Well as soon as I went on Twitter this morning I was spoiled for who would appear in the episode, boo. You all know who it is, right? Well, spoilers from here on anyway.
This has been a very entertaining season and I liked a lot of it, but I really don’t like the multiverse stuff. I wish I did, but I’m not even really looking forward to the new Spider-Man movie when all’s said and done. It just seems to make everything less relatable and somehow smaller, knowing that all these Avengers and Guardians and normal people on fictional Earth don’t have free will within their own universe. Every big decision they made in the previous movies, those were all things that were going to happen anyway, and it just… deflates it all somewhat. (I accept this is also a problem humankind has with the concept of God in real life.)
What else? Uh, all the acting in this show has been amazing. Did it come out too late for anyone to get an Emmy nod? I would’ve nominated Richard E. Grant for best guest actor, he was amazing, probably my favourite thing about this show.
Gotta say I never expected Greta Thurnberg or Nelson Mandala to have a cameo in a MCU project. About that… I’m sure there was nothing but good intentions behind it, probably, but it feels really wrong to have a little voice montage of famous people’s speeches and throw some MCU quotes in there as if reality and fiction was interchangable. I love “Grief is just love persevering” as much as the next person but Vision isn’t realllllly on the same level of importance as Malala Yousafzai, you know? I mean I can talk your ear off for hours about how stories make us human but Disney shouldn’t be editing in its own characters alongside very real people who fought against very real still-ongoing things, they just shouldn’t. Oh that was wince-worthy. Please no-one do that again.
On a lighter note…
As much as I enjoyed Jonathan Majors in the role, Lego Kang will always be my favourite favourite Kang.
-It’s nice to have Loki confirmed as bi, a good step forward, but I have a dark feeling this will never be mentioned again and he’ll never be in a same-sex relationship, because Disney.
-Whoa Sif?! She hasn’t been in anything since Agents of Shield and I dunno if that’s even canon anymore. Is she even going to be in the new Thor movie, I can’t remember.
-So it seems like Natasha won’t be in this after all which I find terribly disappointing, like lots of people I was sure I saw her in the trailer but no that was Sylvie instead, who has a similar hairstyle.
-But that being said I love everything about Sylvie! Love her look, her fighting style, that cool little crown that doubles as a weapon, everything. I would definitely watch a Sylvie prequel show.
Why can’t I get MY hair to go like that?
-I’m not sure if I’ve got this “TVA kidnapping variants” thing exactly right but what if everyone working at the TVA is a variant of someone we already know? Like there’s Tony Starks and Black Panthers and Steve Rogerses running around there plucked outta their timelines and we don’t know cos they look different?!
-If this show is going the way I think, Loki having to become the best version of himself after facing everything he did wrong, I’m gonna start calling this show “MCU does The Good Place.” Cos, you know, quite a few similarities already.
-Oh my gosh a crocodile Loki! I’m gonna call him Crocoloki.
Hm… A lot of this feels like setup for the upcoming Multiverse stuff (which I have increasingly mixed feelings about) more than anything else. Also man, it’s really pushed the MCU over into “needlessly convoluted and complicated” territory now, which I was always hoping they might be able to avoid for… well, a few more years at least.
I appreciate that Frigga (or well, her ghost) plays a large role here, and it amuses me no end that the much-maligned but actually totally one of my favourites Thor: The Dark World continues to be one of the most important films in the entire MCU.
One little throwaway line here, “You’re that criminal with the blue box!” strikes me as possibly being a nod to Doctor Who, but I could be wrong.
I enjoyed the D.B. Cooper bit more than I thought I was going to, but there is still only one D.B. Cooper conspiracy theory for me.
(Not sure if I’m gonna “review” this show every week, life is super busy, we’ll see.)
On this day last year, Avengers: Endgame came out. I saw it in a theater with a bunch of other cheering fans, a situation I’ve never really been in before, and it was so much fun.
Loki got the biggest cheer of all (there was one group of dudes who seemed to be big Loki fans), I cheered for Gamora because heck if Loki’s getting a cheer she gets one too, everyone went nuts when Cap caught the hammer, when the Black Panther crew appeared and at “Assemble!”
I know not everyone likes cheering in a cinema, but it was really honestly quite electrifying for me.