Disney's 'Loki' Episode 1: Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief shocked as TVA imprisons him
'Loki' is the third show to premiere from a slew of Marvel standalone miniseries which sets up the stage for Phase four of Marvel films. It follows 'Wanda Vision' and 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier', and the events of the film take place after what Loki went through in 'Avengers: Endgame'. He disappeared with the tesseract, through a portal never to be seen again. His fate, if he was alive or dead was undecided at the end of the film.
One promo of the show especially features a scene where Hunter B-15, an agent of the Time Variance Authority finds a "standard sequence violation" where Loki is. From the very beginning, Loki is seen as nothing but a "variant", meaning this Loki has created an alternate timeline which is Loki's variant created by his actions. That's right and Loki is as shocked as us, because he responds, "I beg your pardon". He is told of his charges and they are "crimes against the sacred timeline. Loki is as cocky as ever and believes that he can get away from this group of people who are trying to arrest him.
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At this point, he is also not aware of their identity. Yet, he takes the risk of moving forward without a backup plan. While the promo ends here, the promotional pictures of 'Loki' that have been released indicates that Loki does indeed get arrested and it is here that he meets Mobius M Mobius (Owen Wilson), another agent of the Time Variance Authority. Loki has to stand trial for charges against him and the one who overlooks the trial is none other than judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).
In fact, another promo shows Ravonna ask Loki "How do you plead?" to which Loki responds with sneer, "Madam, a God doesn't plead." Ravonna is exasperated with the direction of this conversation already and this cannot mean anything good Loki. He also pleads not guilty when cornered in a dramatic way that we know is signature Loki, and this attitude definitely hints at trouble following him.
A promo that released just hours before the release of the premiere episode also featured Mobius telling Loki that if he wants to rule the universe, he needs to save it first. He is also tasked with "catching time criminals" by Mobius and he seems to get this job after being tired of tied in as a prisoner by the TVA. The question also remains, who is Loki supposed to save the world from?
In addition to all of these bits, the introduction of TVA in 'Loki' also has us wondering. Will Loki and Thor's mother Frigga make an appearance in the show? From when Frigga did not seem surprised with Thor traveling through time, it becomes clear that she has knowledge about it all. She could also be the person who gave Loki an insight into what TVA really is. If not, how could he tell Mobius in one of the ad spots "So you’re part of the TVA’s courageous and dedicated workforce? … You were created by the Timekeepers … to protect the sacred timeline…" Yes, there is a chance that Loki was briefed before he met Mobius. However, we would like to leave this door to Frigga's appearance open as there are chances that Frigga is ex-TVA or that she may have knowledge of them considering her flair for clairvoyance.
New episodes of 'Loki' can be streamed every Wednesday on Disney Plus.