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Loki Showrunner Shares Cutting Response to the Show's Negative Criticisms

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Martin admits he doesn't know what's next for Loki in the MCU, now that the character's redemption story is complete. "I actually don't know what the overall story is going to be. Things are so siloed off," he said in an interview with Esquire. Martin did not offer false hope the show would have a third season, which is likely a good thing considering the series’ cathartic ending. He did say they tried their best to lay a solid foundation for future spin-offs or tie-ins. "I hope that we've been good teammates and created fertile ground for other things. The goal is to make it so good that the rest of the MCU comes to you," he affirmed.

Loki finished strong but many critics thought the show took time to find its footing. Seasons 1 and 2 of Loki have high Certified Fresh scores on Rotten Tomatoes in contrast to Secret Invasion, which was panned by both fans and critics. When asked if he has anything to say to critics of Loki and the MCU at large, Martin's response was thoughtful and appropriate: "Thanks for watching? [Laughs.] No, I mean, I don't want to be ridiculous about that. Seriously, thanks for watching, and I hope they stuck with it." He revealed Loki Season 2 had many moving parts, and he acknowledged how some fans were frustrated at the show's pacing.

Loki Preemptively Reviewed by Critics?

Martin said Loki faced another hurdle with aggregate review sites like Rotten Tomatoes because some critics reviewed the show mid-season. "That's the tough thing about Rotten Tomatoes, and people reviewing and weighing in on things that are in progress," he remarked. "Nobody's going out and reviewing a movie at the midpoint. It doesn't make any sense. You need to see the whole [season]. But I hope they stuck around, and I hope it landed for them." Martin's hopes appear to have resonated with viewers, who overwhelmingly lauded the show's cast, set pieces, and themes. Loki Season 2's current Rotten Tomatoes rating is just shy above 80% with overall positive reviews from audiences and critics.

Loki's weekly serialized format might have contributed to that show's success, but Disney is changing the release strategy of upcoming Disney+ projects just the same. What If…? Season 2 will stream daily on the platform from Dec. 22 to 30, and Echo drops all of its five episodes on Jan. 10, 2024. Disney is also placing projects like Echo under the new "Marvel Spotlight" category, which is dedicated to shows that don't need intricate knowledge of Marvel canon or required viewing of previous MCU films and TV series.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Loki are streaming on Disney+.

Source: Esquire

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