‘Loki’: Which Marvel Movies Should You Watch Before The Disney Series?
“Loki” will be released on Disney + on Wednesday, bringing us back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So that gives you plenty of time to catch up with Marvel before its release.
“Loki” kicks off right after the events of “Avengers: Endgame”, when Loki has stolen the Tesseract and vanished into thin air. We resume a few seconds later as Loki is captured by the Time Variance Authority and taken into custody. Soon enough, he teams up with Agent Morbius (Owen Wilson) as the two work to keep the main universe timeline from corrupting.
Ultimately, “Loki” will likely work for someone who’s never seen a Marvel Cinematic Universe movies or TV shows. You probably won’t need it to enjoy the project.
However, your experience will probably be a lot, a lot richer if you gorge on some of the older MCU movies and learn more about Loki. This is generally the case with these films. So without further rambling, I’ve put together the Official Loki Movie Marathon to help you understand the character and context of the new series. Plus, it’s never a bad thing to binge on Marvel movies.
And believe me, I know a thing or two about Marvel Movie Marathons.
The official film ‘Loki’ marathon – 14 hours, 18 minutes
“Thor” (2011) – 2 hours, 10 minutes
This isn’t a question you’ll want to revisit “Thor” if you want an introduction to Loki and how he works. You learn about his trickster style, quick wit, and desire to become a ruler of Asgard (and potentially the universe). “Thor” is really where it all begins for Loki.
“The Avengers” (2012) – 2 hours 24 minutes
In many ways, “The Avengers” is a direct prequel to the upcoming “Loki” show. We see Loki fighting the Avengers in an epic battle in New York City. The Loki we see in “Loki” comes out of the Battle of New York. So this is a good movie to watch if you really want to understand the God of Mischief before his “Loki” debut.
“Thor: The Dark World” (2013) – 1 hour 52 minutes
We learn a lot about Loki’s past here, as his origin as an elf and god is revealed in this film. We also see the nature of his ability to overtake, lie, and stab people in the back, which is just as important in understanding his psyche. “Thor: The Dark World” is a bit difficult to watch since the movie, quite simply, isn’t that great. But Loki’s scenes here appear on screen, so at least these will be enjoyable.
“Thor: Ragnarok” (2017) – 2 hours, 10 minutes
Arguably the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, “Thor: Ragnarok” is a key watch for the upcoming “Loki” series. Not only because we get to see Loki’s quick wit and humor even more, but there are moments in this movie that come into play during “Loki”. To fully understand what is going on in the show, you will need a little “Ragnarok” refresher course.
“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) – 2 hours 40 minutes
This is another important Loki story as it shows his end. We see Thanos (Josh Brolin) kill Loki in the film’s opening scene, saying “no recasting this time” as he does. Now we know that’s not quite the case since Loki is back on this brand new show. But that scene comes into play during “Loki”, so it’s worth watching it again. Plus, you might as well stick around for the rest of the movie because “Infinity War” is cracked (that means being really good).
“Avengers: Endgame” (2019) – 3 hours, 2 minutes
The truest prequel to “Loki” is “Avengers: Endgame”. In this movie, the Avengers travel back in time to the Battle of New York in 2012 to steal the Tesseract, which they were protecting in “The Avengers.” When they get there, they accidentally lose it. Loki, funny enough, picks it up and disappears. And that’s where the “Loki” show picks up. Like “Infinity War”, it’s worth sticking around for the whole of “Endgame” because it’s such a fun movie.
Additional credit – 11 hours, 48 minutes
“The ant Man” (2015) and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018) – 4 hours, 3 minutes (combined)
These films don’t mean much to the overall story. But if you want a bit more of an explanation of how time travel stuff works, these two movies will get you all figured out. In fact, these two films are a good context for “Avengers: Endgame” and the time travel experience. So yeah, if you’re really looking for some extra time with your TV, take a look.
“Doctor strange” (2016) – 1 hour 55 minutes
“Doctor Strange” – like the Ant-Man movies – deals a lot with time travel. In fact, Doctor Strange uses his own abilities to reset time as he takes on Dormammu, so there are some good lessons to be learned here before “Loki”.
“WandaVision” (2020) – 5 hours, 50 minutes (combined)
I’ll say this – if you watch “WandaVision” you can pick up “Loki” Easter Eggs.