With its first two small screen Marvel outings, Disney seemed intent on shutting out a significant portion of the franchise’s core audience. The creatively risky “WandaVision” took far too long to move out of its sitcom conceit and back into the main MCU storyline. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” had a more traditional Avenger’s setup, but according to some reports, its heavy-handed foray into current politics and allusions to the Black Lives Matter movement had viewers tuning out in droves.
“Loki,” on the other hand, still takes advantage of long form storytelling to do something deeper and more surprising than its big screen brothers, but it does so without undermining the expectations Marvel has spent two decades building.
Loki’s first standalone tale turns on the plot hole created in 2012’s “Avengers: Endgame” when Tony Stark drops the time-travel enabling cube known as the tesseract at Loki’s feet, and everyone’s favorite trickster disappears with it. Stark and Steve Rogers eventually go