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When do Loki episodes come out?

After debuting on Disney+ on June 9, 2021, Loki episodes are being released weekly on Wednesdays and the Season 1 finale will be aired on Wednesday July 14, 2021. MARCA.comLoki Episode 6: Release date, time and how to watch

Does Loki Episode 5 Have a credits scene?

It comes at a cost though -- Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) conjures a realistic illusion of Asgard, seeing his lost home one last time as he sacrifices himself to distract the scary smoke monster long enough for the enchantment to take hold. Unlike last week's episode, there's no post-credits scene. CNETLoki episode 5 recap, Easter eggs: Gods of Mischief take wild Journey into Mystery

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

Loki's latest episode (episode 5) introduced a frog version of Thor, which would have been amusing for casual fans and very nostalgic for the hardcore comic book readers.

It was still quite a small moment though, so fans probably wouldn't have thought the team would have taken the time to get the actual Chris Hemsworth to come in and do a voice-over for his iconic character. But that's exactly what they went and did.

Speaking to Views From The 616 podcast, showrunner Kate Herron told the hosts of the scene: "We recorded Chris Hemsworth for that, by the way. We recorded him for that.

"His voice going 'Ahhh!' That's a whole new recording. Not recycled. He recorded that."

Thor himself lent his voice for a blink-and-you’ll-miss it moment.

A hero we all love in never-before-seen form makes for one of the greatest easter eggs in MCU history.

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I was able to handle Alligator Loki. But Throg put me over the edge.

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Loki finale preview: The 5 biggest questions we need answered

Tom's Guide 13 July, 2021 - 03:07pm

How many answers will the Loki finale provide?

Because right now, we're hoping that the Loki finale doesn't get bit with the same bug that the WandaVision finale did — disappointment. Do you remember how Paul Bettany trolled us all into thinking a major cameo was coming, only for it to be a gag about White Vision?

So with Loki's finale set to drop this Wednesday, July 13, at 3 a.m. ET, here's what we're hoping to see resolved — or at least, not left dangling like an errant timeline.

OK, here's the big question: who's in that building we saw at the end of Loki episode 5, when Sylvie enchanted Alioth, who then pulled back the first layer of the Wizard of Oz-like curtain?

If the person behind the TVA matches the rumors and expectations, it may likely just be the latter, leaving many asking "who is Kang the Conqueror?" Short answer: one-time love interest for Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) in the comics, and a time-traveling big bad expected to appear in Ant-Man 3. Jonathan Majors, who is going to play Kang, has denied any involvement.

Ever since it was revealed that the evil Loki variant was Sylvie, and that Sylvie is (apparently) doing good, the TVA went from weird establishment to creepy authoritarian regime. Now, we need an answer about who's behind it all, and that's something we can expect.

Loki and Sylvie, both variants themselves, have never felt long for this world. And, no, that's not just because they've spent much of this season dwelling in places on the verge of apocalypse.

Variants, we've been told repeatedly, don't last. At least, that is, without becoming TVA employees (a reveal from Loki episode 3). We're betting that Loki and Sylvie can't both be made canonical, as they're both variants of the same person.

Will they both become employees of a new, less-evil Time Variance Authority? This, oddly, seems like the way the series could go. Or, Loki and Sylvie kill whomever is responsible for the TVA, and then the organization goes away — who's to say they're variants at all?

Speaking of which, when it comes to the big calendar of Marvel movies, Loki is interestingly placed on a big precipice. The knowledge we've learned about timelines, multiverses and nexus events will likely play something of a role in both Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Mar 25, 2022).

So, it seems like this is a perfect time to detonate the rule book when it comes to the multiverse. Throw all the TVA regulations out the window, and open the doors for all the cameos and surprises. 

The only real conundrum is if this happens at the end of Loki or not. All of the Spider-Man 3 rumors (concerning past Spider-Man actors returning) definitely suggest it's going to happen. We just want to know when it's going down. 

When it comes to leaving no plot-thread un-tied, we need to go back to the desk of TVA employee Casey (Eugene Cordero). Because magic doesn't work at the TVA, he has more Infinity Stones than Thanos could ever dream of holding. 

If the Loki finale doesn't put a cap on the existence of those gems, we're going to be looking over our shoulder for them in every movie, much like Tony Soprano when the screen cut to black.

Marvel loves to use end-credits scenes to explain what comes next in the MCU, so we're going to need two if it's going to do this for Loki. One to tie the series to the next upcoming Marvel movie or show, and another to just show the glee in Mobius' eyes as he drives a jet ski along the water. 

It's all he's ever wanted, as far as he knows. And it's all we want for Loki's bantering buddy. And, yes, this aquatic moment also needs a cameo from Alligator Loki. It's what's right. You know it, I know it, even Miss Minutes knows it. 

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Loki Gets Five New Character Posters (Including Alligator Loki) - IGN

IGN 13 July, 2021 - 02:39pm

Check out the gallery below for a look.

The posters include “Classic Loki,” a version who survived Thanos and lived in isolation, “Kid Loki,” a version who killed Thor in adolescence and got pruned by the time-monitoring TVA, “Boastful Loki,” a version who managed to assemble all the Infinity Stones, “President Loki,” a version who leads an army of followers in the Void, and last but not least, Alligator Loki, a version that’s exactly what it sounds like.

