Remember the infamous trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in which ghostly Luke muttered those not-so immortal words: “No one’s ever really gone”? It turned out to be a pretty big clue for the almighty disaster that JJ Abrams’s movie turned out to be, as the film-maker wheeled out zombie Palpatine, revealed Snoke as a lab-grown puppet and Death-Starred Lucasfilm’s entire sequel trilogy project in one fell stroke.
Should we not be a little worried, then, that another Disney-owned studio, Marvel, has for some time now been going the same way? This week saw the launch on Disney+ of Loki, in which the god of mischief re-emerges despite having the life crushed out of him by Thanos in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Of course, this is not quite the same Loki,