Is Alligator Loki a Loki?
With a new fan favorite now firmly established, the team behind the show spoke about the standout character, from what he looked like before to how he acted on set—and whether or not he is, in fact, a Loki. GizmodoAlligator Loki: Everything We Know About Marvel's Next Breakout Superstar
Is classic Loki the real Loki?
Among the episode's many, many Loki variants is one known simply as Classic Loki, played by Richard E. Grant. ... “I cast a projection of myself so real even the Mad Titan believed it, then hid as inanimate debris,” says Classic Loki. “After I faked my death, I simply drifted in space. Inverse'Loki' Episode 5 theory retcons 1 major Infinity War moment
Who is old Loki?
Old Loki, played by Richard E. Grant, delivering a scene-stealing performance, manages to conjure one final, epic illusion, giving Loki and Sylvie the chance to enchant Alioth (Loki, you see, has enchantment abilities now, because of the power of love, or whatever). Forbes‘Loki’ Episode 5 Recap: Into The Loki-Verse
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10 July, 2021 - 03:13am
After escaping the Void, the God of Mischief seeks truths—about the universe and himself—that may affect the future of the MCU
Similar to the MCU’s first two Disney+ TV shows, Loki’s future as a series remains uncertain at the time of airing. Since WandaVision concluded in early March, it’s been submitted as a limited series at the Emmys and Elizabeth Olsen has all but confirmed the series has concluded, while there’s still a chance that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier returns for a second season under an updated title. For Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, the beloved Asgardian trickster has already survived several deaths and lived many lives beyond what was initially supposed to be his last turn in Thor: The Dark World. Now thanks to his stand-alone series, Loki has explored greater MCU depths than any character before him, and when the finale drops next week, we’ll find out whether the God of Mischief has one final trick up his sleeve to endure yet again.
Ahead of Loki’s highly anticipated conclusion, let’s take a look at what we can possibly expect at the end of Loki’s journey into mystery.
Loki has been a wild ride, full of the kinds of lies and deception that have defined the character since his debut in 2011’s Thor. After being captured by the all-powerful Time Variance Authority in the series premiere, Loki was told that his entire life had been predetermined by a trio of omniscient beings known as the Time-Keepers. As the TVA’s animated mascot Miss Minutes explained, the Time-Keepers, after saving the entire multiverse from destroying itself, “now protect and preserve the proper flow of time for everyone and everything.”
As Loki and Sylvie found out in the fourth episode though, the Time-Keepers have merely been a front this whole time. Even the faithful employees of TVA, including the mysterious Ravonna Renslayer, don’t know the truth of their organization’s creation. And if the Time-Keepers were a lie, everything that Miss Minutes explained about the so-called Sacred Timeline is worth questioning. The TVA’s power is undeniable—it’s just a matter of where it comes from, and who really wields it.
Ever since the Time-Keepers were first mentioned in the premiere, there’s been growing speculation among Marvel fans that Loki would eventually introduce the upcoming villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Kang the Conqueror. After all, in the comics, Kang is also known as the Master of Time, a time-traveling villain from the future who’s been at odds with the Time-Keepers because of his efforts to conquer the very fabric of time itself. He has close ties to Ravonna—whose origins and motives in Loki are still unknown—as well as Alioth the Usurper, the big purple smoke monster that just made its debut in Loki’s penultimate episode.
As Boastful Loki says in “Journey Into Mystery,” Alioth is “a living tempest that consumes matter and energy.” Sylvie later speculates that Alioth is also “the guard dog protecting the only way” into the domain of whoever created the TVA. In the comics, Alioth is the first entity in the Marvel universe to break free from the constraints of time and, like Kang, dominates realities in a quest to build a temporal empire. (What a massive purple smoke monster would want to do with such power remains a mystery to me, but like Alligator Loki, maybe it’s best not to question these things.) Alioth builds an even larger empire than the Master of Time himself, but Kang creates a barrier that prevents it from entering his own domain: the city of Chronopolis.
While Loki’s Alioth seems confined to the Void, this dividing barrier from the comics could be the very portal that Loki and Sylvie were about to pass through as the episode concluded.
