‘Loki’ Might Be a Lot Darker Than Expected, Fans Predict

Disney+ just keeps hitting home runs with their Marvel series. First, WandaVision captured the hearts of fans across the globe with its quirky, nostalgic trip through the rosy world of family sitcoms. Next, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier delivered pulse-pounding thrills each week as Sam and Bucky chased down ruthless antagonists. Disney wants to keep giving Marvel fans what they enjoy, and they swung for the fences again with Loki.

The latest Marvel installment puts the God of Mischief in the lead role, a place that he has definitely earned. Tom Hiddleston has delivered numerous captivating performances as Loki in the MCU, and fans are excited to watch him soak up the limelight. They are a bit worried that the series might take a darker turn than expected, however…

What is Disney+’s ‘Loki’ about? 

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Right on the heels of a wildly successful season of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Disney+ is delving into the action-packed world of Marvel once again. Loki premieres on June 9, and fans can’t wait. The newest installment of Marvel fun will follow the mischievous Loki on a time-traveling adventure that takes place after Endgame. 

The Loki fans will see in the new series is not the last Loki we saw in the MCU (who died in Infinity War) — instead, we’ll be focusing on 2012 Loki, who escaped the Avengers’ grasp with the Tesseract (when the team traveled back in time in Endgame, he was able to escape).  This Loki is captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization created by the Time-Keepers. 

The Time-Keepers are tasked with keeping peace in the universe by keeping all time flowing along the Sacred Timeline. They created the TVA to help ensure that no one branches off the Sacred Timeline by causing a nexus event. Individuals who create these alternate timelines are referred to as “variants”. Creating multiple timelines could lead to another multiversal war, which could end everyone’s existence. 

We’re assuming that Loki’s action of stealing the Tesseract created a new timeline, and that’s what catches the TVA’s attention. Exactly what the TVA will do with him is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure–Loki will definitely cause some mischief along the way. 

Will 2012 Loki find out about his character’s redemption? 

Since the Loki in this show departed the main timeline in 2012 when he escaped from The Avengers, he has no idea what kinds of changes he actually went through later. Technically, he hasn’t met any of the heroes that came after the events in The Avengers, so he doesn’t know Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Black Panther, etc… 

More importantly, he doesn’t know anything about the redemption that Loki eventually reached. He doesn’t know that in Ragnarok, Loki chose to stand with his brother rather than fighting against him. Loki comes through for Thor in his moment of need, bringing more warriors and switching sides in the battle. 

In the opening scenes of Infinity War, Loki pretends that he is still loyal to Thanos. However, he has a dagger hidden and attempts to stab Thanos in the throat. Thanos anticipates the move and crushes Loki’s neck, leaving his dead body at Thor’s feet. 

What are the fans predicting? 

Fans have caught on to a commonality with the Disney+ Marvel series–they all seem to have deeper, hidden themes that we weren’t expecting. It’s only natural that these fans are already speculating about what Loki‘s deeper meaning will be…

One fan took to Reddit to explain what they’ve noticed in Disney+’s first two Marvel series, “Wandavision was promoted as a quirky trek through TV history while it was really about grief and the mourning process. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was sold as a buddy cop comedy while really being about the impact of America’s marginalization of many people. So what do you think Loki‘s deeper thematic meaning will be?”

Most fans seem to believe that the show will focus on Loki’s struggle with his identity. This makes complete sense, given what we know about the character’s redemption arc in the MCU. Although this Loki escaped with the Tesseract, it still stands to reason that the same personality traits that led him to help his brother are buried somewhere deep inside him, and will surface eventually. 

If the series does end up taking Loki on a journey through the parts of his life that technically didn’t happen to him yet, it’s going to take a very sad turn. Those of us who were deeply saddened when he died in Infinity War don’t really want to have to watch him die again if the TVR forces him back to the Sacred Timeline. We’ll just have to wait and see what Disney has in store for the God of Mischief…

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