Loki episode 1 recap: Marvel’s God of Mischief digs deep as new series sets up mind-bending time loops

Loki episode 1 recap: Marvel’s God of Mischief digs deep as new series sets up mind-bending time loops

Loki is finally upon us. I could pretend I didn’t circle the date of the premiere in my calendar months ago, but who would I be fooling? I’ve been fascinated with Loki since we met him a decade ago in Thor, and I’m thrilled we now get to hang out with him for an entire show. As made clear in promos and trailers, Loki is a time travel series based on a brief scene in Avengers: Endgame, in which Loki uses the all-powerful Tesseract (a shiny blue cube) to escape from the Avengers. Classic God of Mischief! Except his impish ways have now landed him in a spot of trouble with the Time Variance Authority, aka the TVA, a sinfully bureaucratic organisation in charge of preserving the integrity of time. Which sounds intriguing enough, but let’s be real: at this point, my heart is but a toy for Marvel to play with. This show could be called “Loki shops for groceries” or “Loki reads the phonebook”, and I’d still watch it. Let’s jump back a few years, shall we? Loki …
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