The Loki villain was technically revealed in the very first episode (read our review), but it was not until this newest episode that we got our proper look at who the series antagonist will be. And though we already knew it was a Variant version of the God of Mischief, the specific iteration has many fans going nuts.
At the end of the first episode, we were told that the Loki villain was going to be an alternate timeline version of Loki, but throughout the second episode, everyone refers to this Variant as a man. At the end of the episode, once the Time Variance Authority has tracked down the Variant, it is revealed that this version of the Asgardian trickster is actually a woman. And she even has her own set of iconic horns. Check it out right here:
We still don’t know how this version of Loki will act as a villain when it comes to their reasons for enacting their schemes, but the end of the second episode did show us what the Variant Loki – or Lady Loki as a version of her is known in the comics – wants to do: splinter the Sacred Timeline into multiple branching alternate universes. Doing so would seem to bring the multiverse into being or at least take it out of the control of organizations like the Time Variance Authority. And that could mean we are about to see even more Variants of Loki and other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.
Hopefully, Loki won’t wait too long to give us more on its villain. Just how different is Lady Loki from the version we have known for all these years? We can see that the trademark horned helm is a lot smaller than the one we’ve seen Tom Hiddleston wear. And one of the horns has been cracked off. Though this can’t help but make us think of Hellboy and his horns, we have to believe that there is a very good narrative reason to show us that detail the first time we meet Lady Loki. Already, fans are eager to hear her backstory and see just why she has set out on this seemingly destructive path.
We do learn that this version of Loki has no intention of ruling over the Time Variance Authority. Instead, in true villain form, it looks like Lady Loki is here to tear it all down and start over. Could it have to do with the eventual apocalyptic destruction of Asgard? What is her relationship like with her version of Thor? There are so many questions to answer and you just know that fans are going to be clamoring for more revelations with each passing episode.
It is going to be very cool to see Loki go up against the only villain he might actually feel genuine sympathy for. It creates an awesome bit of conflict as well as setting up the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to get really weird with its multiverse mayhem. We can’t wait.