Loki Season 2 Episode 1 Review: Slip and Slide

In the premiere of Marvel’s Loki season two, the God of Mischief is back to save the Marvel Universe. He just needs to save himself first.

Ke Huy Quan as O.B., Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Owen Wilson as Mobius in Loki Season 2
Photo: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel

This review contains spoilers

Loki is back to try and save the Marvel Universe in more ways than one as the second season of his MCU solo show returns to Disney+ this month. It’s the only live-action MCU series to get a second season so far, and as the premiere kicks off it’s incredibly easy to see why. Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, and the rest of the Loki cast really do make the show’s near-incomprehensible time travel story utterly compelling.

It’s been over two years since we last caught up with the God of Mischief, and when we left him he was a changed man, having seen the error of his ways and having made an actual friend in TVA analyst Mobius M. Mobius. He also accidentally helped kickstart the Marvel multiverse by traversing to the end of time with fellow variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), where he met He Who Remains, a vaguely unhinged man who felt compelled to strangle the multiverse down to a single timeline because some of his variants had once started a war that escalated far beyond their realities. Sylvie wasn’t really interested in all that, and just stabbed him to death.

You’d think that the burgeoning multiverse would have had a huge impact on the MCU since, but it kinda hasn’t? We saw some fun and self-contained stories in What If…?, a spell go wrong and get put right in No Way Home, a multiverse that wasn’t quite that mad in Doctor Strange 2, and then earlier this year Scott Lang and the fam met He Who Remains variant Kang the Conqueror in the Quantum Realm. But even taking that into account, not so much has transpired that we can’t easily re-join Loki’s quest to manage the fallout of Sylvie’s actions on the bureaucratic TVA, which is certainly good news for everyone who hasn’t been keeping up with the onslaught of MCU content.


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