TV Reviews

Loki Episode 4: ‘The Nexus Event’

Episode Four was the best episode yet! It more than made up for episode three’s lackluster offering.

There’s a flashback with young Sylvie (Cailey Flemming ) being arrested by Judge Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and the TVA. I guess a little imaginative playtime was too much for the sacred timeline. Sylvia manages to escape before her trial with a stolen tempad, and we shift back to present day with Renslayer going to meet with the the all powerful Timekeepers.

Mobius (Owen Wilson) is back! I missed that dude. He’s anxious to go find Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He’s also trying to investigate what Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane) meant when she repeated “It’s real” while under Sylvie’s (Sophie DiMartino) enchantment. I think he’s starting to question the TVA’s motives here even though he may not completely realize it. Renslayer informs him she’s dead, protecting the TVA’s secrets a bit longer.

Then it’s back to Lamentis. Sylvie rehashes everything we see in the opening scene, and explains that she hides in appocylpic events so that the TVA can’t find her. It’s a nice moment that comes across as potentially romantic.

Credit: Marvel Quotes

Mobius along with Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) search the timeline for Loki and Sylvie who are having a touching and kinda romantic feeling conversation while watching Lamentis burn. They get interrupted and brought back to the TVA to face punishment for their crimes which include creating a Nexus Event on Lamentis.

Loki tries telling Mobius the truth about the TVA. He doesn’t listen and throws Loki into timeout: A time loop with Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) who slaps, punches, and knocks Loki to the ground for cutting off her hair. I love that they brought Sif back, and this scene inspired by Norse Mythology is now MCU canon.

Mobius wants to talk to Sylvie, but Renslayer won’t let him near her. She tells him to focus on his Loki. He goes and gets his “asshole” out of timeout, and the two are back where they started: in the conference room for another conversation.

Once again, Loki tries to tell Mobius that nothing is as it seems at the TVA, and Mobius doesn’t believe him. Mobius, like the Marvel fandom, is trying to understand Loki’s growing relationship with Sylvie, and accuses Loki of being so narcissistic that he fell for himself.

An interesting thing to note, and I know I’m going a little out of order with events, is when Mobius says that Sylvie has been pruned. He genuinely seems upset by this. It’s interesting seeing Loki have concern for someone who’s not Thor. It’s great development for this character, though at the same time he’s concerned for the well-being of himself/herself. So it’s character growth in an unconventional way

Part of want I wanted from this show was for Loki to learn to love himself, but this kinda sorta romantic vibe wasn’t what I had in mind!

Mobius finally tells Loki that Sylvie is safe and continues to probe him about his and Sylvie’s plan to overthrow the TVA; still not believing that there’s anything to overthrow in the first place.

Loki reveals that Mobius, along with everyone else working for the TVA, are Variants. And I’m sensing a pattern here: Mobius still refuses to believe and sends Loki back to his time cell.

Hunter B-15 grabs Sylvie and takes her back to 2050 during the apocalyptic storm. She has questions about the TVA of her own. Meanwhile, Mobius still has questions about C-20 that his friend Ravonna doesn’t have good enough answers for. Using a bit of distraction, he pulls a switcharoo and steals her tempad.

The next scene deals with Hunter B-15 learning the truth about her being a Variant. We switch back to the file library where Mobius has gone to look at the stolen tempad privately. He discovers that his “friend” has killed C-20 for questioning the TVA, and that she wasn’t crazy like Ravonna told him.

Mobius goes to get Loki from his time prison, ready to take down the TVA.

Best moment of the episode!

Before they get far, Renslayer has found Mobius out and has him pruned! Loki has to watch the first friend he’s had die! The emotions playing across Tom’s face during this scene were perfect. So heartbreaking!

Renslayer sends guards after B-15, and then escorts Sylvie and Loki to stand before the timekeepers. B-15 interrupts the deletion, and in my opinion we are treated to the best action of the series so far!

Sylvie throws a sword at the Timekeeper’s head, chopping it off, and discovering that the Timekeepers are nothing but androids. This means there’s still a mystery to be solved: Who’s actually running the TVA?

Loki reassures Sylvie that they’ll get to the bottom of it, and before he can tell Sylvie something important, Renslayer prunes him. It wouldn’t be a Loki show if he didn’t die… Again.

An angry Sylvie demands to know everything Renslayer can tell her about the TVA.

We get an end credits scene with Loki waking up and being faced with several variants of himself. This is where the next episode begins, and I will end.

This was a complete upgrade from episode three!

PS. I know this is late. And the finale is tomorrow. And I am behind. Again. Oops.

Over and out,

Captain Stark

TV Reviews

Loki Episode 1: ‘Glorious Purpose’ Review

With each trailer released, Loki quickly became my most anticipated series since WandaVision. I was a little worried it wouldn’t be worth the hype all the media was giving it. But I shouldn’t have worried too much. The first episode delivered. By the end I was so excited about what’s to come, I can’t wait to see what happens next! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

The episode starts where we saw Loki last: escaping with the Teseract in 2012. He transports himself to the Gobi Desert where he’s captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and brought back to the TVA to stand trial.

