Meanwhile, other Loki Variant Sylvie () was left in , who demanded answers from Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) after seemingly omniscient Time-Keepers were revealed to be thoughtless androids.
Let’s dive into a SPOILER timeline with an episode called Journey into Mystery.
Beyond the Void
The episode ends with Sylvie and Loki enchanting Alioth and apparently gaining access to the castle skin on the brains behind TVA. However, it costs a price – Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) evokes a realistic illusion of Asgard and sees his lost home one last time as he sacrifices himself to distract the frightening smoke monster long enough for the enchantment to take hold.
In contrast to, there is no scene after credits. I guess Marvel will keep us super eager for next week’s finale. Well played.
In the comics, Alioth is a temporal creature that destroys everything it touches (just like its MCU equivalent). Its presence makes it seem even more likely that the time-consuming Kang The Conqueror is the true villain, as the few comics wherehas also involved Kang.
In the comics, Kang is a 31st century villain who has encountered the Avengers for many years. An MCU version is to be shown in movies in February 2023 , where he is played by – it is possible that he first appears in Loki.
Or maybe the brain is just another Loki variant. Or, he likes castles.
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Traveling into Loki
We get origin stories for three of the new Loki variants, and each is excellent.
The history of Classic Loki takes us back to the beginning of, when Thanos and his goons capture the Asgardian ship while chasing Tesseract. After making peace with his brother Thor, Loki uses his trickery to try to stab Thanos and the Titan assassins Loki.
However, Classic Loki reveals how he added another layer of trickery.
“I threw a projection of myself so real, even the mad Titan believed it,” he says. “Then hid as inanimate waste.”
When Thor and everyone else believed him dead, he lived in solitude on a distant planet “for a long, long time.” When he became lonely and decided to find Thor, he tried to leave the planet and was captured by TVA.
This suggests that the original timeline Loki drew the same trick on Thanos, as surviving Infinity War was not his nexus event. Only when he tried to leave the distant world did he trigger TVA’s appearance, suggesting that the fate of his sacred timeline was to live out his days alone – “the God of the outcasts” – which marks the beginning of Infinity War. Trying to stab Thanos always seemed like a silly move.
Void is the kingdom of Kid Loki (Jack Veal), and his nexus event killed Thor. Pretty straightforward, but I’d rather see exactly how it played out. Acts as fodder for the upcoming Marvel show What if… ?, which.
Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei) claims that he defeated Iron Man and Captain America and then took all six Infinity Stones. Everyone thinks he’s a big liar, and he betrays them all to President Loki (and his gang of bandit Lokis) shortly thereafter. So he’s a big idiot, and his nexus event was probably something harmless like forgetting to brush his teeth.
Alligator Loki’s nexus event was apparently “eating the wrong neighbor’s cat.” And then he cuts off President Loki’s hand, snap-snap. This god of reptile damage was apparently also a real diva, according to director Kate Herron.
Uncover the truth of TVA
Before Sylvie herself prunes and reunites with Loki, Ravonna tells her branching realities that the TVA prunes are not destroyed, they are transferred to an invalid at the end of time.
“Where every existence occurs together at the same point and simply stops,” she says.
However, Ravonna does not really know why this is happening – it’s probably part of our mystery villain’s ultimate goal. Later she tells TVA mascot Miss Minutes () to access files on the formation of the agency and the beginning of time, apparently so that she can protect the great evil from Sylvie. Since the TVA judge has just discovered that her world is a lie, she will probably confront them as well.
It turns out that Mobius (Owen Wilson) also ended up in Void after his pruning, and he reunites with his best bud Loki. The evil god gives Mobius their only TemPad so he can go back to TVA and destroy the place – he will probably have a confrontation with Ravonna (or maybe a teamup?).
He was just going to blow up out there on a jet ski, though – that would teach them.
Observations, WTF questions and Easter eggs
- Years visited: The end of time. The exact year is unclear, but it is filled with things from different timelines.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the comic series in which Marvel’s versions of and debuted in 1962.
- Richard E. Grant is completely nineteen in this episode; every word he said has dramatic weight. Beautiful costume too; I need this guy in action figure form.
- When Sylvie touches Alioth’s mind in the void, she has a blink-and-you-miss-it vision. She sees the big bad castle up close and it browns to something that glows at the top.
- The version of Avengers Tower in the Void was owned by , a company that bought it from Stark in the comics. Qeng was powered by “Mister Gryphon”, which turned out to be a version of Kang.
- As the Lokis go to their hiding place, they pass the wreck of Thanos-Copter. The wonderfully bizarre vehicle was used by Mad Titan when he tried to get a cosmic cube in a 1970s cartoon.
- As the camera browses from the surface to Lokis’ cute bunker home, we see Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and a little Thor-like frog guy in a jar. This is Throg – in the comics, Simon Walterson was turned into a frog by a witch and given a miniature version of Mjolnir. This turned him on .
- Throg was originally supposed to beat Loki up in the first episode, but the scene was cut, according to producer Eric Martin.
- President Loki is a reference to one , a comic book story that satirized the 2016 US presidential election.
- Alligator Loki, bitten by President Loki’s hand, is a continuation of the long-running MCU tribute to Star Wars, a franchise that regularly sees characters suffer from amputations.
- The Navy ship that falls on Alioth’s road is the USS Eldridge, which was in service during World War II in the real world. It was at the center of the Navy’s alleged 1943 Philadelphia experiment, in which it was allegedly made invisible and teleported, according to what appears to have been a post-war fupture. Perhaps this is not the case in MCU, where such an experiment seems more likely.
- I hope Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) and Mobius get back to their timelines somehow.
- Despite Loki’s talk of not betraying Sylvie when TVA is beaten, there is still a whisper of a feeling that one can stab the other in the back. It’s delicious.
Join us for more Easter eggs and sightings next Wednesday, July 14, when episode 6 of Loki hits Disney Plus. It’s the season finale, so get ready for a wild ride.