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Marvel series ‘Loki’ releases second season

Braden Saint-Val – News Writer

Marvel Studio’s “Loki” has become a standout installment in their promising yet lackluster and oversaturating Multiverse Saga so far. 

This article contains spoilers. 

In this Disney+ series, it follows Loki from the 2012 “Avengers” film who regained possession of the Tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame.” 

He was quickly apprehended by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization that operates outside of time and space and is responsible for monitoring the “Scared Timeline.” 

He was then forced to work with TVA agent Mobius to hunt down a variant of himself named Sylvie, who was hellbent on destroying the TVA and its creator He Who Remains for taking her out of her original timeline as a child, as well as for taking TVA agents out of theirs. 

In the season one finale, Sylvie killed He Who Remains, which caused an infinite number of timelines to be unleashed. Prior to his death, He Who Remains had warned both Sylvie and Loki that this action would cause the emergence of his dangerous variants, known as the Council of Kangs, who seek to conquer the multiverse through a multiversal war. 

In the second season, Loki and Mobius work to retrofit the Temporal Loom. It is responsible for converting raw time into a power source for the TVA, but its overload of infinite timelines makes it unstable, leading to a meltdown that would destroy the organization.  

The series is filled with sci-fi action and tropes akin to “Doctor Who” that I always love. Each location and time period is uniquely characterized by outstanding cinematography and set design. 

Composer Natalie Holt created a chilling yet beautiful soundtrack that amplified pivotal moments, adding an extra layer of emotion and depth. 

Throughout both seasons, the TVA’s control over free will and trillions of lives by destroying timelines is questioned, allowing supporting characters to develop their own arcs as they reform it.  

Tom Hiddleston conveys an authentic range of emotions as Loki, showing viewers a new approach to the character that has never been seen before. Additionally, Owen Wilson’s portrayal of Mobius complements Loki so well, resulting in great on-screen chemistry and a relationship that evolves from distrust into bromance. 

Season 2 introduced the TVA’s head of repairs and advancement Ouroboros, played by Oscar-winner Ke Kuy Quan. He brings immense charm and humor to the diligent and intellectual technician, standing out in every scene he’s in. 

Despite their efforts, Loki and his allies failed to stabilize the Loom, which resulted in an explosion that destroyed the TVA. But this occurred in the fourth episode out of six, and Loki survived. 

The writing, acting, cinematography, visual effects, and music in the last two episodes see the creative team at the top of their game to deliver a bittersweet ending that left me both speechless and satisfied, while also looking forward to what comes next. 

It was the culmination of Loki’s personal growth. Season 1 explored his newfound potential, while Season 2 established who he is. Being the god of mischief had always defined him, but through his friendships with Sylvie and Mobius, he learned to be so much more than that. 

It also brought his fears of loneliness to light, and the finale shows how he struggled with that pain and what it meant for him to overcome it. 

I don’t want to spoil the big twists, so you will just have to see for yourself how Loki and his show became the MVPs in Phase 5 of the MCU. 

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