Chris Hemsworth Made a Very Sneaky Cameo in Episode 5 of 'Loki'


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Is classic Loki dead?

Among the episode's many, many Loki variants is one known simply as Classic Loki, played by Richard E. Grant. Older than any of the other Loki variants, Loki Episode 5 reveals that Grant's Classic Loki actually managed to survive his predetermined death at the hands of Thanos. Inverse'Loki' Episode 5 theory retcons 1 major Infinity War moment

Who plays Mobius in Loki?

Mobius is portrayed by Owen Wilson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ series Loki (2021). wikipedia.orgMobius M. Mobius

How MCU Deaths Are Leading to Reinvention

Collider 12 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

One of the bummers of comic books these days is that death doesn’t really matter. Ever since Superman “died” in the 1990s only to be resurrected, countless other heroes have died as more of a temporary inconvenience. It’s a way to juice sales, grab some mainstream headlines, and then figure out a way to bring them back for a relaunch that will in turn provide a jumping-on point for new readers. However, death should matter in stories. In the real world, death is final, and it leaves a massive impact around everyone touched by an irreparable loss. And from a basic storytelling perspective, if you want a story to matter, then you need death to count because otherwise the stakes of the story are diminished.

Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were the culmination of the “Infinity Saga”, the first three phases of the MCU, and that culmination meant that some characters had to die and die for good. The problem was that these characters were also incredibly popular, so how would you make those deaths matter, and still bring those characters back for new stories so that Marvel could keep banking on goodwill, especially when some of those characters never really had the room to get their own narrative when they were part of the big MCU ensemble?

Then there was the matter of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who was killed by Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the beginning of Infinity War. “No more resurrections this time, I think,” Thanos said after killing the God of Mischief, a reference to how Loki had seemingly died in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World only to return. And Thanos was correct in a sense. The way to tell a new Loki story involved going back to New York in 2012 and having Loki escape with the Space Stone only to be captured by the Time Variance Authority. While we currently don’t know how this season of Loki will end, we do know that Marvel has solved the problem of a dead Loki by making their star a “variant”, someone who has only experienced the character’s arc up until the events of The Avengers and then goes a different path. So the Loki of Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War is still dead and that death matters to characters like Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but there’s still a new way to tell a Loki story.

And now with the arrival of Black Widow, Marvel has found the simplest way around a character’s death: prequel. Even our heroes in Endgame seemed perplexed that they couldn’t simply use the Infinity Stones to resurrect Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), but those were apparently the rules of the trade—a soul for a soul—and there was no bringing back their fallen comrade. But the Avenger still deserved her own story, and the way to manage that was to simply go back to the events following Captain America: Civil War and tell us what she was up to between that film and her reappearance alongside Captain America (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in Infinity War. When we reach the credits scene, we see Yelena (Florence Pugh) at Natasha’s gravesite, once again confirming that Natasha died in Endgame even though we just spent an entire movie with her.

For some, these new avenues may seem like “cheats”, a way around deaths that aren’t narratively convenient for the MCU. But I see them more as clever workarounds that don’t negate the deaths that had an impact earlier in the story. You can’t have a story about Wanda’s grief if Vision doesn’t die. Loki can’t go on a new path if he isn’t shocked by his own demise. Yelena can’t avenge Natasha’s death if Natasha is still alive. These deaths matter, and I don’t begrudge Marvel for finding a way to make them stick even if they’re also continuing to tell stories about deceased characters.

Marvel Releases Loki Variant Posters Before Series’ Finale 12 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

In a matter of days, Disney+ will air the finale of the Loki series. The latest episode of the show has seen a succession of Loki variants, each more incredible and funny than the rest. The series revealed that time is a much more flexible concept than previously thought in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s where variants come into play: different versions of the same character from other timelines. To pump up the fans, Marvel has now released a few posters for some of the Loki variants. The producers dropped posters for Kid Loki, Boastful Loki, Classic Loki, President Loki…and for Alligator Loki, of course.

