While it was true that there is no beating Marvel when it comes to creating the fantasy world of superheroes, the studio is now giving itself stiff competition. As per some recently released statistics, the Tom Hiddleston starrer Loki, which has been touted as the best Marvel series so far, has beaten both WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in terms of viewership when it comes to its epic finale.
As per figures reported by Samba TV (via Deadline) for Loki’s finale, “For All Time, Always,” the episode managed to make a new record in terms of the largest audience viewership ever for a Marvel show finale. The show, which brought back Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief after his seemingly final death in Avengers: Infinity War, ended its first season run with a massive 1.9 million views within a span of five days since the finale first debuted on July 14. Loki had created a similar record with its pilot episode that garnered 2.5 million views.
The Tom Hiddleston series overcame the viewership numbers for the finale episodes of WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. While the finale of WandaVision managed to rake in 1.4 million US viewers and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier got 1.7 million viewers in the five-day period since its premiere, Loki’s Season 1 finale saw 1.9 million US viewers. Similarly, the Loki finale got 300,000 views in the UK in comparison to WandaVision‘s 209,000 and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier‘s 254,000.
Anyone who has binged on the finale episode of Loki will not find these statistics surprising. Of all the Marvel shows slated to debut on Disney+, Loki was expected to be the underdog, more of a filler than a crucial element in Marvel’s plans for Phase IV of the MCU. But instead of WandaVision, Loki ended up setting the stage for the upcoming projects in the phase. The finale saw Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Sophia Di Martino’s Lady Loki a.k.a. Sylvie discovering the real mastermind behind the Time Variance Authority- Jonathan Majors’ He Who Remains (not Kang, not yet).
Majors’ character reveals that he has already averted a major multiversal war caused by many of its variants and isolated the Sacred Timeline by destroying branch timelines as well as the variants that caused them. He proposes Loki and Sylvie take over the responsibility from him as he wants to retire. But Sylvie, driven by her rage to exact vengeance for the atrocities she faced throughout her life, kills He Who Remains despite Loki’s warnings and ends up triggering the multiverse he has been keeping at bay. A horrified Loki discovers that a variant of Majors’ character (most probably Kang) has taken over the TVA while Mobius and others remember nothing. Unlike WandaVision and TFATWS, Loki is going to return for a Season 2 with Tom Hiddleston returning to play the fan-favorite character of the God of Mischief, and who knows, maybe next time these viewership numbers will be even higher!