Loki Discovers His Purpose in Loki Season 2 Finale
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Loki season 2 has often seemed more like a setup for the next big Marvel event than a deep dive into the character of the mischievous Loki. From the very beginning, though, Loki has made it clear that, despite all the time travel, the core of the story is about Loki finding his true purpose after many lifetimes of uncertainty.
The end of Loki season 2 feels like both a conclusion to the series and the start of a significant, long-lasting change for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the finale, “Glorious Purpose,” may not neatly tie up all the loose ends about the Time Variance Agency, Kang, and Loki’s variants, it serves as a powerful bookend to Loki’s journey and opens up new possibilities for the future.
A Shift in Focus
In the first season, Loki primarily focused on the character Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his exploration of alternate dimensions. However, the second season takes on more of an ensemble approach, highlighting characters like Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku). It explores what motivates them even when faced with the unraveling of reality.
The Consequences of Season 1
The first season revealed He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) as the source of chaos in the MCU. Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) sought revenge for her troubled upbringing, orchestrated by He Who Remains, leading to a conflict with Loki. The Loki season 2 introduced a Kang variant named Victor Timely, raising questions about his altruistic intentions and his connection with the TVA’s Ouroboros.
Despite Timely’s destined transformation into Kang, Loki portrayed him and Ouroboros as two brilliant minds conversing across time and space, challenging the expected narrative. This season hinted at a profound connection between Timely and Ouroboros, mirroring the theme of kinship explored in Loki’s relationship with Sylvie.
The Finale’s Focus on Loki
In “Glorious Purpose,” the narrative zooms in on Loki, who can now control his time-traveling abilities. He realizes the futility of trying to save all the branching timelines and the Temporal Loom. The episode emphasizes the challenges of changing the perspective of someone who is unwilling to change, especially in Loki and Sylvie’s repeated confrontations.
The finale underscores Sylvie’s consistent desire to live in her newly created reality, even if it’s short-lived. Rather than portraying her as nihilistic, “Glorious Purpose” presents Sylvie’s resolve as a mirror for Loki to consider choosing his path, aware that success is not guaranteed.
Loki’s Heroic Moment
While the idea of Ouroboros being a Kang variant is intriguing, the finale, “Glorious Purpose,” keeps the focus on Loki’s story. Despite the subtlety in exploring free will, the episode delivers a powerful moment as Loki, with a sudden ability to manipulate time, heroically contains the Temporal Loom’s explosion.
Loki’s New Role
The finale suggests that Loki, by weaving together the multiverse’s timelines, has become a new kind of timekeeper. The episode leaves some ambiguity about Loki’s role beyond connecting timelines but hints at the MCU’s new normal, with the TVA monitoring Kang variants across the multiverse.
The Future Unfolds
The episode hints at an inevitable war stemming from the events of the season, affecting Loki’s characters. Instead of building anticipation for the next Marvel project, “Glorious Purpose” concludes by focusing on Mobius and Sylvie, emphasizing their temporary freedom linked to Loki’s sacrifice.