The Mandalorian vs. Loki: Which Is The Best Disney+ Show

The recently released Nielsen ratings show that Loki is the most viewed MCU show on Disney+. But it remains behind the Mandalorian. Granted the Star wars show has had the luxury of two whole seasons compared to Loki’s one, the battle between Star wars and Marvel fans rages on.

Which is the better Disney+ Original? Is it The Mandalorian from Star Wars or Loki of the Marvel Cinematic Universe??

The Mandalorian – It’s A Pathway To A Whole New Franchise

The Mandalorian
The Mandalorian

The show hails from a fan-base that has remained loyal for decades. But in the recent most years, it has failed to attract new audiences. Sure occasional moviegoers do flock to the theaters to watch a Star Wars movie. But it’s been a long time since we got a good Star Wars film, the only exception being Rogue One. Most of Star Wars now focuses on Disney+ because The Mandalorian paved the way.

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The Nielsen ratings show that the Mandalorian has almost 13.8 Billion views globally on Disney+. No other Stars Wars show could boast of this feat. Moreover the series has cracked the ice and lured in a lot of fans new to Star Wars, something even the movies couldn’t do.

Loki – It Uses ‘The Winter Soldier’ Formula

Loki Show Tom Hiddleston
Loki Show Tom Hiddleston

The Marvel Cinematic Universe turns its characters into larger than life figures. Thor truly is a majestic Asgardian beast of a man. Iron Man lives up to his genius arrogant playboy status. Captain America stands by his world view. That was until Captain America 2 happened. Steve believed the world was good and we just need to look for it. The Winter Soldier showed that there is evil everywhere and that Steve was wrong.

Loki did the same thing with the God of Mischief. Take away Loki’s false sense of grandeur and superiority and what do you have? A broken God with no more parlor tricks. We see a new Loki after he realizes everything he ever believed in was false.

The Mandalorian – A Different Side Of Star Wars

The Mandalorian Star Wars
The Mandalorian Star Wars

Before this show hit the screens, Star Wars was all about TIE-Fighters vs. X-Wings and lightsaber battles. Very little did we see other aspects of the supremely vast Star Wars universe. The galactic underworld, the bounty hunters, the Mandalorians, the premise of a new era for the galaxy far, far away was not something fans had ever seen.

Baby Yoda and The Mandalorian make for a good team. The Mandalorian understood the assignment. Star Wars fans needed something that didn’t scream Star wars at the top of its lungs. And it delivered rather splendidly.

Loki – Buddy Comedy Done Right

Loki Buddy Comedy
Loki – A Buddy Comedy

While The Mandalorian did not stray into this genre element, Loki at least tried to. We all love a good buddy comedy. Loki may be a superhero-time travel show at its core. But how can we ever forget the incredible Owen Wilson-Tom Hiddleston chemistry.

And then there’s Sylvie and Loki, two sides of thje same coin. Loki didn’t give us one but two buddy comedies wrapped within a single series. It diod what Falcon & The Winter Soldier couldn’t in its entire runtime.

The Mandalorian – Gave The Franchise A Clean Slate

The Mandalorian Grogu
The Mandalorian & Grogu

More so than attracting new fans or showing a different side of Star Wars, The Mandalorian was very prudent for Star Wars in one more crucial aspect. It helped create a sense of security amongst the viewers, who thought that the franchise was more or less finished. How did it do that? By wiping the slate clean of course!!

Pedro Pascal‘s character is so beloved because it finally helped Lucasfilm hit the reset button. Without Mando, Star wars may have still been struggling to make ends meet in the old world.

Loki – It Cuts To The Chase

Loki Series Disney+
Loki Series Disney+

Most of Marvel shows at Disney+ feel like they are three hour movies stretched to fit a miniseries. The problem persisted with WandaVision, Falcon & Winter Soldier, as well as Hawkeye. Loki had no such problems.

To put Loki’s story and screenplay in the crudest and quickest term, it was – ‘fast’. Marvel Studios kept the adrenaline racing with twists and cliffhangers other MCU shows would rather save for the finale.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.