Loki isn’t cool. Loki is dramatic. He’s mischievous. He’s intelligent. He’s a lovable scamp. However he’s no superhero. Superheroes are cool.
The good factor Loki ever did was catch Hawkeye’s arrow in The Avengers, and that backfired nearly instantly.
This isn’t to say Loki’s not an important character. He’s nice. Loki is arguably one of the best villain within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and certainly one of its finest characters normally. However after watching Loki Episode 3, I’m slightly fearful that the character’s lack of superhero coolness could possibly be holding each him and the whole collection again.
Loki’s superhero second
After Loki’s first two episodes devoted most of their time to sticking Tom Hiddleston in a room with Owen Wilson and letting these two gifted actors run wild, Episode 3 adjustments the system in a serious manner. Wilson’s Mobius is gone, changed by Sophia Di Martino (a feminine Loki variant who prefers to go by the title Sylvie). And whereas Loki and Sylvie nonetheless do loads of speaking, Episode 3 can also be probably the most action-heavy installment of Loki but.
Sadly, that’s the place the issues begin.
All through this episode, Loki fights individuals. Loads. He fights Sylvie a number of occasions. Later, the 2 Loki variants staff as much as battle their manner via an apocalypse on a purple-tinged planet. The one drawback? These motion scenes aren’t notably good.
Regardless of utilizing loads of his signature daggers, it’s simply not that enjoyable watching Loki battle random unhealthy guys. There’s a whole lot of grappling, grunting, and the occasional awkward kick. Loki appears to be stronger than your common henchmen, however not sturdy sufficient to be spectacular.
The easy fact is that Loki wasn’t constructed to battle (he was constructed to rule!) and watching him spar with enemies is like watching Thor play chess — it’d sound enjoyable, however it might get boring actually quick.
I actually simply rewatched that practice battle scene a second time and it actually doesn’t work. I may watch Tom Hiddleston’s Loki dance and sing and scheme for six episodes straight, however I actually hope that is the tip of action-hero Loki. Sadly, that’s positively not what Marvel has deliberate.
A disappointing Loki finale?
If Marvel is one factor, it’s constant. Each Marvel film ends with a giant battle scene, and because of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we all know these Disney+ reveals aren’t any completely different. Meaning there’s an especially excessive likelihood Loki will finish with a giant battle scene too. And if Episode 3 is any indication, it’s going to be fairly lame.
Then once more, perhaps Loki will show me incorrect. Possibly Loki can develop into the cool, ass-kicking superhero that may make his brother proud. Or, even higher, perhaps Marvel can do the inconceivable and finish a narrative with out resorting to a different battle scene.
Loki is streaming now on Disney+.