LOKI Season 2 Reviews Promise An MCU Return To Form But Seem Weary Of More Multiversal Storytelling

LOKI Season 2 Reviews Promise An MCU Return To Form But Seem Weary Of More Multiversal Storytelling LOKI Season 2 Reviews Promise An MCU Return To Form But Seem Weary Of More Multiversal Storytelling

Is it time to wrap up the Multiverse Saga? While some critics seem to think so, the overall consensus is that Loki season 2 is a return to form for Marvel Studios after a few disappointing efforts...

By JoshWilding - Oct 03, 2023 10:10 AM EST
Filed Under: Loki

The review embargo for Loki season 2 has lifted, but what are critics saying about the God of Mischief's long-awaited return to Disney+? 

The Hollywood Reporter seems mixed on the series after watching the first four episodes, wondering if "maybe Loki will continue to just be tantalizingly atmospheric, playfully kitschy and somewhat purposeless. It’s a lava lamp of a TV show, one that in a different timeline feels like it could have been truly illuminating." The Wrap, on the other hand, praises Loki and notes, "Characters with compelling issues, high existential drama, quirky comedy and world-threatening action are blended better than in any other Disney+ show to date."

Empire awards Loki 4* and concludes by saying, "With the multiverse teetering all around it, Loki is one strand of the timeline that is sustaining its originality and intention - and actually thriving. It’s about time." Total Film, meanwhile, goes with 3.5*: "Loki season 2 is a fast-paced and thrilling return to the world of the TVA, but its focus on the bigger Marvel picture loses some of the God of Mischief’s magic."

Discussing Film awards top marks and believes the show "easily has the potential to be the best season of television for an original Marvel series on Disney+ yet." Radio Times agrees by saying it's a "much-needed win for the MCU" and Slash Film argues that it fulfils the Multiverse's potential in a return that "[delivers] a sharply directed, tightly-scripted, and constantly entertaining thrill ride that should please the diehards even as it wins over even the most jaded of fans."

USA Today appreciated something different from Marvel Studios and ends by stating, "The new season of 'Loki' is a scrappy time-travel caper, a ticking-clock sci-fi thriller and a workplace comedy all rolled together, and a reminder that oddball creativity still goes a long way in the MCU."

IGN, unfortunately, was less impressed. "Those expecting a new multiversally manic season of Loki should temper their expectations," reads the site's 5/10 verdict. "The absence of director Kate Herron has seemingly removed the series’ wily sense of anything-goes possibility, effectively turning Season 2 – and, shockingly, Loki himself – into an obedient, uninteresting cog in the MCU’s increasingly unwieldy mega-structure."

Of course, we have to include our superhero-hating pals at IndieWire who award the show a "C" grade and dub this a "maddeningly loopy, levity-resistant second season." Still, The Evening Standard also wasn't impressed and feel "it's all a bit wearying."

In our review published earlier today, we wrapped up by saying, "A masterclass in imaginative storytelling, Loki season 2 is the MCU at its best and a riveting new chapter in the Multiverse Saga that’s mind-bending, monumental, and utterly marvellous. And as a bonus, Ke Huy Quan is a scene-stealing delight!"

CBM's Rohan Patel has also chimed in to declare, "Loki season two is a high-stakes magical experience that will ultimately leave your jaw on the floor, with the highest of stakes and twists and turns that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat."

Loki season 2 premieres on Disney+ on October 5.

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tmp3 - 10/3/2023, 11:00 AM
Just finished watching #LokiSeason2, and it's like Kafka meets the Marvel Multiverse! 😱 The mind-bending paradoxes, the existential questions, and that unpredictability! 🕰️ Tom Hiddleston shines brighter than the Tesseract. 🌌 It's like a Rick and Morty adventure in the Marvel cosmos! 🌟 Prepare to have your reality shattered! 🔥 #Loki #KafkaesqueMarvel #RickAndMortyMarvelCrossover?
GhostDog - 10/3/2023, 11:10 AM
Season 1 was pretty damn good but the multiverse stuff, which I’m biased as I’ve never being a big fan of it, seems to be getting tired fast.

That being said, something tells me Invincible’s second season will find a way to make it more interesting than the big brands have.
mountainman - 10/3/2023, 11:16 AM
@GhostDog - Invincible is by far the best Superhero content on TV right now.
GhostDog - 10/3/2023, 11:19 AM
@mountainman - easy and it’s not even close. My Adventures with Superman was a breath of fresh air too recently.

Animation allows for so much.
McMurdo - 10/3/2023, 12:08 PM
@mountainman - season 2 is out now???
mountainman - 10/3/2023, 1:55 PM
@McMurdo - Not yet. Just a single new episode released so far. I think S2 is November.
RegularPoochie - 10/3/2023, 10:43 PM
@mountainman - what?
AllsGood - 10/3/2023, 11:15 AM
Rotten Tomatoes.




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ShellHead - 10/3/2023, 11:37 AM
My thing is, Loki S1 was deep in multiverse and metaphysics from the start, so I don't know how people were expecting S2 to not do that also?

At the end of the day, any multiverse story Marvel or otherwise, is just a storytelling opportunity to be creative with setting, tone, and character turns. That's all. It's not some mandatory thing that scifi movies have to do, it's just what the creators want to do with the characters - put them in different situations.

I think critical fatigue with multiverse stuff is poorly veiled dislike of the genre generally.
Oberlin4Prez - 10/3/2023, 12:35 PM
Still don’t understand why they have Loki looking like a lizard person on that poster, but I’m excited for this season.
Izaizaiza - 10/3/2023, 1:03 PM
Multiverse stories are always in danger of collapsing under convoluted twists and no stakes. I'm definitely feeling multiverse fatigue, but also hopeful Marvel surprises me with some good stuff, since they have gone all in for the foreseeable future
CharlesLeeRay - 10/3/2023, 1:14 PM
Season 1 was great, but can we have Loki with actual god-like powers?
LSHF - 10/3/2023, 1:38 PM
The multi-verse story isn't finished partly because of the future ramifications.

I'm not even close to being fatigued, as there are many potential great stories and things they have yet to do.

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