Loki episode 1 recap: Thor's brother gets nabbed by Marvel's time cops

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The Disney Plus show is burdened with glorious purpose as it picks up one of Avengers: Endgame's most intriguing plot threads.
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So long WandaVision. Hit the road Falcon and Winter Soldier. It's Loki time. The God of Mischief's series premiered on Wednesday, sending the morally dubious Marvel Cinematic Universe villain on a solo adventure after his escape in Avengers: Endgame.

The show's version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), however, isn't the one who made peace with his brother Thor shortly before being slain by Thanos -- this is actually Loki from an earlier point in the MCU timeline.

After his defeat at the Battle of New York in 2012's Avengers, Loki was originally brought home to Asgard to face justice. However, the Avengers revisited this moment through time travel and inadvertently gave him the chance to teleport away with the powerful Tesseract, a move that created a branch in the timeline. Whoops.

This show follows the meaner, crueler Loki immediately from that moment. Let's follow the new timeline into SPOILER territory.

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The other variant

In the episode's final moments, Loki accepts that he can't compete with the powers wielded by the chronological cops of the Time Variance Authority. Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) reveals that our Loki isn't the only Loki variant running around -- another version of him has been creating timeline chaos by killing teams of TVA agents in various eras and stealing their reset charges.

We know the variant traveled to 1549 France and 1858 Oklahoma to draw agents into traps. It's unclear why they chose those points in the timeline, but it proves that TVA employees can be killed -- you just need to know how to counter their gadgets and get the drop on them.

One of the TVA agents notices oil in 1858 Salina, Oklahoma, and assumes someone used a time machine to travel back from the future to get rich. In real life, oil was discovered in the town in 1859, so it'd make sense for an enterprising time traveler to try such a stunt.

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