The Loki series may have changed the MCU forever. The Timeline is now free, leaving the stage open for multiverses to interact and co-exist. Moreover, it turns out that the Infinity Stones aren’t THAT powerful in the grand scheme of things – the workers at TVA use them as paperweights. Joining the TVA and encountering Sylvie changes Loki in several ways, and he’s no longer the power-hungry villain set on world domination that we met in The Avengers (2012). Instead, he tries to be a better person.
Here are some of our favorite moments from the show encapsulating his tremendous character growth:
In the third episode, Loki and Sylvie board a train reserved for the elite, in a bid to escape the planet Lamentis. Although distrustful of each other, they slowly bond and develop an alliance. But soon after, Loki gets drunk and is seen happily and enthusiastically singing in Asgardian. It’s a beautifully raw and emotional moment and one that Tom Hiddleston fans are sure to replay over and over.
Of course, the God of Mischief has acquired his “naughty” reputation over the years and is responsible for several unexplained historical events. In a lovely twist, Loki is presumed to be the mysterious D.B. Cooper who hijacked a Boeing 727 in 1971- a case of air piracy that remains unsolved to this day.
Despite being initially antagonistic to each other, Loki and Mobius gradually become friends. Even though Loki betrays him to chase after Sylvie, Mobius finally turns his back on the TVA based on what Loki tells him. He thanks Loki for “lighting the spark” and before parting, they embrace tightly much to the delight of shippers.
While going through the TVA files, Loki realizes that there is zero “variance level energy” recorded during apocalypses. To test the theory, Loki and Mobius take a quick trip to Pompeii at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption, where Loki delivers a speech in Latin about how “nothing matters”, upturns some carts, and sets a few goats free.
Before the Pompeii trip, Loki explains his theory to Mobius using pieces of his lunch. That turns out to be the salad that Loki prompts spoils to explain how tipping off the Hulk from the Rainbow Bridge during Ragnarok won’t make much of a difference. It’s a pretty hilarious and endearing sequence.
Loki gets a shot at redemption when the TVA plays his tape that showcases what happened after he’s captured by the Avengers on the original timeline. He finds out how his actions indirectly lead to Frigga’s death and how he ultimately sacrifices himself to protect Thor from Thanos. It’s heartbreaking and poignant, and it gives Loki the impetus to rewrite his destiny.
In a conversation with Sylvie about relationships and choice of partners Loki reveals that like her, he’s “a bit of both”. Framed in subtle background bisexual lighting, it’s a wonderful moment in the MCU that affirms the characters’ queer identities. Also, in the TVA files, his sex is listed as “fluid”, a further nod to the Norse myths and Loki’s inherent queerness and fluidity.
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