You can check out the Loki variants posters in the gallery below.

In the series, most of the Loki variants are played by different actors than Tom Hiddleston, who is once again portraying the role he originated in 2011’s Thor. Jack Veal portrays Kid Loki, who inspires respect in spite of his young age. Star Wars vet Richard E. Grant plays Classic Loki, the one who escaped Thanos. The Loki variant played by Deobia Oparei is Boastful Loki, while Alligator Loki is just a CGI animal. Hiddleston has kept the President Loki variant for himself, inspired by 2016’s Vote Loki comic series. Most of the Loki variants meet an ugly end at the hands of the TVA agents.

The first five episodes of Loki are streaming on Disney+. Episode 6 will premiere on Wednesday, July 14.

Which one is your favorite Loki variant? Let us know in the comment section below!

'Loki' showrunner confirms Chris Hemsworth voiced Frog Thor in latest episode

Yahoo! Voices 12 July, 2021 - 10:32am

Showrunner Kate Herron confirmed that the split-second flash of a frog in a jar dressed as the God of Thunder was, indeed, a Thor variant.

Herron spoke to the "For All Nerds" podcast and dished on things Marvel fans might have missed -- such as who voiced the animated amphibian. As it turns out, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, returned to the studio to voice Throg.

"We recorded Chris Hemsworth for that, by the way," Herron said. "We recorded him for that. His voice going 'Ahhh!' That’s a whole new recording. Not recycled. He recorded that!"

Also, Throg almost had more screen time, according to writer Eric Martin -- who's been spilling behind the scenes secrets on Twitter.

"Comic fans will notice the Frog of Thunder in that jar," he tweeted after the latest episode premiered on Disney+. "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 [Hiddleston] was funny as hell," he remarked.

Throg appeared in the fifth episode of "Loki," titled "Journey into Mystery," in which the main cast was transported to an area known as The Void -- a gray space of sorts where unruly time variants are sent to be erased forever.

Throg's fate, at the moment, is currently unknown as he was trapped in a glass jar and unable to reach his weapon, Mjölnir.

Throg was first introduced during the '80s as Puddlegulp in the Marvel comics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday confirmed 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder, among the 12.8 million doses administered of J&J vaccine. "These cases have largely been reported about two weeks after vaccination and mostly in males, many aged 50 years and older," the CDC said in a statement. Johnson and Johnson said it has discussed the reports with federal regulators at the Food and Drug Administration.

As part of his effort to get out in front of a politically sensitive issue, President Joe Biden on Monday convened a meeting with Attorney General Merrick Garland, law enforcement leaders and elected officials to discuss rising crime rates across the country. Glancing at Garland at the top of the meeting, Biden opened his remarks by acknowledging that he's been trying to solve this problem for many years.

The top U.S. military general leading the withdrawal in Afghanistan stepped down during a ceremony in Kabul Monday, a sign that America's longest war is nearing its end. Gen. Austin Scott Miller has commanded U.S. Forces−Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support mission since the summer of 2018. At Monday's ceremony, Miller handed his responsibilities off to Gen. Frank McKenzie, who leads U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) from its headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

Wildfires are continuing to spread in the West as more than 18 million Americans remain under heat alerts on the heels of a record-breaking heat wave. The heat wave brought triple-digit temperatures to cities in Arizona, Utah, California and Montana and played a significant role in the rapid spread of fires over the weekend. While the heat wave is now easing, hot conditions will continue, spelling trouble for firefighters battling the blazes.

The store has become the first major retailer to commit to a 10-year agreement with the 15 Percent Pledge, a nonprofit that holds large corporations accountable for supporting Black-owned brands. "Long-term societal change cannot happen overnight and we're in this for the long haul," said president and chief brand officer Peter Nordstrom in a statement. "Nordstrom has established new goals and benchmarks to help it become a more diverse, inclusive and anti-racist organization, and has made strides towards these goals through notable product launches and curations," 15 Percent Pledge said in a statement.

