Another week, another Loki episode has left fans scratching their heads and giddily jumping around in equal measure. The series continues to dive headfirst into the wild and wacky world of the Marvel multiverse, and this week’s episode offered what might be the nuttiest setup we have come across yet. Obviously, if you want to remain spoiler-free, now would be a good time to go read about that nightmare of a Clifford: The Big Red Dog trailer or check out the truly excellent trailer for The Many Saints of Newark. But, if you want to dig deep into some Marvel multiverse madness, the spoilers are about to begin. And they are some major spoilers, so you have been warned.
In this week’s Loki episode, “The Nexus Event”, we get confirmation that everyone at the Time Variance Authority is actually Variants themselves. And the Time-Keepers that have been teased are nothing more than mindless androids. It looks like there has been a lot that has been kept secret about this particular reality-enforcing organization. That alone would be a shocker, but the real big gasp moments come when both Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson are “pruned” by the Time Variance Authority. We have been led to believe that this pruning erases an individual from all of existence. To see it happen to both Hiddleston and Wilson is a legit jaw-dropper, but the mid-credits scene is where things get bonkers.
Loki wakes up in some desecrated landscape. He asks if he is dead and this is Hell, but it looks like it’s something far more interesting. He hears some voices telling him to come along with them, and that is when we get this joyously bizarro reveal:
Yes, it is a cavalcade of Variant Lokis, the two most ridiculous being Gator Loki and Richard E. Grant as an older Loki in a costume that hearkens back to the character’s most classic comic book appearances.
Also, is that other adult Loki holding his own version of Mjolnir? And in case we didn’t give it the proper amount of excitement it deserves, there is a friggin’ Gator Loki with his own horned headpiece. What in the heck is going on?!?
Not only is it utter mind-blowing to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe go this off-kilter, but it also continues to set up the importance and future focus on the multiverse. It looks like these are all multiverse versions (Variants) who have been banished to some other dimension, and they have some kind of plan that will help them escape. We also learn in “The Nexus Event” that some kind of bond that develops between Loki and Sylvie started to cause some never-before-seen branch off the main timeline. Could all the Lokis be the key to disrupting whatever is the power behind the fake Time-Keepers and the Time Variance Authority?
Next week’s episode of Loki has a ton of explaining to do, and we have to imagine it is about to be one of the most important moments in the entire history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.