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Loki review – time-hopping with a tedious Tom Hiddleston

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The actor reprises his role as the Marvel villain in this zany new Disney+ series. But the first episodes lack polish – and it desperately needs to pick up the pace The long-awaited series Loki has arrived on Disney+, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the god of mischief and mayhem, the adored MCU villain he has played in six Marvel movies. In Avengers: Infinity War, however – spoiler alert – Loki died, nobly sacrificing himself in the first five minutes and finally becoming a true hero of Asgard and a credit to Jotunheim. But! For an MCU figure, nothing lasts for ever except the franchise, and so Loki has been restored to us. This has been managed by the simple act of time-branching. In Avengers: Endgame, the heroes who survived the Infinity War go back in time to the immediate aftermath of 2012’s Avengers Assemble to grab the two Infinity Stones Loki had in his possession at the time, in order to rewrite the future. Loki (the real one, but now alive because, hello, 2012 again) took advantage of the time heist chaos, as Lokis will, to grab the portal-creating Tesseract and port the hell outta there. This created a Loki variant, and it is this Loki we follow in this series. I trust that’s all clear.
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