“Loki” season 2 finds Thor’s trickster sibling (Tom Hiddleston) and the Time Variance Authority (TVA) scrambling to clean up the mess he and his gender-flipped alternate universe variant, the deeply sympathetic Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), made of the so-called “Sacred Timeline” during the season 1 finale. The season 2 trailer has already gotten people buzzing in a way it feels like no other MCU offering has this year, with Deadline reporting it’s accrued a whopping 80 million views online (a new record for any series on Disney+). Aiding the cause, season 1 remains the most-watched MCU series on Disney’s streaming platform to date and holds scores in the 90th percentile among both critics and users on Rotten Tomatoes.
In his own review of season 1, /Film’s Ethan Anderton wrote:
“‘Loki’ is Marvel’s most confident series debut. It wastes no time digging into the complicated world of the Time Variance Authority, and it does so with a familiar but fresh style that echoes the crime thrillers of David Fincher, the sci-fi adventures of ‘Doctor Who,’ along with a touch of ‘Rick and Morty’ and Terry Gilliam.”
In other words, people love both the God of Mischief’s show and the incredibly charismatic actor behind the character, making “Loki” the ideal candidate to lead the MCU out of the extremely rough patch it’s been trapped in lately. But will season 2 ultimately deliver on its potential? After all, at one point in the not-so-distant past earlier this year, I seem to recall writing that “Secret Invasion” has the makings of a compelling political thriller and the long-awaited successor to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and, well, we all saw how that panned out (or, rather, those of us who actually bothered to tune in for that train wreck did).