Watched the first episode of Loki, and so far it’s a lot more fun than WandaVision or Falcon etc. obviously in part because the main character is someone who smart, sarcastic, asks the right questions, and is played by a superior calibre of actor (soz guys but he’s kind of on another level to most of the people in Marvel stuff). If it wasn’t for him, the fact that it’s all scene-setting, some of it laid on a bit thick, would perhaps be tedious, but he elevates the material, and manages to make Loki somehow more relatable than almost anyone except perhaps Cap.
As noted the entire first episode is nothing but scene-setting, so it remains to be seen if it will continue to be enjoyable as the show goes on - both the other two Marvel shows were pretty variable, so this may well be too.
Deep Marvel lore-related spoilers (possibly boring lol): so this is obviously setting up the multiverse, and indeed is explaining that at this point, the multiverse doesn’t exist. I’ve read Marvel for a long time and never heard of the “Sacred Timeline”, and previously the TVA was never run by the Timekeepers (though they are related to it), so this itself appears to be an alternate timeline to the comics. In the comics the TVA just tries to shut down the worst of the abuses of time-travel. I guess we can expect this TVA to lose, and for the Sacred Timeline to be destroyed - indeed, there are some indications that by the time of later Marvel movies that may already have happened. Certainly by the time Dr Strange 2 comes out (subtitle: “The Multiverse of Madness”) it’s likely that it will have been. Dr Strange 2 was supposed to be out by now, or very shortly, note, pre-pandemic - WandaVision was supposed to lead into it, and it’s unclear if this Loki show was supposed to be before or after it.
Oh the most unfortunate thing so far - at one point, whilst looking around the TVA base, Loki says a line like “A poor simulacrum of control!”, and whilst it’s intended to be be about behaviour, he’s literally looking around when he says it, and he’s in a room, that, like the whole of the TVA base, looks like… well… he said it… a poor simulacrum for the computer game Control. Maybe if I was them I would have made sure he was looking at someone when he said that, not the base, because basically the visual design is like “What if the people who made Control had less imagination and style, and were a lot more twee, but otherwise were going for exactly the same thing?”