Is Loki the best Marvel Studios series so far? Annlyel makes her case for why Tom Hiddleston‘s solo adventures are a game-changer for the MCU
I know it’s early. We’re only two episodes into Loki and I’m already making bold claims but…Loki is pretty darn great so far.
Every Marvel movie (and series) has been Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. (Yes, even The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World). But there are only select entries that fall into that box of true greats. I’m talking about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.
These movies not only entertained us but moved the story (and the Marvel Cinematic Universe) forward. Captain America: The Winter Soldier exposed a new faction of Hydra and ended S.H.I.E.L.D. While also bringing Bucky back from the “dead” and turning him into a villain who turns good in the end.
Guardians of the Galaxy introduced us to the cosmic side of things while also setting up Thanos even further.
Thor: Ragnarok made Thor cooler, turned Loki from a classic villain to an unexpected (and what felt like permanent, at the time) ally, introduced Valkyrie; the future ruler of Asgard. And forced the Asgardians to leave Asgard thanks to Surtur, hence their occupation on Earth now.
Black Panther brought Wakanda out of hiding. And of course, we all know the effects of Infinity War on the story. It’s what has made Loki possible.
GOD OF MISCHIEF
So now we’ve reached the Disney+ series featuring the extremely likable antihero, Loki, the God of Mischief. And in merely two episodes we are now beginning to understand how just how important this series to the MCU. Not only have the first two episodes been rewarding beyond belief but now with a major plot twist at the end of Episode 2; it seems like this show is going to affect the MCU in a big way.
Spider-Man: No Way Home has already been confirmed to be bringing two old Spider-Man villains back to the fold; Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2 and Jamie Foxx’s Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And then there’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Whose entire plot is explained right there in the title. The multiverse is here, it’s coming, and it’s all because of Loki.
I don’t like to make claims about something’s greatness before it is complete. But I honestly do believe this is the most entertaining, most intriguing, and most rewarding installment in the MCU since Infinity War. And it just got started!
Next week, we’ll be halfway through the season and I can’t wait to see what other glorious surprises we have in store.
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Hello everyone. My name is Annlyel James. I’m a young woman who loves movies of all genres (specifically ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies.) I am also a Senior Correspondent for The Future of the Force.