Marvel’s Loki Episode 4: MCU Easter Eggs and References

This text comprises Loki spoilers.

“Marvel, you’ve finished it once more!”

OK, however critically…that is the best episode of Loki yet, and top-of-the-line examples of the MCU’s Disney+ TV technique full cease. Loads of drama and motion, to make sure, but additionally filled with surprises, a few of that are very a lot issues that Marvel Comics and MCU followers will likely be enthusiastic about, and others a little bit extra delicate.

Right here’s all the great things we’ve present in Loki episode 4 to this point. Should you spot something we missed, tell us within the feedback!

Valkyrie

Younger Sylvie (younger Girl Loki? What’s the proper nomenclature right here?) is taking part in along with her toys, and is reenacting (or imagining) a legendary battle involving one of many Valkyrie.

The Origin of Sylvie

This episode makes it fairly clear that Sylvie is 100% a Loki, and had a minimum of a part of a childhood on Asgard.

There are some delicate touches with how we see her booked into the TVA. The pile of papers indicating “all the things you’ve ever stated” is way smaller than the one offered to Loki in episode one. The digital camera lingers on the scorched ground to point the true hazard (and the one a toddler would really feel) of that checkpoint disintegrating you, and so on.

Contemplating the extraordinarily traumatic and tousled method the TVA simply stormed in and took Sylvie away, it just about explains her behavior of by no means wanting to take a seat along with her again to doorways.

Not Natasha!

Hey, keep in mind when the trailers for this present had been hitting and everybody (together with us) thought there was a shot of Loki speaking to Black Widow’s soul on Vormir? Whoops! Seems that was simply Loki and Sylvie on Lamentis-1 in spite of everything!

Blade is Coming to the MCU

Mobius talks up all of the various kinds of beings that they’ve handled, together with “Kree, Titans, and vampires.” That is the primary affirmation of vampires present within the MCU, proper? Blade reboot, right here we come!

The Eternals Connection

When Mobius mentions “Titans” he isn’t speaking in regards to the workforce of DC heroes. As a substitute, the Marvel Titans are Eternals who primarily inhabit (watch for it) Titan, the homeworld of Thanos.

Kree

Any self-respecting MCU and Captain Marvel fan is aware of who the Kree are at this level, in fact. However do not forget that we additionally noticed a member of their rival species, a Skrull, being booked into the TVA within the first episode. The TVA’s jurisdiction is actually boundless.

Girl Sif

Loki is tortured by the (justifiably) abusive phrases and punches of Girl Sif, as performed by Jaimie Alexander. Beforehand, Sif was quietly forgotten on account of her notable lack of look in Thor: Ragnarok and the shortage of any reference to her since then. In actual life, it was as a result of Alexander was busy along with her TV present Blindspot

As for the in-story purpose, in accordance with Kevin Feige, the official rationalization is that after her appearances on Agents of SHIELD, Sif was banished from Asgard by Loki (disguised as Odin) in concern that she might expose his ruse to the remainder of the realm. She was one in all Thanos’ victims throughout the huge snap, however was introduced again 5 years later.

Apparently, this encounter with Sif appears to be referencing a narrative from Norse mythology, though in a barely skewed vogue. Right here, Sif is aggravated with Loki for slicing her hair with out her permission. However in Norse mythology (and a minimum of one Marvel Comics story), Loki was the rationale that Sif’s hair was black and never blonde, having magically modified it whereas she slept as a joke.

The Time-Keepers are Pretend!

Within the first Avengers film, Nick Fury in contrast Loki to the Depraved Witch of the West from Wizard of Oz, giving us the well-known, “I understood that reference!” Captain America meme. This episode retains the Loki/Wizard of Oz connection going with the best way the Timekeepers are merely a pretend id meant to scare and grandstand. I suppose we’ll have to attend to see who’s really behind the curtain, although.

Contemplating the best way they’re laid out and dressed, the Timekeepers are most undoubtedly purported to be paying homage to the Three Most Vital Folks within the World, the futuristic utopian rulers who set issues in movement in Invoice and Ted’s Glorious Journey to maintain the proper timeline intact.

#47

Sylvie is held in Time Theater 47. The quantity 47 has a surprisingly deep connection to science fiction. The quantity happens regularly in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is because author Joe Menosky attended Pomona Faculty, the place 47 is one thing of a meme, on account of two college students within the ‘60s researching whether or not the quantity seems extra regularly than others. The anonymous protagonist of the Hitman videogame collection can be named Agent 47.

The Variant Lokis and the Put up-Credit Scene

Loki wakes up and we get an homage to that famed shot in Avengers when Loki finds himself on the bottom, surrounded by hostile heroes. Besides this time they’re Lokis. And…is {that a} crumbling Avengers tower we see within the background.

Of all of the variant Lokis, probably the most vital of those is…

Child Loki

Child Loki made his first look in Thor #617 in 2010. Feeling he had hit a useless finish because the God of Mischief and was too distrusted for his schemes to matter, Loki arrange his personal demise within the occasion Siege, the place he was killed by the Void. He was reborn as his baby self, from again when he was beloved and nonetheless comparatively harmless. Whereas mischievous, Child Loki tried to interrupt the chains of what his earlier self had turn into and used his powers to assist Asgard and his brother. By the point he proved himself heroic, the soul of the earlier Loki was capable of overtake his physique and experience on his status.

The conclusion of that story instructed that the established order wouldn’t enable for a heroic Loki for too lengthy, however as an alternative of going full-on evil once more, the brand new type of Loki as an alternative fell into bouts of guilt over his actions. This led to Child Loki becoming a member of the Younger Avengers and ultimately growing old himself as much as a younger grownup.

So hey, Disney+ reveals are three-for-three on introducing Younger Avengers characters!

Alligator Loki

The alligator Loki doesn’t precisely come from the comics, nevertheless it does appear to be a nod to the incident the place Loki reworked Thor right into a frog throughout the Walt Simonson run of the Thor comics. Whereas the journey was quick lived, Frog Thor was such a beloved idea that it’s been revisited numerous occasions, together with making it a separate character (actual identify Simon Walterson, due to course).

Traditional Loki

Richard E. Grant makes a completely excellent comics-accurate Loki. Not solely is the costume an ideal model of the best way the character was portrayed within the pages of Marvel Comics for many years, the place Loki was way more evil than MCU followers could be used to and…additionally form of seemed like Richard E. Grant now that we give it some thought.

Additionally, of us who’ve been rightly noting the Doctor Who parallels on this present can even observe Grant has performed the Physician in a few varieties in his time, as nicely.

“Boastful Loki”

We don’t know who that cool trying armored Loki wielding what seems like Mjolnir is precisely, however he’s credited as “Boastful Loki.” He sounds enjoyable.

Miscellaneous Time Variants

Though they’ve been round because the first episode, the “So… you’re a variant,” posters on the desk ultimately credit actually hits in a different way, doesn’t it?

The Moonlighting power that we had been getting final week with Sylvie and Loki appears to have been transferred this week to Loki and Mobius. Not that we’re complaining.

When Loki wakes up throughout the post-credits scene, he wonders whether or not he has arrived in hell. However in fact, the closed captioning reveals that Loki is talking of Hel, the Norse underworld overseen by the goddess Hel.

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