It all comes down to this, the final episode of Loki, and everything we thought we knew about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to change…..forever.
At the end of time, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) discover a lost citadel and the man who has been pulling the strings behind the Time Variance Authority and all of time itself. And he has an offer for them. An offer that will change everything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe…forever.
Week by week and episode by episode the epicness of Loki has grown and changed before our eyes. It was a series that started weird and only got stranger and opened our eyes to a previously unseen side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with a power that none of us could comprehend. We saw a god change and meet many new parts of himself, and now in ‘For All Time. Always’, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), along with his counterpart and the variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) have reached the end of time, and this final episode of Loki Season One makes for one very epic conclusion.
From the start, director Kate Herron keeps audiences guessing and as she reveals her narrative we see the entire MCU change before us. In Loki, we learnt that time was the greatest power in the entire universe and that no one, regardless of their own personal power, could escape its grasp. And all of that is brought to the screen in this final episode. And Herron completely changes up the narrative before our eyes. Not only does she play Loki and Sylvie off of one another, but she introduces audiences to a major new character who is set to shape this new chapter of the MCU.
That character is He Who Remains, who is played to a masterful level by Jonathan Majors, and this character of He Who Remains also happens to be a variant of the galactic conqueror Kang. And it’s a reveal that has huge significance for the MCU going forward. As He Who Remains, aka a Kang variant, Majors is off the chain and this kooky, benevolent Einstein-like character who reveals himself from behind the curtain and confirms that it was he who has been shaping the events of all time. In his appearance Majors sets the stage for things to come and gives us an insight into the motivations of Kang and he’s damn impressive in the role. It’s an epic MCU debut and Majors is shaping up to be an incredibly important presence within the forthcoming next chapter of the MCU.
The epicentre of ‘For All Time. Always’ centres on a series of increasingly complex and shocking monologues delivered by Majors’ He Who Remains, and this ‘time keeper’ lays it out, plain and simple, for Loki and Sylvie. Placing emphasis on the need for order to control an even greater chaos, and the devils that it will bring forth, Majors keeps audiences on edge the whole way through and you’ll be wanting to watch and decipher this series of dialogues multiple times. Conversing on order, free will, villainy and things that have been and are still to come, Majors sets the stage for an ultimate danger that will make its presence very known in the MCU.
From beginning to end you’re completely hooked by every single moment of ‘For All Time. Always’, and I can say that this ending is the single most shocking sci-fi ending I can think of since the original 1968 Plant of the Apes. Hiddleston’s reaction to the ending of this episode is utterly shocking and is the perfect end-note for an incredibly complex and completely different Marvel experience for fans. And it’s about to get very interesting going forward from here.
‘For All Time. Always’ is an excellent piece of television and the perfect final chapter to another incredible piece of work from Marvel Studios. Right from the start, this series has completely changed up our expectations of what a Marvel television series is and Herron and her team have brought incredible energy and creativity to this series the whole way through. And this is ultimately the first chapter in a long saga of which I am very excited to see the next instalment of.
With startling revelations and one hell of an ending Loki ‘For All Time. Always’ was utterly amazing, and with the conclusion of this series….so begins the multiverse.
Loki is available to stream on Disney+
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