So we got to the grand finale. The 6th part of Loki Season 1 was uploaded to Disney +. Sure, next to WandaVision, it was the provider’s craziest Marvel series, and we’re still waiting for some similar creations, like What If…? The journey has been enormous since the Avengers: End Game, and while Wandá’s story, at least in comparison to Loki, has only been politely alluded to alternative realities, the subject of our present writing has certainly explored the parallel universes.
In light of this, the season finale took place, after which we can safely say that nothing will be the same in the Marvel Movie Universe as it was before the Disney + crazy series. Literally, chaos reigned at the end of the plot, also in a moral sense, as self-appointed righteous people became evil in some ways, and we thought it was bad, at least it turned out that there was a rationale in what they do… or have done… or will do…. Obsession? It’s pretty much the brainstorming that happens in the finale, so there’s plenty to discuss, but at least ask questions.
Events on a new timeline
At the end of Episode 5, though, Loki and Sylvie managed to restrain Alioth, the smoke monster, which turned out to hold a fairly important place and a key role in keeping the Holy Timeline. This is where episode 6 picks up the thread with a bombastic beat that can be described as a galactic roller coaster ride, in which we can take a look at parallel universes. At the heart of it all is the Citadel at the End of Time (about “Citadel at the End of Time”), where Miss Minutes, hitherto known as a more harmless and cute figure, makes a few irresistible offers to our heroes – just such a trifle that Loki can get the Infinite Gloves with the stones – which the god of trouble in the Avengers and Thor movies would have been seduced to hear, but a more sublime idea in this series,
So Loki and Sylvie don’t stand on a rope and move on to get to what is only referred to as the eloquent He Who Remains (“He Who Remains” or “Who Remains”) and who manages the Time Variation Authority (TVA) and preserves the Holy Timeline. The great puppet shows himself, and even though our heroes try to kill him, they fail, so they are forced to listen to what this is all about. His tale effectively puts Loki and Sylvie in a stalemate because they have to decide whether to wage an inter-universe war by assassinating the TVA leader or to take Kang’s place, as it turns out, and the two maintain a lie that ensures peace and order.
Loki would be inclined to the latter, but hot-headed Sylvie won’t get into this, so after a passionate fight, she does something she regrets herself and unleashes chaos in the Marvel Movie Universe. Meanwhile, at TVA’s headquarters, Mobius is trying to revenge on Ravonna, but things are also happening there that put the characters we’ve met so far in a completely different light.
Marvellous, or goodness!
Kang’s appearance was definitely a percussive turn of the episode. Of course, everyone was expecting it because it had been rumoured for a long time, and Jonathan Majors, the character who shaped the character, also alluded to the appearance of the exciting antagonist in the Marvel Cinema Universe and this series. Many have already exclaimed the negative hero, who may be an even more interesting, complex figure than Thanos. There is rationality in this because his first appearance is compelling.
In the comics, Kang and He Who Remains are not the same characters, but in Loki, even if the former’s name is not uttered when he refers to himself as a conqueror and outlines his origins, it may become clear who he is. It was a nice draw from the series creators, and his motivations are really more experiential, more acceptable. Thanos, in vain, wanted good from his own point of view, he wanted to achieve this good by halving the number of people in the universe, and in his final despair, he wanted to recreate everything from scratch.
On the other hand, Kang is a truly complex figure because he is not bad at all, but a “necessary evil” of what he is doing as he tries to prevent a major catastrophe by maintaining a fascist Time Variation Authority. What’s more, he realized that he had made a big mistake, more precisely that his variants had to be kept in check. Otherwise, they would wreak a multiverse warlike in the past… whats… the future, which of course he already refers to as the past since he lived it. This is beautiful in this series!
Luckily, Loki and Sylvie also had a big dramatic scene that was both heartbreaking and cathartic. If the Jedi Returns Luke versus Darth Vader’s clash came to mind about perhaps their unexpected duel, we were in the right place because their fight was at least as intense emotionally as Star Wars ’father-son misfortune. Like Palpatine, Kang grins and later looks more stunned as his two opponents and hopeful descendants strain each other, though like Luke, Loki doesn’t want to fight either: he loves Sylvie too much to take her seriously. No matter how bizarre their love affair is, it is still a Loki variant if the woman is also an independent entity. This struggle dipped a dagger in the viewer’s heart and twisted it a few times. It’s excruciating, which happens after a kiss snaps between the two of them.
So we managed to bring together an exciting, dramatic confrontation for the finale, which thankfully became a brawl typical of not at all typical Marvel films. It may even disappoint some who expected a climax similar to the more classic showdown of The Soldier of the Falcon and Winter or WandaVision. Still, those who are open to unusual twists may have a wide grin on their faces in addition to the tears gathering in the corners of their eyes.
