Loki: Who Is The Mysterious Villain Tampering With The Timelines?

Loki is the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe series to air on Disney+. Tom Hiddleston returns to star as a time-displaced version of the god of mischief. The series follows Wandavision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as the third installment of Phase Four of the MCU. The show starts off immediately where we left him in Avenger’s Endgame. During a time heist gone wrong, the God of Mischief got his hands on the tesseract. Utilizing the space stone, he was able to teleport away from Shield custody. This was following his apprehension after the attack on New York in 2012. However, his freedom doesn’t last long; the time displaced villain is immediately captured by the Time Variance Authority (TVA).

Loki and Mobius

Loki, now labeled a “time variant” for his time displacement, is due to face harsh punishment for his tampering of the timelines. The adopted son of Odin is fortunately spared due to the pleads of one Mobius M. Mobius (played by Owen Wilson, Wow!). The aforementioned character is a seasoned TVA manager that is currently hunting a highly dangerous time variant. Mobius believes that Loki can help the TVA catch this elusive villain. This is all very different from anything we have seen in the MCU so far, but all the charm, emotion, and comedy is all still present.

All The MCU Charm Is Here

The series starts off running. The world building and characters hit immediately. The show does a fantastic job of introducing this new dimension in only one episode’s time. Mobius is already a fan-favorite character and the desk-dwelling Casey is already becoming a meme. Casey (who doesn’t know what a fish is), reveals that even the infinity stones are powerless at the TVA. This has huge implications on the future of the MCU. Loki is a charming devil, so it is only fitting that his show brings plenty with its humor and supporting cast.

Loki and Mobius

The first episode contains a hilarious cutaway gag that reveals that Loki is the infamous D.B. Cooper. For those unaware, this is a reference to the real-life hijacking of a Northwest Orient Airlines (now absorbed by Delta) plane. The real life event plays out exactly as it did in the show, with Cooper showing a flight attendant a note and revealing that he had a bomb. He demanded (what today would be) $1.2 million, four parachutes, and a full fuel tank for the plane. I have a feeling this is only the beginning of the shenanigans we will see throughout the show.

Loki as D.B. Cooper

Comedy and charm aren’t all the show has going for it, as there is also a big twist at the end of the first episode.

Who Is The Mysterious New Villain?

If you are avoiding spoilers, read no further.

Loki

At the end of the first episode it is revealed that the variant Mobius is after is Loki himself. This is the reason why Mobius needs his help to track down the villain. Mobius believes that the god of mischief is not a bad guy and that he doesn’t like hurting people. Loki admits that this is true, and that he only inflicts pain because he has to. This is an interesting development, because the Loki Mobius is after seems to have no problem with burning people to death. What is the main different between the Loki of 2012 and the one committing all of these atrocities throughout time? Who is this estranged version of the god of mischief? We have a couple of theories.

Kid Loki

We know that the MCU has been building towards the introduction of the Young Avengers. Wandavision introduced Wiccan and Speed; The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced Patriot; and other future MCU movies and shows will debut young heroes such as Miss America (in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Bishop (Hawkeye), Stature (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania), and more. Could the show be working to introduce Kid Loki? It is hard to imagine that a kid is burning people to death, but Thor has mentioned that he was always cruel. If the villain is an adult variation of the character, perhaps he becomes a child one way or another.

Kid Loki

There is speculation that Jack Veal will be playing Kid Loki in the series. This could be their way of introducing the character. Perhaps Kid Loki joins the 2012 Loki in tracking down the Loki at-large. Anything is possible in a show that deals with multiple dimensions and timelines. Whether he is a bad kid or not, we suspect that Kid Loki will be making an appearance in the show.

Lady Loki

Lady Loki

The silhouette of the shadowy villain looked to be of an adult, so this theory is more likely (unless Kid Loki is manipulating his height). There are plenty of versions of Loki throughout the universe. It is possible we will see Lady Loki in the series. The point has been made that Loki is gender-fluid. What is stopping the cruelest Loki across the timelines from identifying as (or being) female? Actress Sophia Di Martino is also casted in the series in an undisclosed role. It is likely that we will see Lady Loki as the main villain in the series. Who is a better villain for Loki than Loki? We do not know if Lady Loki will be a misunderstood anti-hero or a true villain, but we speculate it is her we saw at the end of the first episode.

What did you think of the first episode? Are you already hooked like I am? let us know in the comments.