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Richland Chronicle 5/07/24
Richland Chronicle 5/07/24

‘Loki’: When quality appears from quantity

Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, left, and Tom Hiddleston as Loki battle against He Who Remains. (Photo/IMDB)

If you ask the average Marvel fan what they think of Phase 4, they’ll probably tell you about their gripes with the over-saturated scene of mediocre movies and TV shows.

But amidst the flood of underwhelming content, “Loki” remains as a shining example for what Marvel Studios can do when they’re at their best. Loki has always been a beloved character, but the closest we ever got to diving into his deeper motives and personality was in “Thor: Ragnarök.” He died in the opening sequence of “Infinity War.” But since Loki died multiple times before and fans still cherish this character deeply, we had our suspicions. And those hopes and suspicions soon paid off on June 9, 2021, with the release of his Disney+ Original, creatively titled, “Loki.”

Long story short, even though the plot for this series quickly becomes very convoluted, it still does a very good job at keeping its viewers caught up with what’s going on. With the release of the second season, it doubles down on these points of excellence even further. Instead of more insane environments and action, we focus more on the characters and the main over-arching conflict set off in Season 1.

Instead of creating a bunch of new characters and backstories, we get a small selection of really interesting ones, and/or charming ones, such as Ouroboros (Ke Huy Quan) and further development for the ones from the last season. Instead of trying to over extend its reach, it sticks to building on top of the foundation it created and still delivers an incredible story that feels as monumental as it seems.

All-in-all, I think this show proves that Marvel is still capable of creating and showing amazing new worlds for us to get lost in, and it really is sad that these amazing stories are feeling farther and fewer in-between for them.

Grade: A+

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