The Disney+ series Loki finally debuted and it has already reshaped the future of MCU with just one episode. The series is all set to focus on Loki’s variant’s journey from here on now with the TVA. Mobius left the episode on a major cliffhanger by stating that they need Loki… to catch Loki! While it engulfs Loki’s future shenanigans, it also includes some major throwback to Thor: The Dark World. So if you are thinking about why the movie was included in the first episode, let me tell you how Loki is saving Thor The Dark World whilst influencing the character.
Here’s How Loki Is Saving Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World gets a lot of criticism. In fact, a large number of fans have labeled The Dark World as the worst of all the MCU movies. of course, it is debatable. But Loki episode 1 called back to Thor: The Dark World and highlighted one of its most important moments. And let me tell you, it’s utterly important for Loki’s character development.
The scene focused on the fate of Loki and Thor’s mother, Frigga, played by Rene Russo. Loki’s role in Frigga’s death was explored in a meaningful, emotional manner. You must remember that Loki, at the period of the episode is highly vulnerable. Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) made Loki realize that her mother’s death at the hands of Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) was his fault. Loki has never been portrayed as an emotional character naturally. But this scene reversed it.
As Loki gets the center stage in this series, this is a huge character moment for him. So it was actually good to see the series focus on it more deeply. Moreover, Loki is saving Thor: The Dark World by stating that every little incident was meant to happen just the way it happened. This moment shows that the God of Mischief, who loves to kill, is actually the opposite. He’s emotional and scared of losing his family.
Loki Reveals Why God Of Mischief Kills People
Mobius pinpointed a particular moment from Loki’s life, and that was the murder of Agent Coulson. The initial exploration was why Loki kills. The episode gave us a glimpse into Loki’s psyche by going into the real reason for why he hurts people. Apparently, it’s all about the illusion of power, and not a desire to bring harm to others. While explaining the analogy, he referred to himself as the “weak” one. This is how the conversation went like:
LOKI: I don’t enjoy hurting people. I don’t enjoy it. I do it because I have to. Because I’ve had to.
MOBIUS: Ok, explain that to me.
LOKI: Because it’s part of the illusion. It’s the cruel elaborate trick: conjure the weak to inspire fear.
MOBIUS: A desperate play for control, you do know yourself.
LOKI: A villain.
MOBIUS: That’s not how I see it.
This helps explain why Loki has constantly betrayed his brother Thor (including in The Dark World). He has always struggled with staying on the right path. Moreover, this version of Loki is still unaware of many events. But the crucial moments have been presented to him and it is about time that he changes. But this is not where the series stop. There is another way in which Loki is saving Thor: The Dark World.
Loki & The Dark World Connection With Multiverse
As Mobius stated himself, the TVA knows your past and future. Miss Minutes; presentation explained that the Multiverse was thrown in disarray because of the temporal war for supremacy. Hence, Loki’s branch reality is something that is not intended by the TVA. That’s why it’s a crime. But this concept was subtly hinted at previously in one of the most criticized movies of the MCU, and that is Thor: The Dark World.
This concept being a part of the MCU was teased through Eric Selvig’s chalkboard in The Dark World. Though at that point in time it would have seemed irrelevant, only now is it becoming truly important. As the show moves forward, it’s possible that Loki will bring in more connections to the second Thor film, particularly ones pertaining to the God of Mischief’s arc.
Loki stars Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, and Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, and Eugene Cordero in undisclosed roles. The first episode is now streaming on Disney+.