[Editor’s Note: Spoilers ahead for the season finale of ‘Loki’]

Until the end of the season of Loki, “For all the time. Always.” I felt like the latest MCU series was also the strongest by putting a strong core relationship at its core and forcing one of the MCU’s long-time villains to go through some deep personal changes. However, the ending largely sacrificed that for a new character, Kang (Jonathan Majors), could explain the broader “gambit” at the heart of the MCU: maintaining a dictatorial rule over the timeline to avoid chaos, or letting chaos reign with countless Kangs coming out of the wood to start a multiversal war .

At this point, it could be argued that the character arches between Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia di martino) reached a critical point, and two characters who loved each other reached a breaking point. Sylvie was too consumed with her need for revenge, while Loki wanted to maintain some kind of order so as not to lose Sylvie. He’s very sweet and tries to put the show’s great fate and free will debate on personal bets, which I respect. On the path of destiny, you have Sylvie fulfilling her “purpose” and on the free will side, you have Loki rejecting his destiny of a “throne” in exchange for love, although that love will not give him a throne, but requires Let him take one to hold on to the person he holds most dear.

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But pound for pound, the ending wasn’t really about that, which is a shame. It seemed like all of the Loki character material was provided in the previous episode, “Journey into Mystery,” and that the ending had to do the universe-building stuff that the MCU requires. And to be fair, Majors did it with poise. The show introduced an entirely new character, and he won us over with a delightful performance that makes us want to see more of him, and we clearly will, as he doesn’t just openly rule TVA in whatever timeline Loki ended up in, but it is also in the next Ant-Man and the Wasp in Quantumania, which will go on sale in 2023 and will hopefully be the first Ant Man film that doesn’t feel completely disposable.

This concept of pushing the main character to build a universe is a recurring problem in the MCU dating back to Iron Man 2, but it was a shame to see it happen in Loki, which had really undermined the personality of its protagonist while continuing to build a fabulous world around him. “For all time. Always.” changed that script by putting world building first and forcing Loki to catch up. For an episode that was largely about people talking in rooms, the one who spoke the most was Kang, and it didn’t feel like it was the culmination of the first season of a show called “Loki.”

Of course, the show also confirmed that a second season is on the way, although who knows when it might arrive. Marvel shows are bound by not just production schedules, but also where they need to unfold in the larger MCU story. Given the Loki It was announced in 2018 but it wasn’t even scheduled to premiere until 2021, this second season may not come until 2024. And of course, this season left a lot of balls in the air with each main character still having a story. say. But it can still have suspense while providing dramatic resolution. Unfortunately, Loki chose to set the stakes for the larger MCU while losing sight of what those stakes meant for his main character.

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