Who’s ready for some mischief?!
Disney Plus is set to debut what looks to be another massive streaming hit straight from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Loki this Wednesday. If you don’t know by now, the series stars Tom Hiddleson reprising his character as the God of Mischief. The series takes place immediately after the last time we saw Loki as he picked up the tesseract and vanished into who knows where.
Critics and movie media types have already gotten their hands on the first two episodes (guess our invite got lost in the mail…) and now that the social media embargo has been lifted, the reviews are pouring in. Suffice to say, they are VERY positive. Just peep this thread from POC Culture:
Here’s what a few critics are saying about the series, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes.
WandaVision was meant to be a mystery box of sorts, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier made statements on race and legacy. I think #Loki is designed to be the most purely entertaining Marvel series thus far, at least based on the first two episodes. It’s a cheeky action comedy… – Brandon Katz, Observer
I don’t really know where to start praising #Loki, so I’ll just say it’s IMO the strongest opening for a Disney+ show to date, the writing and directing are on another level. Shoutout to @iamkateherron, @michaelwaldron and @twhiddleston for continuing to push the bar in the MCU. – Jack McBryan, The Direct
#LOKI is exactly what I wanted it to be: funny, weird, and exciting television. – Liz Shannon Miller, Collider
The @LokiOfficial show is outstanding. Marvel continues to change things up, this is unlike anything they’ve done before. A focus on the god of mischief that gives us our best look at his character, his fears, his insecurities and his glorious purpose. – John Campea, The John Campea Show
Today, Marvel unloaded a gang of new content featuring some behind-the-scenes looks, a cast interview with Owen Wilson, and even a new clip of the first episode that features Lovecraft Country‘s Wunmi Mosaku.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in May, Hiddleston who has been playing Loki for 11 years now, gushed about his role as the famed character. The 40-year-old Brit revealed that fans can expect to see a more raw and vulnerable side of Loki.
“One of the things Kevin Feige led on was, ‘I think we should find a way of exploring the parts of Loki that are independent of his relationship with Thor,’ or see him in a duality or in relationship with others, which I thought was very exciting,” says Hiddleston, who also serves as an executive producer on the show. “So the Odinson saga, that trilogy of films, still has its integrity, and we don’t have to reopen it and retell it.”
Hiddleston continued, “I just knew that in the structure of that film, I had to lean into his role as a pure antagonist. What I always found curious and complex about the way Loki is written in Avengers, is that his status as an antagonist comes from the same well of not belonging and being marginalized and isolated in the first Thor film. Loki now knows he has no place in Asgard.”
If your appetite for this series isn’t whetted at this point then we’re not sure what to tell you. WandaVision was innovative. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was inspiring. Loki is poised to be an absolute game-changer for the MCU overall.
Our bodies are ready. How bout yours?