Loki

STREAMING REVIEW:

Disney+;
Sci-Fi;
Not rated.
Stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Richard E. Grant, Jack Veal, Tara Strong.

A happenstance of the time travel plot of Avengers: Endgame becomes the key to redefining the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As fans will recall, the Avengers’ attempt to pluck an infinity stone from the events of the 2012 Avengers movie go awry when the imprisoned Loki is able to grab one and transport away.

“Loki” the series picks up immediately after that, as the newly loose god of mischief is quickly arrested by the Time Variance Authority, an organization that exists outside linear time tasked with maintaining a single cohesive timeline. Loki, being a variant from how events should have occurred (aka the MCU after 2012), is then recruited by TVA agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) to help fight a bigger threat to the timeline — a woman named Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) who wants to bring down the power behind the organization, the mysterious Timekeepers.

The six-episode arc provides quite a showcase for HIddleston, whose wry performance reminds us why we love his character so much despite his misdeeds.

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With its time travel premise and British actors at its core, “Loki” at times gives off strong “Doctor Who” vibes, particularly a third episode that lays a lot of groundwork for the character dynamics between Loki and Sylvie. The interplay between Hiddleston and Wilson also is particularly strong.

The way the storyline plays out, Loki’s adventures through time will have huge ramifications for several upcoming MCU movies, particularly Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Loki’s own attempts to deal with the aftermath of his actions will be dealt with in season two.

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Disney+ Bows Marvel Studios’ ‘Loki’ Series Trailer

Disney April 5 unveiled the trailer to the new Marvel Universe live-action series “Loki,” which will begin streaming exclusively June 11 on Disney+

(Update: The service May 5 announced the premiere was moving up to June 9).

In the series, the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a period that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

After absconding with the Tesseract, Loki is a fish-out-of-water when he lands in a world of trouble with the bureaucratic TVA (Time Variance Authority). Joining Hiddleston’s return as the title character are Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer.

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Lionsgate Posts 10% Drop in Q2 Home Entertainment Revenue

Lionsgate Nov. 8 reported second-quarter (ended Sept. 30) home entertainment revenue of $149.6 million from the sales of DVD/Blu-ray Disc and electronic sellthrough of movies, which is down 10% from revenue of $165.7 million during the previous-year period.

Home entertainment sales of television content topped $28.6 million, down about 5% from $29.9% last year.

Through the first six months, home entertainment sales of movies are down 22% to $312.3 million from $399.7 million last year. TV revenue declined 36% to $46.7 million from $72.5 million.

Top-selling titles include Wonder, which as sold $23.3 million in 1.5 million combined DVD/Blu-ray Disc units, and I Can Only Imagine, selling $20.3 million via 1.2 million discs, according to The-Numbers.com.

Motion picture segment quarterly revenue decreased 2% to $379 million. Segment profit increased 45% to $12.9 million, reflecting strong ancillary performance of previously-released theatrical titles.

TV production revenue fell 28% to $152.1 million from $211.2 million last year.

For the fiscal year, motion picture revenue dropped nearly 14% to $744.3 million from $858 million. TV revenue fell 8% to $431.5 million from $472.4 million.