hit episode 5 on Wednesday, and provided some of the answers we craved. It comes after our buddy Laufeyson (Tom Hiddleston) was apparently pruned from existence, only to wake up and meet in a post-apocalyptic world. the the show has really become Variant-savage.
Meanwhile, other Loki Variant Sylvie () was left in the , demanding answers from Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) after seemingly omniscient Time-Keepers turned out to be stupid 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 having access to the Brain Castle hideout behind the TVA. It does come at a cost, however – Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) conjures up a realistic illusion of Asgard, seeing his home lost one last time as he sacrifices himself to distract the spooky smoke monster long enough for the enchantment to take hold. ‘installed.
contrary to, there is no post-credits scene. Guess Marvel wants to keep us super impatient for next week’s finale. Good game.
In the comics, Alioth is a trans-temporal being who destroys everything he touches (much like his MCU counterpart). His presence makes the time-leaping Kang the Conqueror even more likely to be the real villain, since the few comic stories in whichalso involved Kang.
In the comics, Kang is a 31st century villain who has faced the Avengers on several occasions since.. MCU version set to appear in February 2023 film , where it will be played by – he may appear to Loki first.
Or maybe the brain is just another variant of Loki. Or, he loves castles.
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Travels in Loki
We’re getting origin stories for three of the new Loki variations, and each one is great.
Classic Loki’s story takes us back to the beginning of, when Thanos and his henchmen intercept the Asgardian ship while hunting the Tesseract. After making peace with his brother Thor, Loki uses his cunning to attempt to stab Thanos and the Titan assassinates Loki.
However, Classic Loki reveals how he added another layer of deception.
“I projected a projection of myself so real that even the Mad Titan believed it,” he says. “Then hid like inanimate debris.”
With Thor and everyone else believing him to be dead, he lived in solitude on a distant planet “for a long, long time.” When he felt lonely and decided to find Thor, he tried to leave the planet and got caught by VAT.
This suggests that the original Loki timeline pulled the same spin on Thanos, since surviving Infinity War wasn’t his login event. It wasn’t until he tried to leave the remote world that he triggered the appearance of TVA, suggesting that his fate of the sacred timeline was to live his days alone – “the god of the outcast” – which reframe the start of Infinity War. Trying to stab Thanos always seemed like a silly move anyway.
The Void is the realm of Kid Loki (Jack Veal), and his nexus event was killing Thor. Pretty straightforward, but I’d rather see exactly how it turned out. This appears to be fodder for the upcoming Marvel What If…? Show, which.
Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei) claims he defeated Iron Man and Captain America, then took the six Infinity Stones. Everyone thinks he’s a big liar, and he betrays them all to President Loki (and his band of bandits Lokis) soon after. So he’s a big jerk, and his login event was probably something trivial like forgetting to brush your teeth.
The alligator Loki’s nexus event was apparently “eating the bad neighbor’s cat”. And then he gnaws at President Loki’s hand, in the blink of an eye. This reptilian god of mischief was apparently a real diva on set too, according to director Kate Herron.
Discover the truth about VAT
Before Sylvie self-pruns and reunites with Loki, Ravonna tells her branching realities that the prunes in TVA aren’t destroyed, they are transferred to a Void at the end of time.
“Where every instance of existence collides at the same point and just stops,” she says.
However, Ravonna isn’t quite sure why this is happening – it’s probably part of our mysterious villain’s ultimate goal. Later, she tells the TVA mascot Miss Minutes () to access the files on the formation of the agency and the beginning of time, ostensibly so that she can protect Sylvie’s big bad. Since the TVA judge has just discovered that her world is a lie, she probably wants to face them too.
It turns out that Mobius (Owen Wilson) also ended up in the Void after his size, and he reunites with his best mate Loki. The God of Evil gives Mobius his only TemPad so he can return to TVA and destroy the place – he’ll likely have a showdown with Ravonna (or maybe a team?).
He would just have to explode 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 not clear, but it is filled with things from divergent calendars.
- The title of the episode refers to the comic book series in which Marvel’s versions of and debuted in 1962.
- Richard E. Grant is absolutely fascinating in this episode; every word he speaks has dramatic weight. Nice costume too; I need this guy in figurine form.
- When Sylvie touches Alioth’s mind in the Void, she has a blinking vision and you’ll miss it. She sees the big bad guy’s castle close and he walks over to something shiny at the top.
- The version of Avengers Tower in the Void belonged to , a company that bought it from Stark in the comics. Qeng was led by “Mister Gryphon”, who turned out to be a version of Kang.
- As the Lokis make their way to their hideout, they walk past the wreckage of the Thanos-Copter. The gloriously bizarre vehicle was used by the Mad Titan as he attempted to obtain a Cosmic Cube in a 1970s comic book.
- As the camera pans from the surface to the Lokis’ sweet bunker house, we spot Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, and a little Thor’s-like frog dude in a jar. Here’s Throg – in the comics, Simon Walterson was turned into a frog by a witch and got a miniature version of Mjolnir. This turned him into the .
- President Loki refers to a , a comic book script that satirized the 2016 US presidential election.
- Alligator Loki biting President Loki’s hand is the continuation of the MCU’s long-standing tribute to Star Wars, a franchise that regularly sees characters undergo amputations.
- The Navy vessel that falls in Alioth’s path is the USS Eldridge, which was in service during WWII in the real world. He was at the center of the Navy’s alleged 1943 Philadelphia Experiment, in which he was allegedly made invisible and teleported, in what appears to have been a post-war hoax. This may not be the case in the MCU, where such an experience seems more likely.
- Hopefully Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) and Mobius get back to their timelines one way or another.
- Despite Loki’s talk about not betraying Sylvie once the TVA is beaten, there is still a whisper of a feeling one might stab the other in the back. This is delicious.
Join us for more Easter Eggs and Sightings next Wednesday, July 14, when Loki Episode 6 hits Disney Plus. It’s the season finale, so get ready for a wild ride.