This text accommodates Loki episode 1 spoilers.
Early on within the first episode of Loki, the brand new Marvel collection streaming on Disney+, Time Variance Authority investigator Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) and a number of other of the TVA’s Hunters are wanting into the slaughter of a complete crew of Hunters at a French church within the Center Ages. A small baby enters the church, and when Mobius asks him who killed the Hunters, the kid factors to a stained glass portray on the wall.
The portray is that of a red-fleshed, evil-looking determine with horns. Devil, proper? Or is it another person? Somebody named…Mephisto?
Sure, that’s proper, Mephisto, who first debuted in Marvel Comics again in 1968 (in challenge #3 of The Silver Surfer, to be exact), who created Ghost Rider, who erased Spider-Man’s timeline in order that he and Mary Jane Watson had been by no means married, who served as Thanos’ right-hand man — that Mephisto, whose presence within the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been lengthy anticipated by followers.
Hypothesis about Mephisto’s arrival within the MCU has been percolating steadily ever because the premiere of WandaVision, with anticipation reaching a boiling level after the present launched Wanda Maximoff’s sons — who within the comics had been created out of fragments of Mephisto’s soul. That hypothesis proved fruitless, nonetheless, and there didn’t appear to be any actual indication at this level that the demonic super-villain could be making his live-action debut anytime quickly.
Though Loki shortly defuses the concept that Mephisto dedicated the murders — it’s, in spite of everything, another version of the God of Mischief himself that’s doing the killing — simply the looks of a determine wanting like Mephisto is certain to incite fan rumors over again. However director Kate Herron tells Den of Geek that, no, Marvel isn’t messing with our heads.
“The satan within the church truly genuinely is coincidental,” Herron says. “That’s meant to be a reference to our present. It’s a metaphor for Loki with the horns and, you realize, he was solid out of heaven so that’s coincidental.”
Whereas which may be the case for the general Loki narrative (and it seems that’s the case, at the very least based mostly on the story thus far), it doesn’t appear potential that the mind belief at Marvel would let an opportunity go by to plant one more little Easter egg or deep reduce reference to drive diehard followers nuts. Within the meantime, whereas we could have to attend some time longer for Mephisto to indicate up for actual within the MCU (and we don’t doubt it’s going to occur in some unspecified time in the future), we’ll hold watching Loki for indicators of different characters who could crop up on this timeline…or maybe one other.
The primary episode of Loki is streaming now on Disney+, with new episodes premiering each Wednesday.