‘Loki’ Is A Low-key Addition To The MCU That Is Just OK

Even though the MCU is now in Phase 4, it still feels like they’re trying to do a review of Phase 3.

Earlier in January, WandaVision dropped and despite a few rough beginnings ended up becoming a well-made series that parodied American TV while at the same time focusing on how people deal with loss more than what was covered in Avengers:Endgame.

I’m no fan of the MCU Spider-Man movies for a number of reasons I won’t get into here, but watching the non-chalant way Spider-Man: Far From Home treated the Snap/Blip made me roll my eyes. After five years of half of a population, no way would a school district of any kind have the resources or means to deal with a full-blown return of the population. What we saw with Covid-19 was probably how schools would’ve handled it.

That being said, WandaVision was a perfect show for people who had lost people to Covid as it dealt with grief and the unwillingness to move on, even though we know we must.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier took another topical subject, that of race and racial relations, and was a clever dig at the dangers of colonialism, imperialism and those who who believed in Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign.

I never really bought Karli Morgenthau as the leader of the Flag Smashers, mostly for Erin Kellyman’s atrociously bad acting, which was really a bunch of whining. Unfortunately, the real villain, intentional or not, was John Walker, played so well by Wyatt Russell, who didn’t deserve the hatred he received from the fan base.

Loki, which started this month, is three episodes down of its six-episode run, and from what I heard from others is the same, it’s just ok.

I know something is ahead for the remainder of the series, but Loki hasn’t really earned our patience as much as the other two series did.

Tom Hiddleston has been perfect in the role throughout the MCU, even though I never really bought him as the prime villain in the first Avengers movie, which seemed more like two-hour commercial to sell tie-in products rather an a movie as The Avengers assembled.

The plot so far as I can gather is Loki is considered a Time Variant after being found from trying to steal the Tesseract in the alternate realty of Avengers: Endgame and there is believed to be another variant of Loki named Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) attacking the sacred timeline.

While this is intriguing, I don’t think we need three episodes just to get this far. It’s nice to see Owen Wilson playing against time as Mobius M. Mobius, an agent of the Time Variance Authority, as a hard-boiled detective type. Wilson and Hiddleston together make the show watchable, but I’m not so sure about Di Martino’s character just yet.

While the long-awaited Black Widow is hitting theaters in July and a Hawkeye series already filmed, I’m wondering how much more of the MCU will audiences watch.

I recently watched Avengers: Endgame and realize that the whole MCU could’ve ended right there and it would’ve been appropriate. Then again, a lot of people thought The Fast and the Furious movies were over after Tokyo Drift.

I just know this, MCU is probably grateful for the Covid-19 pandemic causes a disruption in their series plan as Loki was scheduled to be the first series. I’m not sure audiences would’ve tuned in to the other shows which were better.

So far, Loki seems like the Ant-Man movies, which I always saw as nothing more than filler in between the bigger movies.

Published by bobbyzane420

I'm an award winning journalist and photographer who covered dozens of homicides and even interviewed President Jimmy Carter on multiple occasions. A back injury in 2011 and other family medical emergencies sidelined my journalism career. But now, I'm doing my own thing, focusing on movies (one of my favorite topics), current events and politics (another favorite topic) and just anything I feel needs to be posted. Thank you for reading.

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