Loki continues with a second fantastic episode. The third Marvel TV series is available from 9 June with 6 episodes, one every Wednesday, and already now I could judge it as the best of the three: the show starring the God of deception wants to revolutionize the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with new powers and threats. Though WandaVision e The Falcon and The Winter Soldier presented different themes, in Loki the Infinity Stones, which have so far influenced the stories of Marvel Studios, lose importance to make room for the concept of multiverse. Furthermore, the combination Tom Hiddleston – Owen Wilson embellishes the story. In this episode we see more magic and action and there is no shortage of the usual easter eggs, beware of SPOILERS.
Loki: “Glorious intentions”
Reading the title of the episode I thought there was a mistake or I was wrong and I was about to review the first one; ma actually the second episode of Loki has the same title as the previous one: it is a change of perspective because in this case it is Mobius who pronounces “Glorious intentions”. IThe character of Owen Wilson believes in collaboration with the Norse god in order to better study the dangerous variant of the latter. In 1985 at a Renaissance Fair in Oshkosh the villain’s evil deeds are accompanied by Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler, a song that became famous thanks to Footloose, the favorite movie of Star Lord.
In this episode I would call the protagonist “Professor Loki”. The character of Tom Hiddleston is now a TVA agent and is learning video lessons on time travel and Sacred Timeline topics very quickly; the in-depth answers to Mobius and research on new topics make him a great student, but what defines him as a professor is his ability to explain in detail the differences between his magical powers, especially the difference between the projection of illusions and the creation of a duplicate. Furthermore, the God of misdeeds also proves to be a lover of history and flaunts perfect Latin in Pompeii in 79.
A wonderful analogy concerns Owen Wilson, which is found for the second time to witness the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii, after the scene of A Night at the Museum 3 – The Pharaoh’s Secret, in which he played Jedediah. The collaboration with Loki bears fruit, but Mobius loses his salad. To explain to the TVA official that the dangerous variant takes refuge in an apocalypse, the Norse god uses a metaphor at lunch, in a scene that reminds us of a similar sequence in Spider-Man: A New Universe and a scene from the second season of Legion.
In this episode we also discover that the TVA has already found numerous variants of the Norse god: L1130 is the one who escaped with the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame; L6792 he is a Loki in his Ice Giant form; L1247 he has a yellow cycling jersey and a cup in his hand; L8914 is similar to a Baphomet, L7803 Viking version and finally L6792 it has a more monstrous aspect. The intuition about the Apocalypses comes from the sad reading of Ragnarok, an event that took place in third Thor movie: the protagonist finds the files concerning the destruction of Asgard, an event classified by the TVA as a Class Seven Apocalypse, in which 9719 Asgardians died; on the document also reads the name of Revengers.
Combining the clue from the first episode with Loki’s intuition, they discover that the Variant is hiding in Haven Hills, Alabama, in 2050 when a hurricane causes an apocalypse.. Mobius and the other TVA agents go to a Roxxcart supermarket owned by Roxxon Oil Corporation. This oil company is known in the Marvel comics as responsible for the murder of Howard and Maria Stark, for the damage done to the environment and for collaborations with supervillains. Roxxon had previously been nominated in the films of Iron Man, but also in TV series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Iron Fist e Cloak & Dagger.
The ending of this episode is simply magnificent: even if I expected to see a female version of the protagonist after the photos from the set of Sophia Di Martino, I am very intrigued by the final twist of Loki. In the credits relating to the dubbing in Castilian language the variant is credited as “Sylvie”: according to some, it is Sylvie lushton, a girl from Broxton who became the Enchantress in the comics thanks to the magical powers of the God of Deception; however, in the scene where the protagonist analyzes the files, we discover that the name of this variant is Sylvie Laufeydottir, daughter of Laufey, King of the Ice Giants of Jotunheim.
This element attests that we are facing a female version of Loki, with the same origins as the protagonist. The comic story of the character is different: in 2008 J. Michael Straczynski tells the adventures of Thor, with the help of the drawings of Olivier Coipel and Marko Djurdjevic, and reveals that her stepbrother had “stolen” Lady Sif’s body after Ragnarok, confining the warrior’s spirit to the body of a terminally ill elderly woman. Lady Loki then joined the Cabala, the evil version of the Illuminati led by Norman Osborn and formed by Doctor Doom, Hood, Emma Frost and Namor.
Finally, in 2014 a “new” version of Lady Loki was introduced on the pages of Loki: Agente di Asgard. To buy the comic book on Amazon Click here.
For more insights into the plot and references in the second episode, read also the article of the Anime editorial staff.