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

News

‘WandaVision’ Rumors

Marvel News

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Avengers: Endgame was nominated for 3 Critics Choice Awards including a nomination for Special Effects.

 

MCUCosmic reported that Captain Marvel and Endgame topped Google’s movie searches for 2019.
According to @skylershuler Loki will be filming under the name “ARCHITECT”. And according to Murphy’s Multiverse, Loki will begin filming on February first at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s official! The Hollywood Reporter announced that Marvel TV is being folded into Marvel Studios which means that Marvel Studios will have full control over television projects moving forward. This includes Helstrom which was planned for Hulu. Unfortunately this means that at least twelve people will lose their jobs.

Murphy’s Multiverse reported that Desmond Chaim and Miki Ishikawa have joined the cast of Falcon and Winter Soldier in currently unknown roles.

During an Instagram Q&A, James Gunn had this to say about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3:

“The script will change because my scripts always keep changing up until the moment I shoot them.But it won’t change according to anything from Endgame, because I already knew what was in that script before I wrote Guardians 3.”

(Original Source: ComicBookMovie)

 

Rumor-Ville

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This is another rumor brought to you by Murphy’s Multiverse. This information couldn’t be confirmed with a second source, but I thought it’d be interesting to share.

Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to appear in WandaVision as Dr. Strange. If true, he’d appear in the last episode of the show. It’s rumored that he will be on set for the final week of filming.

While this is just a rumor, it’s one that makes sense as Kevin Feige has stated in previous interviews that WandaVision will tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

There’s also a rumor about Falcon and Winter Soldier. Zola is rumored to appear. Charles Murphy speculates that it could be Jet Zola, Arnim Zola’s daughter, instead of the Arnim Zola of the Captain America franchise.

For more on Jet Zola, you can go here:

What I Heard This Week: ‘THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER’


MCUCosmic has reported a rumor about who the gay hero in Eternals could be. The original poster on Box Office Theory had this to say about the character in question:

“We see Phastos, with civil costumes, in the company of two childrens and another guy, holding hands.”

(OP referring to footage shown at CCXP.)

 

Non Marvel Related Projects

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Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston will be attending ACE Comic Con in Boston, Massachusetts on March 20-22. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 17 at 12 PM EST.

You can go here for more information:

https://www.acecomiccon.com

 

The first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been released:

 

Robert Downey Jr. has a new YouTube show coming December 18: The Age of A.I.:

 

That’s all for this week. As always, thanks for reading!

Over and out,

Captain Stark

 

 

 

News

Living La Vida Loki: 2 Weeks Worth of News

Marvel News

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 Hollywood Reporter reported that Andy Serkis is officially onboard to direct Venom 2.

In an interview with Yahoo, Michelle Williams has said that she will be returning to reprise her role as Anne Weying/She-Venom in Venom 2. She’s excited to be working with Andy Serkis saying,

“I’m in. I’m such a fan of Andy’s, and I’m so inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish. He’s so gifted in such a specific way, and I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him.”

Variety reported that Gemma Chan is in talks for a currently unknown role in Eternals. She has previously played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel. If this happens, this will be the first time an actor has played a second character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not counting the times when an actor from the Netflix TV Universe has shown up in the MCU. It’s unknown whether she will play Minn-Erva or a completely different character. Unnamed Variety sources speculate it’s the latter.
Collider reported that Chernobyl actor Barry Keoghan is in talks for a currently unknown role in Eternals.
DiscussingFilm reported that Loki is expected to start filming on January 28, 2019.
MCU Cosmic reported that according to unnamed production sources, the Loki series will follow Loki as travels throughout history with his precious Tesseract. He will “change historical events.” It sounds really interesting, and I can’t wait for 2021 to get here!
In an interview with Josh Horowitz, Tom Hiddleston said he knew about the Loki series six weeks before Avengers: Infinity War. In the series, Loki will be facing “formidable opponents.”
According to HN Entertainment Korg is expected to play a larger role in Thor: Love and Thunder than what he had in Ragnarok.
In an interview with Deadline, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said, “I have spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular…
something brand new, mostly.” She was talking about a new female superhero focused project, but there’s no word on who the character or characters will be.
At a panel hosted by Parrot Analytics, Marvel Entertainment’s SVP of Original Programming and Production, Karim Zreik had this to say about Marvel Television developing shows for Disney+,
 “We are providing content for them… It’s a different platform. I think Disney+ is, you know, they’re a family brand, four-quadrant, so I think that’s what we’re targeting. I don’t think they’d be interested in the edgy stuff.”
According to Charles Murphy, host of the Murphy’s Law podcast, there’s another MCU movie coming out either May 3 or May 10 2023. There is currently no information known about the project.
During an interview with Empire, Kevin Feige teased a potential Infinity Saga boxset saying,
“If we do a big, giant Infinity Saga box set, we might include- I’m assuming if you’re going to spend the money to buy a box set with everything in it, you’re a fan. And it’ll take more than a couple of really, really bad scenes to turn you.”
During an interview with Collider, Martin Freeman confirmed the return of Everett Ross in Black Panther 2 saying, “As far as I know, I will be [returning],” Freeman said. “As far as I know, I will be in another Black Panther. That’s my understanding. As to when that will happen, I don’t know.”
According to DiscussingFilm, Marvel is searching for a Chinese-American actress to play secret agent, Leiko Wu.
GeeksWorldwide reported that Marvel is looking to cast a “ruler of a distant ancient kingdom.” They’re looking for an actor in their 30s or 40s and they’d prefer an asian actor for the role. It’s being speculated the character could show up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Black Panther 2, or Loki.
DiscussingFilm reported that 13 Reasons Why star Justin Prentice is in early talks to join Hulu’s Ghost Rider series in an unknown role.
In an interview with Deadline, Jeph Loeb said that Hulu shows like Ghost Rider and Helstrom will go under the banner Adventures Into Fear. There are other unannounced shows that will go under that banner as well.
He also confirmed Marvel Television’s Disney + involvement saying that those shows will be announced when they are ready.
He’s hoping that the upcoming crossover between Cloak and Dagger and Runaways will be successful and lead to many crossover events in the future.
In an interview with Deadline, Chris Miller confirmed that he along with Phil Lord will develop live-action TV shows based on Spider-Man characters for Sony.
Bodybuilder Oliver Richters shared on Instagram that he has joined the cast of Black Widow. His role is unknown.
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FandomWire has reported that Hayley Atwell will return as Agent Carter in the final season of Agents of Shield.
According to @BrentALang, Marvel is considering the best way to deal with Deadpool in the MCU. They are considering R-rated solo movies and PG-13 team-up movies.
MCU Cosmic reported that Awkwafina is rumored to be playing Fah Lo Suee in Shang-Chi. 
The same source has also reported that there is a “big” Disney + show in the works. It’s being speculated that it could be for Ms. Marvel, the Hulk, or something else entirely. The possibilities are endless especially after the acquisition of Fox in March.
According to a listing from the Film & Television Industry Alliance, WandaVision will begin filming on September 21, 2019 in Los Angeles.
That’s all for the last two weeks. Sorry this is late. I’ve got no WiFi where I currently live during the week and limited data. I’ll post when I can. Thanks as always for reading.
Over and out,
Captain Stark