The comedy is great. From Loki signing off on everything he’s ever said to being unsure if he’s a robot or not. Love it! I also enjoyed (a little too much) the brief seconds we had of Nude Loki. So sue me! 😂

I loved the vintage animation style of the TVA introduction video narrated by the TVA’s mascot, a clock named Miss Minutes (Tara Strong)

Credit in photo

He’s frustrated when his usual tricks and powers don’t work in the TVA. The judge, Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), finds him guilty for crimes against the Sacred Timeline and sentences him to being Reset.

(I’m not quite clear what reset means. To me it sounds like a Death sentence. To Scarlett Widow it sounds like putting people back in their proper place in the timeline. Though Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) does seem to imply that reset means death.)

Mobius steps in and somehow manages to convince the judge to have custody of Loki. She begrudgingly allows it. He takes charge of an angry Loki and takes him to his office for a chat/therapy session of sorts.

Mobius takes Loki through “a sampling of his greatest hits, ” and takes MCU fans down memory lane with scenes from Loki’s life that 2012 Loki hasn’t lived through yet.

My personal favorites were watching him react to his mother’s death and the final scene between him and Thor and Ragnarok. Tom’s acting, as always, is phenomenal. His love for Loki really shines through his performance. It’s so fun to watch.

When I first heard about Owen Wilson being cast in the MCU, I couldn’t picture it being a good fit. It turned out to be another great casting choice by Marvel. He’s wonderful as Mobius! It’s great to see someone call Loki out on his crap. It’s about time!

I think it’s great to see Loki struggle with the fact that he’s not a big all-powerful god calling the shots. The TVA are. Whether or not that’s a good thing is yet to be seen. There’s been speculation that the TVA could be like the Bad Place in The Good Place. They seem like they’re the good guys but maybe there’s something darker under the surface.

While I loved this first episode, there’s one thing that bothers me a little bit: The Infinity Stones stashed in a drawer and used as “paperweights.” They look like a package of fake jewels and sequins from Michaels dumped out. And the most powerful things on earth, the stones the Avengers sacrificed so much for, have NO POWER in the TVA! Does this mean they weren’t that important to begin with? That Infinity War and Endgame were over nothing of great importance? Hopefully, we’ll get some answers over the next five episodes.

Glowing paperweights

The episode gave me Doctor Who and Legends of Tomorrow vibes.

1. You have “a criminal with a blue box.”

2. Time Keepers in place of Time Masters.

3. Loki being required to help the TVA fix the anachronisms or Varients and restore the Sacred Timeline, and the Varient he’s going after is himself!

The time travel bit at the end got me excited for what’s to come next. I’m ready for some Timey-Wimey action! Thankfully, the next episode is today, so I don’t have long to wait!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

News

Disney Investor Day: Marvel Edition

On December 10th, Kevin Feige announced a boatload of exciting Marvel shows and movies coming over the next three years. Plus, he debuted several highly anticipated trailers for Disney Plus shows including WandaVision, Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If?

WandaVision:

Coming January 15

A new poster was released:

Falcon and Winter Soldier:

Coming March 19

A poster was released:

Loki:

Coming May 2021

What If?:

Coming 2021

We got a Sizzle Reel for Ms. Marvel:

Coming 2021

Marvel will NOT be recasting Chadwick Boseman as T’challa. Black Panther 2 will be in theaters July 8, 2022.

Guardians of the Galaxy will receive two spin-offs including a holiday special written and directed by James Gunn. It will be released on Disney Plus in 2022. The other spin-off is series of shorts featuring Groot. It’s called I Am Groot, and will feature “several new and unusual characters.” It will stream on Disney Plus. Guardians of the Galaxy will release in theaters sometime in 2023

Ant-Man 3’s subtitle is Quantummania. Katheryn Newton is joining the cast as Cassie Lang, and Jonathan Majors has been officially confirmed to be playing Kang the Conqueror.

A new Disney Plus series, Secret Invasion, was announced. It will star Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury, and the return of Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, everyone’s favorite Skrull from Captain Marvel.

Another new series for Disney Plus was announced: Ironheart. Dominique Thorne will Riri Williams.

Don Cheadle will be returning as James Rhodes in the upcoming Disney Plus series, Armor Wars. It will be about what happens when Tony’s tech ends up in the wrong hands.

Moon Knight is about a “complex vigilante.” According to Kevin Feige is an “Indiana Jones-story.”

Tatiana Maslany is confirmed as She-Hulk. Mark Ruffalo will be returning as Bruce Banner, and Tim Roth will be returning as the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk (2008).

Hawkeye will be coming to Disney Plus in late 2021.

Here’s a first look at Hailee Steinfeld in action as Kate Bishop.

