Marvel’s New Special Look Ahead of Loki Series Premier
Marc Gordon - July 24, 2021

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Loki is getting closer to bringing mischief to a television screen near you! Marvel has released a new “Special Look” at the upcoming Disney+ series in which Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as the God of Mischief. “Maybe Loki wants to mix it up. Is that possible? He can change?” says timeline officer Mobius M. Mobius (played by Owen Wilson) near the beginning of the brief spot. “This variant is insubordinate, stubborn, unpredictable,” says Ravonna Lexus Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) of the multi-layered villain. “He’s doing great … but he’s really arrogant,” Mobius quips of Loki, who later says himself that he is “burdened with glorious purpose.”

Loki takes place after Avengers: Endgame and follows the God of Mischief as he steps out of the shadow of brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth). In addition to Hiddleston, 40, Wilson, 52, and Raw, 38, the series stars Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. GrantA two-minute clip released last month saw Mobius telling Loki he wanted the latter to help the Time Variance Authority (TVA) “fix” reality after Loki’s breaking of the Tesseract interrupted “the proper flow of time.”

Subsequent action-packed scenes teased a complicated relationship between the two, with Loki leveraging his signature wit as he let Mobius know wryly, “It is adorable that you think you could possibly manipulate me. … I’m 10 steps ahead of you.” “Loki, I have studied almost every moment of your entire life. You’ve literally stabbed people in the back, like, 50 times,” Mobius told the seemingly reformed villain after the latter insisted that Mobius could trust him.

“Well, I’d never do it again!” Loki quipped after a moment’s hesitation. Loki‘s release date was revealed in February, alongside that of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, premiering Tuesday — fittingly, on May 4 (Star Wars Day). The two series come after the success of Disney+’s WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the latter of which recently aired its final episode on April 23.