Spoilers for the previous episodes of Loki are below, though I’ve done my best not to spoil this week’s show. You have been warned!
The title of this week’s episode of Loki – with Journey Into Mystery being the title of the Marvel comic in which Thor and the Asgardians were first brought introduced (Thor in issue 83, Loki in 85) – is a nicely self-referential nod that reminds us that we’ve got no idea what we’re in for, as well as the fact that we’re safe in the hands of the show’s creative team, who genuinely know the lore and are having an incredible amount of fun playing with a time-hopping, space-warping, reality-bending comic book adventure.
Following last week’s eventful, hugely impactful episode, which saw the Timekeepers revealed as a cover for whatever it is that’s really behind the TVA, as well as Agent Mobius and even Loki himself taken out of the equation, we were left with Sylvie demanding answers from the ruthless Ravonna Renslayer. A brief post-credits tease showed us that Loki had somehow survived his pruning, however – and revealed the existence of some very exciting Loki variants (including the wonderful Richard E. Grant in comics-accurate, original Loki garb).
Where do we go from here though? That would be telling of course – and it’s a testament to the show’s well told, pretty leftfield concept and story that we could genuinely go in any direction from here on out – but let’s just say that you’re in for a wild ride. Journey Into Mystery has some genuinely touching, quieter character moments (that famous Hiddleston chemistry being put to use again – including one instance that’s incredibly heartfelt and may have brought a tear to my eye), multiple amusing betrayals and at least one sequence of truly epic action. Loki feels as if it could be just at home on the big screen as it is on Disney’s streaming service; the production values and creativity demonstrated in this series have been seriously impressive so far. That’s not to belittle or demean TV shows as an art form or as entertainment of course – I’ve just been incredibly impressed with how cohesive these shows have been in look and feel alongside their big screen brothers and sisters. With the first two MCU series – WandaVision and Falcon and The Winter Soldier – making a few missteps in their conclusions (though they were still hugely enjoyable and impressive shows in their own right, overall), it’s up to Loki to save the day (again?) as his debut solo series reaches its climax next week.
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