With Loki’s latest episode, “Journey Into Mystery,” the Disney + series sees the MCU get closer than ever to full medieval fantasy.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Loki Episode 5, “Journey Into Mystery”, now airing on Disney +.
Part of what defines the various Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are the different genres that the separate entries fall into. Captain America: The Winter Soldier It was more of a political thriller, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 Y Vol. 2 they were Marvel’s version of the space opera genre. Now, as the MCU has only gotten bigger, more and more productions have gone down the cosmic route, from the Avengers Y Thor movies currently airing Loki TV series on Disney +.
On the streaming service, Loki continues to expand the cosmic tapestry of the MCU, with the introduction of TVA, Time-Keepers, and even Living Tribunal. But even though LokiMassive impact on the MCU’s cosmic scale, the series’ latest episode also offered something different: a taste of medieval fantasy that the MCU has never delivered before.
In “Journey Into Mystery”, Loki finds himself in the Void at the end of time after being pruned by Renslayer. The Void is a wasteland of shattered timelines, a dark reality that is part green pasture and part broken relics containing a multitude of Easter eggs. There, Loki and Sylvie team up with other versions of themselves in hopes of taking on the monstrous Alioth and surpassing the creature, whoever the TVA and the timeline itself actually control. While this latest adventure continues the MCU’s cosmic trend, the episode also veers off into pure fantasy territory.
Once Sylvie and Loki go after Alioth, Loki borrows some clues from medieval epic stories. After all, both versions of Loki join forces to take on a monstrous creature made entirely of smoke, a dragon-like foe that would feel right at home in any fantasy-tinged story. In addition, to face this creature, Loki receives a fiery sword, a weapon that he carries strapped to his back to give his best impression of Geralt of Rivia. The God of Mischief wields the sword in battle, all while Sylvie and Classic Loki cast more emerald enchantments than we’ve ever seen in any Marvel movie. Also, all of this is done so that Loki and Sylvie can get to what Alioth is guarding: a great castle at the end of time.
Flaming swords, castles, giant monsters, magic – these are all the ingredients that make up a classic fantasy tale; and it all takes place in the Void at the end of the MCU’s time.
While the Thor The movies were based on Norse mythology, the movies were much more cosmic than fantastic. In fact, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World It was originally supposed to be a darker fantasy film that leaned more towards the medieval side of myths, but the film was ultimately more cosmic in nature. And after that, Thor: Ragnaraok took things further by going full Guardians of the Galaxy. Thus, Loki’s “Journey Into Mystery” is the closest the MCU has ever come to the medieval fantasy genre. And hopefully it’s a sign that more is to come.
Loki stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, and Eugene Cordero. New episodes air Wednesdays on Disney +.
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