Zaniac, a villain pulled directly from the pages of Marvel Comics, is likely to appear in the second season of Loki. The recent trailer for the Disney+ series stirred up excitement among fans by showcasing a billboard of the baddie at the 16-second mark. Part of this image was previously seen in the show’s first trailer, sparking curiosity about how Zaniac could fit into the series.
In the Marvel Comics, Zaniac’s origin is tied to the Dark Dimension and his possession of a human host. While the trailer does not confirm if Brad Wolfe (played by Rafael Casa) will transform into Zaniac in Loki season two, it’s evident that the Time Variance Authority is pursuing him, recognizing him as a potential threat to the timeline.
In the Marvel Comics, Zaniac has primarily appeared as an antagonist to Thor, the God of Thunder.
The trailer also features a scene where Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Owen Wilson’s Mobius confront Brad Wolfe in an alleyway, showcasing the potential for magical battles and high-stakes encounters in the upcoming season. This could mark the beginning of the pair’s first mission back together as TVA agents, shedding light on why Mobius will eventually trust Loki while pursuing He Who Remains.
If Zaniac isn’t the series’ main villain, he could be manipulated or used by another character, such as Victor Timely, as a distraction from a more sinister plot. Zaniac’s origin is a fascinating blend of cinematic mishap and cosmic transformation. In the comics, Brad Wolfe was unwittingly dressed as a movie villain called Zaniac during an unfortunate day on a film set.
Zaniac’s Comic Book Origins
A pyrotechnics accident led to a nuclear explosion, exposing Brad to residual radiation. This catastrophic event transformed him into Zaniac, granting him a host of superhuman abilities. He possesses enhanced physical strength, allowing him to engage in hand-to-hand combat and take on physically imposing foes. His body is also resilient and durable, protecting against physical harm.
Zaniac’s most distinctive superpower is his capacity to manipulate energy. This power includes the ability to generate and project energy blasts, create energy-based force fields, and manipulate various forms of energy for different purposes. In the Marvel Comics, Zaniac has primarily appeared as an antagonist to Thor, the God of Thunder.
Zaniac promises to be a standout addition to the plethora of villains, ready to challenge the God of Mischief and keep fans engaged in this epic adventure.
Zaniac made his comic book debut in 1982’s Thor #319, created by writer Doug Moench and artist Keith Pollard. His confrontations with Thor have added complexity and excitement to the Asgardian hero’s adventures. While Zaniac may not be as well-known as some of Marvel’s iconic villains, his presence in select story arcs has left an indelible mark on the Marvel Universe.
In Thor #372, titled Battle in the Shadow of the Zaniac!, Thor fights Zaniac, who has his sights set on a women’s home. The villain creates psychic knives capable of withstanding Mjolnir, but Thor manages to subdue him. In Walt Simonson’s 1986 run of Thor, Zaniac returns to fight Thor again. However, this time, he is part of a group of villains that includes Loki, Malekith, and the Enchantress.
As the Loki series continues to explore the vast Marvel Universe, Zaniac promises to be a standout addition to the plethora of villains, ready to challenge the God of Mischief and keep fans engaged in this epic adventure. Loki season two premieres on Disney+ on October 6.