‘Loki’ Defies Expectations, Gives ‘Mad Men’, ‘Beetlejuice’ Vibes

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Tom Hiddleston looking menacing as Loki

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Marvel Studios’ latest foray into the streaming world, Loki, is set to debut this Wednesday, June 9. The show, starring Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief and Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, will officially introduce the Marvel Multiverse into the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (2022).

This means characters like Lady Loki and Kid Loki are likely to appear in the MCU for the first time.

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Now, some critics have gotten a to view the first two episodes of Kevin Feige and Co.’s latest endeavor — and they couldn’t be more excited for Marvel fans to see Loki later this week. Initial reactions to the series — which is the third MCU streaming series, following the success of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — are glowing.

Here, we take a look at what some critics are saying.

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Observer’s Brandon Katz believes Hiddleston’s Loki is pure entertainment that viewers are sure to love:

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…

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SlashFilm’s Peter Sciretta Tweeted a lengthy reaction (for Twitter, anyway) to the new Marvel series:

First episode of Falcon and The Winter Soldier feels like a Marvel movie in a big way, a lot more so than Wandavision (not a knock). The opening action screen feels like a huge MCU action sequence (and not a tv fight), story feels like it has significant MCU consequences.

Also, I’m not sure if this excites anyone but me but it’s a long episode (I think nearly 50 minutes) coming off most of the other original Disney+ shows which have (for the most part) hugged that 30 minute runtime (before the extra long credits). Hoping that continues.

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Another SlashFilm staffer, Ethan Anderton, noted:

#Loki is the best @MarvelStudios
series yet (or at least my favorite so far). A time-crime procedural that lets Tom Hiddleston chew scenery like bubble gum while digging into the tragedy of the character’s villainous facade and elevating his thirst for a new kind of power.

In #Loki, Owen Wilson makes for a wry foil to the God of Mischief as a time cop, chipping away at the layers of the Marvel villain while using him to track down a mysterious time-hopping criminal.

But perhaps the best part of #Loki is the hilariously bureaucratic and mundane way that time travel and the preservation of “The Sacred Timeline” is treated. It’s like MEN IN BLACK meets DOCTOR WHO, but with a 1960s MAD MEN aesthetic instead of a corporate future style.

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Collider reporter Perri Nemiroff shared that the latest Disney+ show has major Beetlejuice vibes:

A big ol’ YAY for the Beetlejuice vibes of the TVA! After two episodes, #Loki looks like it’s VERY much my thing. Fascinated by the TVA and the timeline rules I’ll no doubt obsess over. And love how the story is challenging Loki to assess/reassess his actions.

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From the sounds of it, we’re in for a real treat when Loki officially debuts on Wednesday and transports us into the world of the Time Variance Authority (TVA).

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The official description of Loki on Disney+ reads:

In Marvel Studios’ Loki, the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after Avengers: Endgame [2019]. Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer. 

Are you looking forward to watching the highly-anticipated Loki series this week?

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