Loki has finally proven why he’s the best Loki variant
The question of who the Superior Loki is ran through Season 1. The 2012 Loki evolved throughout its Disney + series and became the best variant of them all.
Warning: SPOILERS for Loki Season 1 finale – “For all time. Always.”
In Loki, the god of mischief played by Tom Hiddleston has finally proven himself to be the best of Loki’s variants by showing that he has the will and the ability to grow and change for the better. Fascinatingly, this 2012 Loki variant evolved in a similar way to how the original Loki changed before his death in Avengers: Infinity War. The Loki variant transformation even echoes what Thor (Chris Hemsworth) told the Loki he knew in Thor: Ragnarok.
Loki introduces the concept of Loki Variants and cleverly juxtaposes the God of Mischief Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have fallen in love with multiple versions of all shapes and sizes across the multiverse. Loki’s main counterpart in her Disney + series is Sylvie (Sophie Di Martino), a female variant who has spent her long life fleeing the Time Variance Authority and plotting her revenge against the Time-Keepers. Loki also featured other memorable Loki variations such as Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant), Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei), President Loki (also Tom Hiddleston) and even Alligator Loki. The question of who is the “Superior Loki” was posed in Episode 2 after the God of Mischief became a consultant for the TVA and it became a running joke as more and more (and weirder) versions of Loki appeared.
Loki’s transformation was completed in the Season 1 finale, “For All Time. Always,” when the God of Mischief rejected many reward offers from the One Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), such as the Throne of Asgard, his own Infinity Gauntlet and even Loki and Sophie becoming the new leaders of TVA. Loki had previously developed romantic feelings for Sylvie, but more importantly, the god of mischief had come to realize the madness of his whole life: his belief in her. “Glorious goal” was just a personal quest to find happiness and fulfillment that he will never achieve through conquest and bad deeds. This was the breakthrough Loki was trying to pass on to Sylvie, who believed he just wanted a throne. But Loki didn’t want a throne or power; what mattered to her was that Sylvie had not made the terrible mistake of thinking that her revenge against the One Who Remains would make her happy. Tragically, Sylvie behaved like an obligation of Loki: she banished Loki and killed The One Who Remains, which completely turned the sacred timeline upside down.
Loki’s change mirrored what Thor had told his brother in Ragnarok: “See Loki, life is… It’s about growth, it’s about change, but you just seem like you want to stay the same.” I guess what I’m trying to say is that you will always be the god of mischief, but you could be more. ” This is basically the lesson Loki learned that he tried to communicate to Sylvie but he didn’t have the words. For his part, Thor would be amazed if he saw the rapid growth that the Loki variant has undergone. But for Loki, her own evolution was not enough to save Sylvie, who condemned herself to make the mistakes that almost all Loki make when confusing. “Glorious goal” for happiness and fulfillment.
Despite Loki’s grief, he has indeed changed for the better. Loki learned the meanings of love with Sylvie, friendship with Mobius (Owen Wilson), and sacrifice. The only other Loki Variant who constantly wondered what it meant to be a Loki was Classic Loki in The Void. He was disgusted with the greed and madness of Loki’s other variants and saw the same ugliness in him. Classic Loki achieved a higher form of nobility by finding his own “Glorious goal” and sacrificing themselves to Alioth so that Loki and Sylvie can find the Citadel at the end of time.
After losing Sylvie, seeing the Sacred Timeline transformed, Mobius and TVA no longer knowing who he is, and Kang Variants about to unleash a new multiversal war, the 2012 Variant can feel like an epic failure as than Loki. But on an important personal level, Loki has become a much better Loki than he has ever been before. This is the best variant of Loki, and maybe just what it takes to save the sacred timeline in Loki season 2.
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Loki will return for season 2 on Disney +.
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