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As far as cold-blooded incarnations of Asgardian demigods go, the fifth episode of Disney +’s Loki has a clear and obvious winner: Deadpan reptile and fast internet favorite, Alligator Loki. But while we all love God low to the ground, but surprisingly quick malice, there is another challenger to this very crown: Frog Thor, who appears extremely briefly in “Journey Into Mystery”, shows up in a panoramic shot as the various apostates Lokis (led by Rupert E. Grant) lead Tom Hiddleston’s “original” version to their small extra-dimensional clubhouse. A reference to one of the stranger twists in Thor’s comic book career for decades, the little guy seems to be in a pretty bad place, trapped in a jar of dirt and desperately shouting as he tries to smash himself out.
Funnily enough, however, it turns out that the sound clips in this single-second joke were not just some random PA shouting into a microphone, or even old dialogue about Chris Hemsworth’s fighting cry being recycled. As revealed in a recent interview from ForAllNerds, the series’ director Kate Herron noted that she was bound and determined to get “Throg” into the show – and that she got Hemsworth to record fresh “dialogue” for the look.
“We recorded Chris Hemsworth for it, by the way,” Herron boasted right during the interview. “We registered him for it. His voice goes ‘Ahhh!’ It’s a brand new recording. “So there you go: Loki may not have formula komo, which people might have hoped for, especially considering how much time the title character spent hanging on to his godly brother. But it has a little bit of Hemsworth in there and steals the show as usual – at least until Alligator Loki inevitably gets his jaws in the mix.