The first trailer for the Disney + Loki series, starring Tom Hiddleston, was released last night. The trailer gives us clues as to why the time travels that had been talked about so much during the shoot, as well as the many nods to Marvel comics, and does not reveal the role of Owen Wilson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the Series.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Loki was killed by Thanos but in Avengers: Endgame a small mishap caused by the Hulk in time travel, made a Loki already imprisoned after the battle of New York in 2012 take the Tesseract to teleport and escape captivity at the hands of the avengers. Loki in this version of his character will however find himself a prisoner of a different organization: the Time Variation Authority, which monitors the different timelines and possible universes throughout the Marvel multiverse and will be forced to work for them.
It continues right at the moment it left it in Avengers: endgame
The first scene that we can see in the trailer is just the moment in which the avengers have traveled in time to the battle of New York to recover the Tesseract, but a clash of Tony Stark from the future with the Hulk of 2012 causes it to end the “cosmic cube” in the hands of a Loki in the custody of the Avengers of that timeline giving him the opportunity to escape.
Explanation of where Loki escaped.
In the trailer we can see that Loki ends up in a desert and meets some people who are apparently wearing Mongolian clothes, so everything indicates that Loki ends up in the Gobi desert, which extends through parts of southern Mongolia and the north. from China. However, we first see in this scene Loki surprised by the place, so he had not planned to travel there, so it raises a question In which Earth has Loki ended up if it is Earth 616 of the MCU or another place in the multiverse?
Where is the Tesseract?
This scene in the desert takes place immediately after Loki teleports out of New York City using the Tesseract, but it seems that somewhere along the way he lost control of it and lost it. The state of the Infinity Stones in the MCU is a bit confusing as they were reduced to atoms by Thanos after having accomplished his goal of eliminating half of all life in the universe, but the Avengers then returned to different points in the time to “borrow” past versions of the gems and being able to use them to undo Thanos’ snap.
Captain America went back in time again to return all the infinity gems to the point where they were taken. However, he had no way of returning the Tesseract that Loki stole. Did the Tesseract in Loki’s possession cease to exist after he used it?
The authority of time variation.
At some point, seemingly not long after his desert landing, Loki ends up in the custody of the Time Variance Authority, or TVA: a vast organization tasked with keeping track of the many, many, many realities in the entire multiverse, and can cut timelines if deemed too dangerous to exist. They also take steps to prevent other beings from altering the past or future. So the change in the timeline with Loki as the protagonist certainly draws the attention of the TVA who decides that instead of killing Loki or throwing him into a cell, they recruit him as an agent.
Owen Wilson as Mr. Mobius.
The subtitles of the Loki trailer confirm that Owen Wilson plays Mr. Mobius, a senior middle manager at the Time Variation Authority, genetically engineered like many other Authority executives and agents. He rose through the ranks due to his perseverance and love of detail. Your job is to keep track of the various timelines, determining your destination, if necessary. Mobius is loosely based on Marvel comic writer and editor Mark Gruenwald, who died of a heart attack in 1996 at just 43 years old.
Mobius was first seen in Fantastic Four # 352 when Marvel’s first family was arrested for repeatedly interfering with timelines through time travel. Doctor Doom was supposed to be arrested with them, but he managed to fake his death and hide. Mr. Fantastic tried to defend his team, pointing out that their actions were similar to those of the Avengers and the X-Men, who had not been arrested. This only led to Mobius investigating these files as well, forming a plan to discontinue his timeline.
Before Mobius could pass judgment, Sharon started flirting with him. Trying to impress her, Mobius took the Fantastic Four on a tour of their offices. This gave them the time and information necessary to escape. Thanks to some sabotage, his timeline disappeared from the Authority’s records, rendering it temporarily undetectable. Mobius moved it later but decided to leave it at that.
Who is the hooded character in the trailer?
This mysterious hooded figure appears multiple times throughout the Loki trailer, first seen standing on tall grassy terrain amid the eerie blue mist. The figure drops the flashlight he is holding and attacks the TVA agents. He also appears later in the trailer, watching over a TVA mission in a supermarket through a room full of CCTV monitors. Everything indicates that this is Loki’s main villain, but given the twisted nature of the multiverse, it could also be an alternate version of Loki. Since MCU villains tend to be mirrors of heroes (like Abomination being an evil Hulk, Iron Monger being an evil Iron Man, Yellow Jacket being an evil Ant-Man, or Kill Monger from Black Panther), so making the antagonist literally a mirror image of Loki could be interesting and why his face is not showing in these early images. And who better to face an even more twisted version of Loki than Loki himself, because that would also explain his recruitment at TVA.