Loki trailer breakdown: Throwbacks, swords, and mistrust

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios' LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios' LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved. /

A new Loki trailer has sent Marvel fans into a tizzy. What are the new details we’ve learned about the show and, more importantly, what is this show even about?

While the trailer gives us some inkling into what to expect from the series, the focus is clearly on suspense than the story. One can assume that the show is so full of Easter Eggs that including anything more in the trailer would be a dead giveaway.

This new Loki trailer is less confusing than the first, but to get any answers, fans will still have to wait till June 11, the release date for Loki on Disney Plus.

So, what happens in the trailer? And what does it all mean for Loki, one of the most beloved, albeit unreliable, villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

We break down all the important moments from the trailer and explain what they could mean.

Loki Trailer: Where is Loki?

Who is this Loki? This is the Loki who escaped from Earth with the Tesseract in 2012 after the Avengers from the future bungled their mission. It’s important to remember that this Loki has not experienced the events from Thor: The Dark World up until Avengers: Infinity War.

The Loki trailer makes it a point to highlight that the Loki in this show is a time variant. He even wears a uniform with the word emblazoned on it.

In other words, this Loki is still a bit villainous and extremely untrustworthy. It’s also highly likely that he’s going to be annoyed at being deemed a variant when he is the only version of Loki he’s ever been.

Unlike in the first trailer, in this new Loki trailer Loki knows where he is and who he is dealing with. How Loki knows what the Time Variance Authority (TVA) is and does, we don’t yet know. Loki also clearly chafes against being held prisoner by them.

Though it’s hard to tell from the order of sequences in the trailer, it does seem like Loki will at some point fight the TVA, including Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Judge Ravonna Lexus Renslayer. Will he escape them only to be recaptured? That might be a likely plot point.

We also see more of Owen Wilson’s Mobius M. Mobius, who has recruited Variant-Loki for his unique “perspective.” It sounds more like Mobius wants to exploit Loki’s ability to lie and create illusions. For good or for bad? We will have to find out in the show.

Loki Trailer: What is Loki Up To?

Mobius does let Loki know why the TVA needs him. When Loki disappeared in 2012, he created rifts in time. Dr. Bruce Banner had a conversation with the Ancient One about this issue with time travel.

By the end of Avengers: Endgame, Captain America had returned all the Infinity Stones to their assigned places, but he clearly couldn’t do that with the Tesseract that Variant-Loki stole in 2012. It only makes sense that the TVA would want a variant to fix the problems that he caused.

What does this mean for Loki? In the new Loki trailer, we see Loki traveling to different worlds and through time. We catch a glimpse of Loki in a version of New York that has been destroyed—we even see the collapsing Avengers Tower in the distance.

Loki is also seen in the Asgardian throne room and on a purple-hued planet, dodging meteors—or worse. Apparently, fixing the timeline requires a fair amount of sword-wielding, which Variant-Loki should have no problem with, seeing as he’s from Asgard.

There’s one shot in both the previous trailer and this new Loki trailer that has fans all abuzz. We see Loki sitting alongside a reddish-haired figure, clothed in a stealth suit. Many fans believe this to be Black Widow on Vormir. But neither the timelines nor Natasha Romanoff’s hair match-up.

Who could the character be? We aren’t quite sure, but many have surmised that the person is a version of Loki, Lady-Loki, to be precise. Could Loki’s adventures with the TVA see him meeting other versions of himself?

That’s either going to give Variant-Loki an existential crisis, or he’s going to team up with his alternates and take over the TVA. We would enjoy watching that.

There’s also a version of Variant-Loki wearing a modern version of his Asgardian suit and crown, but with a ‘Vote Loki’ badge. Plus, Loki suits up as D.B. Cooper, an infamous airplane hijacker who was never found. Now we know why.

We don’t get many answers from the Loki trailer, but it’s certainly whet our appetites for the show. Buckle up, everyone, because this is going to be a bumpy ride on the Bifrost.

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Loki will stream on Disney Plus from June 11, 2021.