This first season of Loki has lived through ups and downs. The direction of Kate Herron, so attentive to the introspective moments and the growth of the characters, has struggled to deliver a precise identity to a product that has tried different paths, perspectives and atmospheres of its own. She reached very high points when she focused on characterizing the protagonist, played beautifully by Tom Hiddleston, and her interactions with the rest of the cast, but she struggled to build a cohesive and captivating storyline, recovering in the last two or three episodes with a greater number. of developments and twists. Considering how the previous episode ended, the expectations towards this ending were very high: in some ways that puppeteer of Kevin Feige has satisfied them, for others not quite, but there are still stories to be told and Loki will be back for a second season.
Let's see, however, how this first cycle of episodes in ours ended Loki 1x06 review, and watch out for spoilers: some will be unavoidable for the purpose of this analysis.
For all times. All time.
We had left Loki and Sylvie in front of the dimensional gap that opened inside Alioth, a gap that leads to a kind of asteroid suspended in space, surrounded by a luminous trail, on which an ancient stronghold towers. While the two protagonists enter the lair of the enemy, which Ms. Minutes defines only as the One who remains, all hell breaks out on TVA when Mobius and Huntress B-15 put Judge Renslayer in check.
In the end, behind all this mess, between time travel and alternate realities, there was Jonathan Majors, the actor we know will play Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania in a couple of years. We suspected it, we were right, and meanwhile the story didn't take the turn we expected, but it took a much more sinister turn ...
Reflections and spoilers
And in short, last week we told you about this historical adversary of the Avengers in the comics, Kang the Conqueror, born Nathaniel Richards in the 31st century: a time traveler who has taken on a thousand identities beyond that of Kang. He passed himself off as the Scarlet Centurion, Rama-Tut, Immortus, Iron Lad and many others, and many times the most powerful Heroes of the Earth have not faced the same character, but his counterparts from different realities or eras. Which is more or less what the One who remains promised in his very long conversation with Loki and Sylvie, a conversation that takes up a large part of the episode - which lasts only about 45 minutes - and which sometimes even repeats itself.
Let's say closing the year with complex exposure wasn't the wisest move in TV history, but Herron directs the games with a steady hand, generating a disturbing and oppressive atmosphere thanks to two fundamental factors: the excellent soundtrack of Natalie Holt and Jonathan Majors' schizophrenic interpretation.
The director also finds space for a short but intense and finally well choreographed action scene towards the end of the episode, but at this point you should all have understood that Loki is not an action series, but something more. experimental that works above all on the growth of the characters. In this sense, on the character played by Tom Hiddleston an even better job has been done than the films, describing a circle that closes just in this season finale, when Loki gives up a real throne to defend the right to free will throughout the Multiverse ... which is the goal completely opposite to what he himself pursued in Marvel's The Avengers, as the TV series reminded us in the pilot episode. In these six weeks, Loki has learned (again) that everyone can change and everyone can be a hero, even the most cowardly of super villains, especially when love is at stake.
The only problem is that not all Loki are our Loki. Among alligators, resigned old men and anthropomorphic toads, there is also Sylvie, who does not see her in exactly the same way and in the end chooses differently, delivering the Holy timeline to total chaos. It is paradoxical that the conversation with the One who remains revolves a lot around ambiguity and lying. The villain on duty is literally invincible, but only up to a certain point, and above all ... he is not a villain. The TV series is very careful and does not give a name to this character. He who remains tells of having been called a "conqueror", among other things, but he does not give himself a name, emphasizing only that he was the only one, among its innumerable variations, to find a way to guard the Holy timeline and prevent war breaks out between his counterparts who all want to control the Multiverse.
In fact, when Sylvie finally kills him, the Remainer greets her in the most threatening way possible: "We will meet again soon." We already knew Majors will play Kang in Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania, and now we know he's not going to be the same character we met in this season finale. In short, the move by Marvel Studios was smart.
Loki 1x06 has paved the way for the debut of this villain, but those who go to the cinema without having seen the TV series will probably be able to understand the plot anyway because that Kang will actually be an almost completely different character. The costumes also prove it. Jonathan Majors he wears an outfit more like Immortus in the comics, but when Loki returns to TVA, and discovers that he has ended up in an alternate reality where Mobius doesn't know him, he finds a Jonathan Majors statue in place of the Time Keepers statue. wears the classic costume of Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Comics.
Majors made himself known primarily with The Last Black Man in San Francisco and then appeared, among other things, in Da 5 Bloods and the TV series. Lovecraft Country, but we weren't quite sure it was the right choice for the role of Kang. The minutes we spent in his company in Loki's finale consolidated our doubts, but when we discovered that he was playing a variant of the famous super villain - the good one, too - we realized his versatility again. It is likely that in the next Ant-Man-centric film, Majors will play a much more solemn and menacing version of this character, whereas in Loki 1x06 it featured him on more friendly but crazed and boastful tones.
After all, this episode definitely opens the doors to the Multiverse over and over again mentioned in the latest Marvel Studios productions: it could be fundamental to understand Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or the much rumored participations of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but in any case it is the most sensible premise to the next TV series that we will see on Disney + in August, What if ...?
Hearing some of the most iconic lines from the Marvel Studios movies as the logo appeared on the screen at the beginning of the episode, we knew immediately that Loki's ending was going to be something special. Despite some hitches, starting with a well-shot but excessively long and staid conversation, Loki 1x06 is a story that could have very important repercussions on the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe and that concludes with dignity a season that has never wanted to amaze with amazing special effects, while still doing it, or breathtaking action scenes, and here he definitely missed the mark. However, he has given us back the best Loki possible and we can't wait to find him in his second year.
- It introduces a character who will be huge in the future of the MCU
- It closes the circle on the magnificent characterization of Loki
- The central conversation is an abrupt halt right in the climax of the story
- The supporting actors have been sacrificed a bit to make room for Majors