What is ‘Loki’ about? Loki Variants Explained
This article contains spoilers for the first episode of Loki, “Glorious objective”.
For the very first time, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is not a supporting role in a movie dedicated to his brother Thor or the Avengers. Instead, he’s the star of his own Disney + series and we have to thank the Hulk. Loki, Marvel’s latest TV expansion, picks up right after a Hulk smash that results in the tesseract landing at Loki’s feet; if you remember Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers traveled back in time to the very first Avengers film to modify the events that took place at Stark Tower. Still mischievous, this alternate version of Loki grabs the ship and disappears, alend the chronology and make it a “variant” which must respond to the timekeepers of the Time Variance Authority (TVA). Because the 2012 version of Loki escaped, he’s unaware of everything he’s done in the rest of the MCU movies. But in episode 1 of Loki, our beloved villain receives a wake-up call.
Coming up, a breakdown of everything that has happened so far in Loki.
So which version of Loki is the main character of Loki?
The first episode of Loki opens with the God of Mischief captured by TVA in the Gobi Desert immediately after his escape into Avengers: Endgame. So, we are reunited with the 2012 version of Loki, who is still so selfish and manipulative. He tries to escape the confines of TVA’s beige and orange headquarters, but soon realizes that the organization is much more powerful than he imagined.
Wait, what exactly is VAT ? What is his goal?
The Time Variance Authority is an organization that operates in another area outside of the multiverse, which is the main timeline. Its purpose is to monitor the timeline to prevent interference from damaging or altering future realities. Anyone who interferes with the natural timeline – and therefore, separates from that timeline – is labeled as a “variant.”
What happened to the original Loki?
After the first Avengers movie, the Loki of the main timeline continued down the path of chaos, ultimately playing a role in the deaths of Frigga and Odin. He eventually makes amends with his brother Thor, but Thanos chokes him to death at the start of Infinity War. During an interrogation with Mobius (Owen Wilson) at TVA, Loki-the-variant is made aware of everything the “real” Loki went through in the main timeline.
“Do you like to hurt people? Do you like to kill people? Mobius asks the trickster. The two attempt to answer this question throughout the episode. Because Loki is, well, Loki, he tries to escape, finding the Tesseract and the Infinity Stones resting in a VAT drawer. Casey, a receptionist, tells Loki that the stones – the same stones that claimed our heroes’ lives and well-being – are being used as a paperweight, a clear signal to Loki that his powers are of no use here. . He gives up his escape plan and returns to the interrogation room, where he is seen killed by Thanos on the big screen. He changed his mind.
“I don’t like to hurt people,” he told Mobius, reiterating a line he said earlier in the episode: “This is part of the illusion. This is the cruel and elaborate trick conjured. by the weak to inspire fear. Instead of punishing Loki, Mobius asks him for his help in capturing a “runaway variant” that has killed the VAT agents, known as the Minutemen. This dangerous fugitive? he is also a Loki variant.
What do we know so far about the other variant of Loki?
The episode’s final scene takes us to a field where a few Minutemen are greeted by a hooded figure, the evil variant of Loki. He sets the field on fire, killing all the Minutemen. Now, thanks to Mobius, Loki’s new job will see him find himself, literally.
Burning Questions for Episode 2:
- Is the “fugitive variant” the rumor of Lady Loki? (Some MCU theorists think Loki will eventually introduce Lady Loki, a prominent figure from the comics.)
- Was Loki’s talk about his tricks being an “illusion” just another trick up one of his many sleeves?
- Is Loki a real story of redemption?
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