So, here comes the third Marvel live-action series for Disney’s streaming service, focusing on the continuing exploits of Loki (Tom Hiddleston, still ridiculously charming), Norse God of Mischief and frenemy of the Mighty Thor (one must wonder if Chris Hemsworth will get a cameo at some point).
But wait, didn’t Loki die at the hands of Thanos at the start of Avengers: Infinity War? Yes he did, but remember in Avengers: Endgame when Captain America and company travelled back in time to the end of the first Avengers movie to steal an Infinity Stone? The Loki from that point in time, recently captured after trying to conquer Earth, took advantage of some brief chaos to half-inch the Time Stone and slip away in the confusion. Which means the Loki starring in this series is starting off as a power-hungry megalomaniac, and not the considerably more agreeable Loki who had so much fun in Thor: Ragnarok before getting his neck broken by the Mad Titan.
Are you with me? Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity is a nightmare no matter how you slice it, so let’s assume that we’re all up to speed or that we can fake it ’til we make it in the service of discussing this new series, which is – only two episodes in, mind you – shaping up to be one of the weirder and thus more interesting Marvel offerings.