The MCU Revealed How Kid Loki Killed Thor - Theory Explained

Screen Rant 13 July, 2021 - 01:46pm

A surprising moment in Loki explains that Kid Loki killed Thor, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe may also reveal exactly how he did it. In Loki episode 5, Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino) learns that the Time Variance Authority doesn't directly destroy all matter when it prunes a timeline. Instead, pruning simply sends variants to a void at the end of time. Believing the puppeteer controlling the TVA is living beyond the Void, Lady Loki prunes herself and ends up reuniting with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who was previously pruned by Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

The Void is home to numerous Loki variants who somehow stepped off of the TVA's Sacred Timeline. These include Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei), Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant), and even Alligator Loki. "It's best not to question it," Loki tells Lady Loki after introducing the reptilian God of Mischief. Loki variants are consummate survivors, which explains why so many of them reside in the Void and regularly outwit Alioth, a cloud-like monster that consumes matter and energy. As Mobius (Owen Wilson) quips in Loki episode 5, "You throw a rock out here, you hit a Loki."

Loki episode 5 reveals Kid Loki was sent to the Void after killing Thor, and the MCU may have previously explained how. According to a viral theory (via TikTok), it may have been a childhood prank. In the episode, Kid Loki explains that his nexus event was killing Thor, but he's scant on details. However, a scene in Thor: Ragnarok shows the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) explaining that a young Loki once turned into a snake and stabbed him. With Kid Loki's affinity for blades, it's possible Thor died due to a prank gone wrong, signaling the TVA to arrest the young God of Mischief for Thor's murder.

While the theory seems possible, there could obviously be other explanations for Thor's death. In the Marvel comic "Fear Itself," Kid Loki doesn't use his sword for his brother's demise. He makes various decisions that eventually result in Thor's death, so perhaps the murder was more indirect. Additionally, Hemsworth improvised the snake line as one of Loki's attempts on his life. With the line supposedly coming off of the top of Hemsworth's head, it'd be weird for that specific incident to suddenly become the tragic backstory for Kid Loki. If the snake moment did result in Thor's death, maybe Kid Loki isn't truly to blame. It's clearly Hemsworth's fault.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

The MCU Doesn't Know How Loki's Conjuring Power Works

Screen Rant 13 July, 2021 - 07:13am

The time heist in Avengers: Endgame left many different timeline branches, one of those the result of Loki from 2012 escaping with the Tesseract. Because of this, Loki sees the title character being brought to the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that oversees the timeline and makes sure everything goes as planned in order to avoid a “multiverse madness”. However, the TVA seized Loki’s talents and used him to help them catch another Loki variant, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), but both Lokis ended up joining forces to escape and uncover the truth behind the TVA. During this whole process, Loki has displayed some of his most impressive talents, but there’s one that has been inconsistent not only in the show but throughout Loki’s MCU history so far: conjuration.

Loki is a master sorcerer thanks to his adoptive mother, Frigga (Rene Russo), who taught him how to wield Asgardian magic. Loki became extremely skilled in magic and it’s his main asset in battle, and through this, he can make use of many other abilities, as are illusion manipulation, duplication casting (which he did a lot throughout the MCU Phase 1), shapeshifting, telekinesis, and conjuration. The latter has been used by Loki on many occasions, but there’s one big inconsistency in it as there’s confusion over whether the things he conjures are real or not, as there have been examples of both.

Of course, it could also be that Loki’s conjuring powers can do a bit of both depending on what he needs: the things he conjures can be as real as the casket and the blanket (as he needed to defend himself and cover himself and Sylvie from the cold of the Void) or as fake as Asgard just to fool the enemy. It remains to be seen if Loki or future MCU projects will clear some of the confusion around Loki’s powers at some point or if they will continue to be one of many mysteries about the character.

Loki Reveals Who the Most Powerful Variant REALLY Is

CBR - Comic Book Resources 13 July, 2021 - 05:45am

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe unveiling so many Variants of the God of Mischief in Loki, it was just a matter of time before fans started to argue about which one is the best. Of course, Tom Hiddleston's Loki may vouch that he's the best, but Kid Loki killing Thor is a feat that stands on its own and Alligator Loki is in a class all his own. However, as Episode 5 reveals, none of them hold the title of most powerful -- that belongs to Richard E. Grant's Classic Loki.

This version of Loki has unparalleled mystical powers, admitting he prefers not to wield a blade because it stunts his abilities. That expertise was how he was able to conjure a copy that Thanos killed, turning himself into space debris and escaping the Mad Titan's wrath. Sadly, that landed him in the Void because it broke the rules of the Sacred Timeline, but it still shows just how powerful he is.

And from how Sylvie talks about the exertion it takes to be an expert with these abilities, it's clear Classic Loki stands above the rest. A major of that is his quick-thinking as well, as seen when President Loki's goons raid. Classic Loki quickly shoots out duplicates for him and his allies, and as the villains fight, the group is able to slip away through a portal he creates into the wasteland.

Classic Loki returns to help while Loki and Sylvie are attempting to enchant the beast, throwing up a magnificent illusion of Asgard. He literally constructs the entire kingdom, drawing the monster out to attack, and as it begins to disappear, he rebuilds instantly to distract the behemoth. This feat is a testament to his cunning nature and overall brilliance, but sadly, his heroism ends when the cloud monster eats him alive. Fortunately, his act of bravery inspires Loki and Sylvie to unlock more of their internal power and finally enchant Alioth, putting them on the path to take down the TVA once and for all.

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