Unlike Loki’s animatronic smokescreens, the comic book version of the Time-Keepers are real. They bear a strong resemblance to the goofy “space lizards” whom Loki and Sylvie encounter, and they really do wield the power to control the fabric of time. They were created by the final director of the TVA and the last living being in the multiverse, a person known simply as He Who Remains. Here’s how the Time-Keepers in the comics describe this strange, deeply lonely character who lives at the end of time:
Whoever ends up being revealed as the TVA’s creator—and whatever transpires in the finale—will surely shake up the future of the MCU for years to come. Loki’s head writer Michael Waldron is also the scribe for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and whether or not Jonathan Majors’s Kang makes his debut in Loki, the time-traveling villain is already confirmed to appear in Quantumania. The premiere teased that timeline-defying Nexus events left unchecked could “branch off into madness, leading to another multiversal war.”
While no war has been waged as of yet, the existence of Loki and Sylvie’s bizarre (and low-key incestuous) romance may be enough to start one. The moment they shared in the face of death on Lamentis-1 in the fourth episode created a Nexus event on a scale that no member at the TVA had witnessed before. “Two variants of the same being, especially you, forming this kind of sick, twisted romantic relationship—that’s pure chaos,” Mobius says to Loki when realizing what caused the event. “That could break reality.”
Whatever happens between the God and Goddess of Mischief in the finale, their actions may be what ends up unraveling the entire multiverse.
Of course, what happens at the end of Loki is less important than what the end of Loki truly means. In a sense, none of the strange, confusing plot mechanics—or even its implications for the future of the MCU—really matters when considering what the series is actually asking: Who is Loki?
Loki has been the rare MCU project that feels like a stand-alone story, and one that has untethered its title character from a past where the Infinity Stones held greater importance than anything else. It has provided the space to bring Loki back from the dead and explore the character without him having to serve as the foil to his heroic brother Thor. In each episode of the series, there has been at least one character who asks a question along the lines of “what makes a Loki tick?” or who makes some grand, sweeping statement about which traits will forever define the God of Mischief. With Loki being the trickster that he is, the question about his character almost always comes down to trust.
“How do I know that, in the final moments, you won’t betray me?” Sylvie asks Loki before their confrontation with Alioth.
“Listen, Sylvie,” Loki replies. “I betrayed everyone who ever loved me. I betrayed my father, my brother, my home. I know what I did. And I know why I did it. And that’s not who I am anymore.”
Loki has already defied death a few more times since the beginning of the series, and for perhaps for the first time ever, he’s even shown a capacity for love. (Even if it is, very fittingly, love for himself.) With the nature of all existence at stake heading into the finale, Loki will have the chance to prove once and for all whether one can truly rewrite their story when it matters most.
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10 July, 2021 - 03:13am
As the Lokis are going underground to their hideout around the 9:09 mark of the fifth episode, we are treated to a wonderful, yet also very sad Easter Egg featuring a frog trapped underground in a jar that looks surprisingly like Thor.
This is actually a nod to Frog Thor aka Throg from Marvel Comics. The jar Frog Thor is in while trying to reach for a version of Mjolnir buried alongside him is labeled "T365," which itself is an homage to Thor #365 where, after Loki turned Thor into a frog in the previous issue, he then used Mjolnir to transform into Throg.
While it is quite unfortunate that this Frog Thor was deemed unfit for the sacred timeline, Loki producer Eric Martin confirmed that Throg had been on their minds and was originally planned for a bigger cameo.
"Comic fans will notice the Frog of Thunder in that jar," Martin wrote on Twitter. "We actually shot a scene for the Time Theater in Ep 1 of Loki getting pummeled by Frog Thor, but had to cut it to keep things moving. It’s too bad, because Tom was funny as hell. #LokiMidnightTheater"
Hopefully Frog Thor will find his way out of that jar and make his way into our MCU, but at least we have Alligator Loki to love. Martin actually confirmed that this adorably dangerous variant of Loki was one of the first elements of the show.
