, however the Time-Keepers are just about ruling actuality with an iron fist by sustaining the Sacred Timeline and deciding the fates of each being in existence. Possibly she’s determined to struggle again? The usage of Bonnie Tyler’s 1984 traditional Holding Out for a Hero as she takes down the TVA brokers looks as if a significant clue.

Oddly, that is the second time this music has been utilized in Marvel – it was within the Sq. Enix Guardians of the Galaxy recreation’s E3 reveal on Sunday. Exterior Marvel, it additionally performed throughout Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe trailer final week.

Multiverse reborn

Girl Loki “bombs the Sacred Timeline” by sending numerous stolen reset costs again to varied factors, apparently creating a great deal of branches or restoring branches the TVA beforehand reset. This looks as if it will tie instantly into Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity and arrange different parts of the MCU’s Part four, because it creates limitless storytelling potential. Reviews recommend it will play into Spider-Man: No Approach House as properly.

I’m wondering which of them are the varied What If realities, the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man universes or the Fox X-Males worlds?

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Studying of Ragnarok

Going by means of the recordsdata on his Sacred Timeline self, Loki learns of Asgard’s destruction in Thor: Ragnarok. A complete of 9,719 Asgardians have been killed, however the file would not word bunch of them escaped to Earth (although half of these survivors have been slain by Thanos and his goons). 

Regardless that it prompts Loki’s realization that his counterpart is “hiding in apocalypses,” he appears genuinely saddened to see that his dwelling was destroyed. Between discovering that, his adoptive mother and father’ deaths, his reconciliation with Thor and heroic demise at Thanos’ palms, it looks as if he is growing into the character his Sacred Timeline self turned. Or he’ll reject that and go his personal means.

Both means, it in all probability additionally made him much more decided to overthrow the tyranny of the Time-Keepers and alter his future.

The one good TVA agent

We study that Mobius has by no means met the Time-Keepers, so he is spent his life doing the bidding of unseen beings. It appears possible they are not what he thinks they’re, and that he’ll find yourself becoming a member of the Lokis in rebelling towards them.

His fascination with jet skis is telling — he is in a position to leap across the timeline, however hasn’t been in a position to hop on one of many leisure watercraft. For all the ability he wields, he is nonetheless certain by the Time-Keepers’ guidelines.

“I feel a TVA agent displaying up on a jet ski on the Sacred Timeline, that will create a department for positive,” he says, however he acknowledges sadly that it might be “actually enjoyable” to attempt one out (can verify).

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Loki tries to persuade Mobius and Hunter B-15 that he is loyal to the TVA.


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This man had higher get to experience a jet ski earlier than the sequence is completed, or there is no justice within the MCU.

As soon as once more, he is the one TVA agent who exhibits any compassion for the doomed individuals the brokers encounter on the timeline — his co-workers seem to be tough, dismissive jerks (probably reflecting the Time-Keepers’ attitudes). Mobius’ decency additionally appears to have rubbed off on Loki, who checks to see if the individuals enchanted by his counterpart are nonetheless alive.

Observations, WTF questions and Easter eggs

  • Years visited: 1985, 79 AD, 2050.
  • We see a bunch of Loki variants in Mobius’ hologram, together with a Tour de France-winning bicycle owner, a Hellboy-style model, a Baphomet-looking man and one in armor a bit like that worn by Kurgan in Highlander.
  • The Roxxcart retailer is presumably an offshoot of Roxxon, the ruthless oil company typically seen within the background of the MCU motion pictures and extra prominently in exhibits like Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Cloak & Dagger.
  • Given Loki’s detailed explanations of phantasm projection and duplication casting, he is in all probability going to make use of at the least one throughout the present’s run.
  • The pen Mobius makes use of to signal the paperwork in Ravona’s workplace says “Franklin D Roosevelt Excessive College,” however it’s unclear what this implies. The opposite trophies he mentions are a curler skate and a snow globe.
  • It is potential the TVA brokers will have the ability to reset a few of the timeline branches and restore the Sacred Timeline to a point, however it positive appears to be like like there have been too many to cope with.

Be a part of us for extra Easter eggs and observations subsequent Wednesday, June 23, when episode three of Loki hits Disney Plus.