Cedric the Entertainer will be the host of this year's 73rd Emmy Awards. The actor announced the news on social media Monday. In a statement, the comedian, whose given name is Cedric Antonio Kyles, said: "Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this year's Emmy Awards."

As newly released prisoner Bill Cosby celebrated his 84th birthday on Monday by thanking supporters "for fighting for my freedom," the Pennsylvania district attorney slammed by the state Supreme Court for prosecuting the comedian is fighting for his reputation. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele issued a lengthy statement over the weekend defending his office's decision to prosecute Cosby in 2018. Steele also attempted to clear up what he described as "misinformation" over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision this month to overturn the entertainer's conviction on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

England's future king, Prince George, got a firsthand glimpse at the thrill of brief victory and the agony of ultimate defeat while watching his home country England lose to Italy Sunday in the Euro 2020 final. George, who turns 8 later this month, watched the highly anticipated showdown at London's Wembley Stadium alongside his parents, Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. George got to attend the match solo without his younger siblings, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 2.

President Joe Biden on Monday released a statement in solidarity with the thousands of Cubans who protested over the weekend about shortages and rising prices for food and medicine amid the coronavirus pandemic in what's being called an unprecedented rejection of the island nation's government. Cuba's communist leadership has already denounced the protests as a "systemic provocation" by Cuban dissidents and the U.S. government, encouraged its supporters to counter protests, and sent its armed forces into the streets, risking clashes with demonstrators. "We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba's authoritarian regime," Biden said in a statement Monday.

Zaila Avant-garde just had one of the best weeks ever. The Scripps National Spelling Bee champion attended the 2021 ESPYs in New York City this past weekend and was all smiles. "I'm feeling pretty good," Avant-garde said during a red carpet moment. She said she still can't quite believe she won the National Spelling Bee.

The death toll of the devastating partial collapse of a 12-story residential building in Surfside, Florida last month rose to 94, officials announced Monday. The recovery effort entered its 19th day on Monday and officials said 84 victims are now identified, 222 people are accounted for, and 22 are potentially unaccounted for. Mayor Miami-Dade Daniella Cava also spoke about the weather's impact on the recovery mission during a news conference Monday.

Amy Grant has just released a 30th anniversary edition of her 1991 album "Heart In Motion," which produced multiple smash hits, sold five million copies and was nominated for the album of the year Grammy. Grant, in a new interview with ABC Audio, said she has nothing but good memories of the album, and her time as a chart-topping pop star.

Spice Girls are giving you "whatcha really, really want." In honor of the 25th anniversary of their hit "Wannabe," their new "Wannabe25" extended play version was released Friday. It features the original single, a remix by Junior Vasquez, the original demo recording, and "Feed Your Love," a demo of a previously unreleased ballad.

Jose "Pepe" Diaz, chairman of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced in a statement Sunday night. Although the chances of contracting the novel coronavirus after being fully vaccinated are very rare, so-called breakthrough cases are still possible. Health officials and experts alike have warned that new, more contagious variants of the virus may be more effective at evading vaccines.

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The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday evening when authorities say an unnamed 17-year-old boy was abducted from the basement of his home in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to ABC News’ Philadelphia station WPVI. When officers arrived to the scene of the crime, the teen’s family members told authorities they heard a noise coming from the basement of the family’s house that sounded like a struggle, but when they went to see what was going on they discovered that the 17-year-old had vanished, according to WPVI. Family members discovered a bullet hole in the basement but told authorities that they did not hear a gun discharge at any point during the struggle.

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More than two dozen people, mostly foreigners, have been accused of playing a role in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise last week. Now, authorities have arrested a Haitian-born Florida resident who they say acted as a middleman between the alleged assassins and the unnamed masterminds. The man, identified as 63-year-old Christian Emmanuel Sanon, was accompanied by several of the suspected assailants when he allegedly flew to the Caribbean island nation on a private jet in early June, according to Leon Charles, head of the Haitian National Police.

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