Christian Bale will be playing Gorr the God Butcher, the villain of Thor: Love and Thunder. It will be out in theaters May 6, 2022.

Iman Vellani (Ms. Marvel) has joined the cast of Captain Marvel 2 along with Teyonah Parris (Adult Monica Rambeau). It will release in theaters November 11, 2022.

Xochitl Gomez is confirmed to play America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It will release in theaters March 25, 2022. Kevin Feige describes Director Sam Raimi’s work on it as “scary, thrilling and mind-bending.”

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be released on July 9, 2021.

There will be announcements about Blade “very, very soon.”

John Watts will direct the Fantastic Four MCU reboot.

On the Pixar side of things, Chris Evan’s will be lending his voice to the human version of Buzz Lightyear in a prequel called Lightyear. It will land in theaters June 17, 2022.

In other news, Deadline reported that Jaimie Alexander will return to the MCU as Lady Sif in Thor: Love and Thunder. It’s also rumored that she’ll appear in Loki as well.

Which upcoming Marvel project are you most excited for? Personally, I’m most excited for WandaVision and Hawkeye. Leave a comment. I’d love to read them.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

News

Deaf Clint, Two Spideys, WandaVision Oh, My!

Entertainment Weekly released their latest magazine where upcoming Disney Plus show, WandaVision takes center stage on the cover.

Four new gorgeous black and white stills were also released.

I spot Speed and Wiccan!
I’m getting total Dick Van Dyke Show Vibes!
Welcome to the fifties!
Bewitched by the Scarlet Witch. Sam, is that you?

Here’s the link to the cover story. It was so much fun to read!
https://ew.com/tv/wandavision-marvel-cover-story/

WandaVision will debut on Disney Plus on January 15, 2021.

Murphy’s Multiverse revealed that WandaVision will receive a Behind the Scenes Gallery series similar to what Star Wars did with The Mandalorian. I hope this means we eventually get a Behind the Scenes look at Loki and Falcon and Winter Soldier as well.

Small Screen has reported that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man will make a cameo appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Andrew Garfield is in talks to reprise his Spidey as well. If this true, perhaps rumors of a live action Spiderverse movie are true too.

Ryan Reynolds will reportedly be making his MCU debut as Deadpool in the Doctor Strange sequel as well.

Charles Murphy, of Murphy’s Multiverse, has reported that Ms. Marvel has started filming in Atlanta.

As of November 13th, Loki has 4-5 weeks of filming left according to Executive Vice President Victoria Alonso.

Murphy’s Multiverse has reported that Clint Barton will be going deaf during the Hawkeye show.

According to a casting notice, “They are actively looking for a middle-aged Chinese audiologist, who works in a rundown building and is off-the-books.”

This is something that fans have wanted to see happen for a long time. Now it seems like is finally happening.

Chris Pratt has confirmed that he’ll be reprising his role as Star Lord in Thor: Love and Thunder.


Rumors

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According to Daniel Richtman, Ryan Reynolds wants to spend more time out of the Deadpool mask in future MCU Projects.

It’s been rumored by Geekosity’s Mikey Sutton that Iron Fist will make his MCU debut in Shang-Chi 2. Finn Jones is unlikely to return as Iron Fist:

Shang-Chi 2 is looking increasingly like the movie for Iron Fist to make his cinematic debut. The chances of Finn Jones reprising the role are dim, though. According to my sources, Kevin Feige was not particularly impressed with Netflix’ Iron Fist. Out of all the Defenders series on Netflix, it certainly had the most polarized response by the fans and the critics weren’t exactly knocked out, either. Limited in budget and lacking in the intense and believable fight choreography to pull it off, Iron Fist simply didn’t fulfill its potential.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

News

Finally! News!

Because of Covid-19 and Hollywood’s shutdown, there hasn’t been much in the way of news. But there’s some this week so let’s get to it!

Marvel News

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According to The Wrap, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may experience further filming delays due to Covid-19. Hopefully, Marvel can figure out how to handle the many safety restrictions in order to begin filming sooner rather than later.

According to TheCinemaSpot, Hercules will be making his MCU debut in the near future. The project he will appear in is currently unknown.

Murphy’s Multiverse reported that Evan Peters (Quicksilver in the X-Men films) has joined the cast of WandaVision in an unknown role.

Tampa Bay Comic Con announced that Paul Bettany had to cancel his appearance because WandaVision will resume filming in July.

 

 

Rumors

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According to @MsLizzieHill, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki will also resume filming.

There’s a possibility of a Falcon and the Winter Soldier season 2. If so, it would have a different title. Here’s what Charles Murphy had to say about it on the Murphy’s Multiverse podcast:

“Coming out of season one, [Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson] are going to have gone through something traumatic and be different.

 There was definitely at one point a plan for a second season. If they did have season two, it wouldn’t be called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 2, it would be a thematically related thing with a different name.”

It would be so awesome if this turns out to be true!

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading!

Over and out,

Captain Stark