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09 July, 2021 - 09:05pm
Loki is no stranger to Easter eggs, and the wasteland of the Void in the latest episode proved a repository rife for reference. Scattered across the dumping ground for the Time Variance Authority's pruned subjects are several vehicles that could prove familiar to many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, some of the Easter eggs even have significance beyond the MCU. From fictional references to real world oddities, here's every vehicular wink to the audience in "Journey Into Mystery."
While there are plenty of cameos throughout Loki, like the little Frog Thor seen trapped in his subterranean jar, the vehicles scattered throughout the Void may be a fair bit harder to recognize. That is partially because they blend into the background of scraps and waste, but even when they are right up front and center, the references may be so obscure that they sail right over most fans' heads. Case in point: the U.S.S. Eldridge, the ship which appears with rattling anchors in the midst of the wasteland.
The U.S.S. Eldridge is the centerpiece to a popular conspiracy theory called the Philadelphia Experiment, alleging the U.S. military rendered the sea craft invisible to the naked eye. Variants seem to be popular subjects of conspiracy theories in Loki, with it being revealed that the titular cad was truly D.B. Cooper. Moreover, the Philadelphia Experiment's more far out rumors of actually transporting the ship to an alien dimension gain some ground in the latest episode.
While the wasteland also includes hints of Marvel's most powerful entity, these lighter references stand out as fun bits of worldbuilding that show just how much history the MCU has. The larger connections to Disney and Pixar even seem present with Skinny's Pizza Car, used by Mobius as a handy means of transportation. Not only is the pizza car itself reminiscent of Pixar's Pizza Planet truck, but Mobius' mad dash across the wasteland seems reminiscent of his role as racecar Lightning McQueen in Cars.
Whereas so much of the TVA had a design all its own, it's nice to see Marvel's dumping ground of the Void take on a unique character in its references, both to the Marvel universe and to other stories beyond it. There aren't many places in the MCU to dump multiple giant vehicles and spaceships, but Loki had the perfect opportunity to build one with the Void.
09 July, 2021 - 10:45am
While trapped in the Void, Loki learned that Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) isn’t the only variant of himself who doesn’t look like him. His experience in the Void taught him that there are an untold number of Loki’s in the multiverse whose lives took different turns than his own. One thing that most of them share though, is that they’re supposed to die at the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin). According to Classic Loki, dying to the Mad Titan would have been his fate had he not used his illusion magic to survive the fight on the ship. Because of his decision, he was able to live in exile for years. It was only when he tried to leave his isolation that he was subdued and subsequently pruned by the TVA.
Alongside Kid Loki (Jack Veal) and Alligator Loki, Richard E. Grant’s character accompanied Loki and Sylvie on their quest to get past Alioth, and gave his life for them and his new home when they reached the end of their journey. His use of magic was what provided them the edge they needed to beat Alioth and find out what’s beyond the Void. In that moment, Classic Loki proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with and simultaneously raised questions about his capabilities and how they compare both to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, as well as the character from the comic books.
With that in mind, it makes sense that similar to the situation with Odin, Classic Loki (who is played by a 64-year-old actor) has lived a much longer life than the other characters. Escaping his fate on the Grandmaster’s ship explains why he outlived all other known MCU iterations of Loki. There’s no telling how many centuries he spent on that planet after the Thanos fight. Being lonely, he could have devoted a large portion of his time to developing and improving his magical powers. Due to his advanced age, he had time to transform himself into a much better sorcerer than he was when he fought Thanos.
In addition to that, it may be that Classic Loki really is naturally stronger in magic than Hiddleston’s Loki. His high power level may be one of the elements of his character that was included in the show in an effort to make him more similar to the villain from Marvel Comics. As indicated by his name and costume, Classic Loki is intended to be a homage to the original character, who is indeed a lot more formidable than the MCU incarnation.
This wasn’t the only time where Loki was shown to be inferior to the villain from the comics. What Marvel did with Classic Loki, on the other hand, is a perfect example of what the God of Mischief should be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hiddleston’s Loki has barely utilized the full breadth of the comic character’s magical arsenal. Energy blasts are a favorite attack of his in the comics, but have been altogether avoided in the movies. The same criticisms can’t be made of Richard E. Grant’s take on the villain, who unleashed powerful energy blasts and weaponized his talent for illusions in an extraordinary manner in Loki episode 5.