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“Loki” season two follows up with villain’s origin story, adds fun characters

Screenshot from Loki season 2 trailer | Marvel Entertainment

The thrilling narrative of Loki Laufeyson continues in season two of the eponymous hit show “Loki” on Disney+. The God of Mischief, played by actor Tom Hiddleston, was introduced as the villain of the first “Avengers” movie. Since then, Loki has been through various stages of character development. His character has been fleshed out through the many Marvel films spanning across the “Thor” franchise as well as the “Avengers” film series.


The TV show follows an intertwined origin narrative with the record-breaking movie “Avengers: Endgame.” The film mainly deals with going back in time to retrieve the powerful infinity stones needed to defeat Thanos. An encounter with the Loki from the past in 2012 results in Loki escaping from authorities and breaking away from the primary timeline. Loki breaks loose using the Tesseract, which has the space stone within it.


The show’s first season picks up immediately after his escape and focuses on the narrative of this Loki variant. The series’ focal point is Loki’s encounters with a mysterious agency called the Time Variance Authority, aka the TVA.


“Loki” season one broke many records and amassed a large following. The first season came to a thrilling close, leaving many questions unanswered and fans waiting anxiously. It featured an amazingly talented cast, which has only since expanded. The original cast consists of Owen Wilson as Mobius, Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie and many more.


The new season brings a whole new team of directors and an exciting new cast member, Ke Huy Quan, who plays the role of Ouroboros, the “IT guy” of the TVA.


 Ouroboros, better known as O.B., was introduced to give the TVA more depth and dimensionality.

“O.B. was born out of a desire to see the rest of the TVA,” Eric Martin, the head writer of “Loki” season two said in an interview with The New York Times. “I really started to think about who’s the person who is down there in the engine room of the ship. He’s the one who is looking over everything. He’s the fix-it guy. I just started to imagine a guy who was so busy running the machinery that he just doesn’t see anybody. But he loves his job.”


Quan was cast in this role after Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, was in awe of his work in “Everything, Everywhere All at Once.”


The new direction team also brings noticeable stylistic changes but provides fans the captivating experience many were waiting for. The current director duo consists of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who helped direct the hit Marvel show “Moon Knight.” 


There was a lot of skepticism around the ability of this season to live up to its predecessor, especially considering the latest Marvel disappointments.


Many fans have been left dissatisfied after watching previous Marvel releases like “Antman and the Wasp: Quantamania,” which led to wariness about the success of “Loki” Season two. Yet the overall response to the first episode has been positive, leaving fans hopeful for what’s to come. In keeping with the brand’s infamous trend of post-credit scenes, the first episode of “Loki” season two leaves fans wondering about the future of Sylvie and her connection to the TVA.


“Loki” season two is currently streaming on Disney+. Be sure to tune in to the weekly episodes every Thursday.

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