Or Captain America: After the Civil War, there are finally once again two beloved heroes who have a real stake in their fight in the sense that the viewer is certainly emotionally attached to both of them. And the ending, which evokes the very first Planet of the Apes and Tim Burton’s remake, has become a percussionist, raises a lot of questions, and above all, fires up enough for the recipient, who can thus bitterly wait for future MCU movies and series. If you continue down this path, the Marvel Movie Universe will leave your adolescence behind forever – in every sense.
Not so Marvelous … or what didn’t come in so much
The season finale was a dense part in many ways, yet it didn’t rush and even took too long to talk to Loki, Sylvie, and Kang compared to the fact that approx. 40 minutes of clear playing time. A dramatic confrontation between the two protagonists, or an unusual, chaotic ending here or there, this episode didn’t have a good rhythm. On the one hand, it did not prove to be a lucky creative decision for the creators to cut the confrontation between our heroes and Kang in parallel with Mobius and Ravonna, because, in this way, the latter broke the former almost frustratingly, and Mobius and Ravonna’s verbal and physical clash became rough.
On the other hand, despite the exciting Kang and the thread of the heroes, the antagonist exaggerates in several ways. Jonathan Majors, who has been nominated for an Emmy for Lovecraft Country, is basically a talented actor. Still, overall he plays quite manic in this series or essentially brings the loose-cynical figure typical of Marvel heroes rather than villains. This can be taken, of course, as a kind of indication that he is not a traditional antagonist, but even then, we cannot turn a blind eye to manners. So while the character himself is exciting, he is more complex than the Marvel films, but in his manifestations, he is a typical comic book (negative) hero.
Still, it isn’t obvious, and the otherwise short plot is unnecessarily slowed down by Kang repeating at least three times what choices Loki and Sylvie have. Of course, the repetitions result from our heroes quarrelling over what decision would be sensible to make. Yet, the question may arise as to whether the creator is considered stupid by the creators or chosen the wrong way to prepare for the dramatic confrontation, to escalate tension. In any case, the tension is precise that the over-discussion of the crisis is decreasing, and precisely because of the parallel cut, so less would have been more.
What do we expect in the future … or the past?
Loki gave off the lesson to fans and creators of the upcoming Marvel films and series with the final turn of the episode, which concludes Season 1, and then his cliff sound. At least after that, the MCU will definitely not be the same as before. By stubbornly sticking to Sylvie’s theory that the whole lie that the TVA manager came up with, she actually freed the chaos or alternative timelines, so she actually just got the role of antagonist. So not one, but more Kang, much more aggressive than the one we know here, is expected to arrive, and it doesn’t hurt too much that Loki, who was sent back to headquarters, faces a Mobius variant and a Kang statue. What do the Avengers and the surviving members of the team do?
After that, we’re definitely looking forward to Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Madness Multitude, or the 3rd premiere of The Ant. Of course, even in August, there will be an animated series, What If…? also with alternative America Captains, among others. One thing is for sure: the multiverse exists, has escaped, and will sniff us out too!
At the end of it all: Summary
This final word is now also the final word of season 1, so the score is for the series itself, meaning we can say that part 6 brought roughly the standard that the series as a whole brought. Loki has rivalled its predecessors, the two previous Disney + series, in boldness. It has finally set out really far-reaching changes in the Marvel Movie Universe, so it actually opened up Phase 4, which will be more diverse and hopefully more impressive than ever.
The series also greatly enhanced the character of the title character, who has come a long way from Thor through the Infinite Island. We could witness the ageing of Tom Hiddleston, who played the character brilliantly and the maturation of Loki, i.e. an anti-hero from an evildoer. And similar positives can be written about Owen Wilson’s Mobius and Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie: memorable plays and characters with their own drama and even tragedy. Because of such beautiful developments, twists, or justifications, we love these heroic stories first and foremost only for their spectacular clashes.
Of course, there was no shortage of spectacular, grandiose moments. Still, the creators spared them, which made the disaster of Pompeii in part 2 or the cataclysm on the otherwise lavishly planned Lamentis-1 in episode 3 even more striking. And the end of Part 5 was cathartic, the creators put their fathers-mothers in the fight against Alioth, and the self-sacrifice of Richard E. Grant’s classic Loki was also a beautiful scene.
There were, of course, more clashed episodes or threads and Figures 3–4. around the part, the plot, the tension, sat down a bit, even if we got percussive turns in them, and with episode 5, our problem was that although it became action-packed, it was there that the character queens were roughened. So Lokin also sees that the Marvel series format is perhaps too strict about condensing such high-volume events as the introduction or release of the multiverse into 6 or 9 parts, a tough task, and to break into the creators ’knife from WandaVision Through the Soldier of the Falcon and Winter to Loki.
Of course, never worse! The direction is good, and if anything, then these series are perfect for putting in a different light the heroes and negative heroes we know in the films, but in many cases not presented in sufficient depth and complexity. Oh, and we’re looking forward to Season 2 of Loki because that’s how it will be: this has already been confirmed by the crew list scene in Part 6!