I know we’re all caught up with ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ but, I’ll be honest, ‘Loki’ (and maybe ‘I Am Groot’) is the only Disney+ show I’ve been waiting for. Thankfully, with how amazing ‘WandaVision’ turned out to be, and ‘Falcon‘ turning out in a similar vein, we can only expect great things from the standalone show revolving around the God of Mischief. Tom Hiddleston is Loki once again – but as this series also takes place after ‘Endgame’, we will be seeing the alternate version of Loki – or, as the latest trailer has shown he is known as, the ‘Variant Loki’. This ‘past Loki’ finds himself a prisoner of the Time Variance Authority.
Let’s break down what we know (and have seen) from the trailer, shall we?
“The Timekeepers have built quite the circus; and I see the clowns are playing their parts to perfection,”
So, after stealing the Tessaract, Loki somehow ends up in the custody of the Time Variance Authority (TVA): an organization charged with protecting the timeline of the Marvel Universe from time-travellers; keepers of the multiverse, in a way. Not to be confused with the actual Timekeepers, the trio of cosmically powered beings created at the end of time itself. They serve two purposes:
1. They teach the future/those of the next universal cycle how to avoid the errors of the past
2. They power the TVAs existence – a kind of living battery – used to ensure the quality of life for retired TVA employees.
The Timekeepers are known to be slightly hypocritical in their manipulation of the timelines, often seen interfering to create a certain outcome.
“We protect the proper flow of time,”
As Owen Wilson’s character – Mobius M. Mobius – explains to Loki in the trailer, Loki is brought in because he messed with the timeline. In taking the Tesseract, he broke reality in multiple places – exactly as the Ancient One said would happen. Now Mobius seems to be keen on getting Loki on his side – an ally of the TVA, of sorts. In the comics, Mobius starts off with a junior management position within the TVA, before slowly rising through the ranks to become an executive. In the comics, Mobius has run-ins with the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk and the Kang Dynasty.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is “Judge Renslayer”.
Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, the super-intelligent daughter of King Carelius, a 40th-century ruler on Earth. Rovanna became the nemesis – and eventual love interest – of the Marvel villain Kang the Conqueror (also known by the names Rama-Tut and Nathaniel Richards – yes, he might be related to Fantastic 4’s Reed Richards – who is able to jump through time using a time-ship) after he fell in love with her while trying to conquer her Earth. Ravonna is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and is able to use technology far in advance of contemporary Earth technology, but has no superpowers. The version of Rovanna that we see in ‘Loki’ is Judge Renslayer, and while this version of Ravonna may differ from the comics, it is likely that “Judge Ravonna” of the TVA will maintain her connection to Kang the Conqueror and provide a way for Marvel to tie in ‘Loki’ with ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania’. Not only do both MCU instalments deal with time travel, but the third ‘Ant-Man’ movie has already cast its Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors).
“Do I get a weapon?”
A great reminder in the trailer is that Loki doesn’t really need weapons. After what seems to be an agreement between the God and the TVA, his bulky collar (probably used to subdue and dampen his powers) is taken off and we can see him wield his dual daggers and use energy blasts. Can we also expect to see him use his other powers – astral projection, shape-shifting, hypnosis, molecular rearrangement, energy blasts, levitating, conjuration, cryokinesis, telekinesis and teleportation and the list goes ooonnnnn.
The upcoming six episodes will directly tie into Phase 4 – especially the events of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, which is currently set to debut March 25, 2022. Are you as excited as I am for when ‘Loki’ drops on June 11?