Spoilers for Season 1 of Loki. Available now on Disney+.
Now, depending on who you ask, “hate” may be a strong word. After all, Loki is filled with tons of content that fans enjoyed; there should be no reason for anyone to “hate” it, let alone dislike it.
But like any film or television show, it is far from perfect, and it is these imperfections that we would like to explore.
Therefore, as a sort of companion piece to our previous Loki article, we have decided to compile 5 things that Marvel fans disliked about the series (in no particular order).
1. The Joke About Infinity Stones
The entirety of the MCU’s phases 1, 2, and 3 revolved around the narrative of the Infinity Stones and Thanos’ quest to collect them all. It was the single overarching story that haunted the members of the Avengers given how powerful the stones were and the looming danger they would face. Heck, beloved characters in the Marvel universe lost their lives in the struggle to prevent Thanos from destroying half of all life in the universe with his Infinity Gauntlet.
Hence, it was quite an odd choice that the Infinity Stones themselves would be likened to that of “paperweights” in Loki season 1. It may have elicited some momentary giggles among viewers, but in the larger scope of things, it felt cheap in its execution, and therefore irked a lot of fans.
2. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki As A Side Character In His Own Show
Despite Hiddleston giving a terrifically poignant performance in the show, one cannot help but notice that his character is somewhat reduced in some way to that of a side character. The show very obviously comes across as more of a Sylvie-centered narrative, and although Hiddleston’s Loki is there for most of the show, his personal story arc feels less compelling by comparison, making it a disappointing choice to some fans.
3. The Pacing In Earlier Episodes
It has to be said that episodes 1 - 3 can be a bit of a slog at times, whereby it feels as if not much of what is going on is progressing the plot. Characters are found to be walking around, having filler conversations, or sitting by themselves and brooding. While these moments of reflection and quiet contemplation would otherwise work in slow-burn dramas, they can arguably feel out of place in a superhero show.
4. Ravonna’s Unclear and Shifting Motivations
In the earlier episodes of the show, Ravonna is portrayed as a by-the-books leader and an ally to Mobius, but gradually begins to exhibit signs of possessing a darker secret of her own. While these are all well and good, it is the sudden revelation that she knew all along about the Time-Keepers being a lie and her subsequent want to get to the truth of it all that made for quite a jarring experience for the viewers. Other than the fact that the reveal was included to serve as another plot twist, there is arguably no prior reason that offers weight to her sudden shift in characterization, and it is understandable as to why fans found this part of the storyline to be a little weak. Perhaps season 2 will shed some light on this.
5. Bait And Switch
When promotional trailers for the show began to take the internet by storm, fans were teased with Loki donning many different identities, such as that of D.B. Cooper, and Politician Loki. While the scenes from the trailer do materialize within the shows’ six episodes, fans were left disappointed by the fact that in no way do these scenes play a pivotal role within the main story or being worthy of exploration.
And, that is our list!
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