????WARNING: Spoiler ahead, this article is for people watching Loki on Disney+. Do not read on unless you have watched episode 1.????
Just when we thought how better could Marvel make 2021 for us, the studios have taken their game up to another level. WandaVision broke our hearts and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier broke barriers, but Loki’s about to break our minds with its heavily time travel influenced plot that might forge paths for the MCU multiverse in upcoming entries like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
There were numerous easter eggs that had us hitting the pause button. From stacks of files to some standard-issue TVA equipment, here’s what all we picked from the first episode:
1. The episode opens up to the events of Avengers: Endgame, and while most of the scenes are the same, the close-up on Loki waving goodbye to Hulk is new.
2. The Marvel Studios logo gives a nod to Loki’s signature colors. Similar to when it turned purple for Agatha Harkness.
3. Loki’s crash landing in the Mongolian desert resembles Tony’s fall in the desert after escaping in Iron Man.
4. Loki’s speech features his iconic “burdened with glorious purpose” line which was previously used in The Avengers. The episode is titled the same.
5. When Loki is brought to the Time Variance Authority, a Skrull can be seen standing at the desk.
6. On seeing closely, you can see that Loki’s Variant identification number is “L1130.” L means Loki and 1130 means he’s one of at least 1,130 versions of Loki.
7. On his way to the courtroom, Loki sees Miss Minutes on a TV who shows him a welcome video that talks about the Time Keepers. The Time Keepers were created by He Who Remains, the last director of the Time Variance Authority.
8. The video talks about how when you step off your destined time path, a “Nexus event” is created. A commercial in episode 7 of WandaVision first mentioned Nexus in a unique manner.
In the comics, the concept of the Nexus of All Realities is described as a gateway that one can use to get to any and all possible realities.
9. The video even explains that if a Nexus event is left unchecked, things could branch off into “madness” for the “multiverse”. Some familiar keywords from the title of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
10. Miss Minutes discusses a Nexus event concerning an uprising, and we see what looks like the Kree fighting the Nova Corps. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Ronan states that the two fought in a war.
11. The way Miss Minutes describes the Sacred Timeline to Loki is very similar to how the Ancient One explained it all to Banner in Avengers: Endgame.
12. Owen Wilson’s character in the series is Mobius M. Mobius. In the comics, he is shown as an original member of the TVA and has interacted with characters like She-Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and Hawkeye.
13. When Mobius is in 1549, a stained glass window beside him has the face of the devil on it. While many speculate it to be a reference to Mephisto, Loki’s director Kate Herron said this is “genuinely a reference to Loki — the horns, he was cast out of heaven.”
14. Mobius is handed a pack of “Kablooie” gum which has a face on it that looks a little like Nightmare, a comic book villain who often goes against Doctor Strange.
15. Loki’s TVA file, when zoomed in shows his sex listed as “fluid.” In the comics, Odin often refers to Loki as both his son and daughter.
16. In Loki’s file, it says his sector is “1900–2099.” Marvel 2099 was an edition of comics that featured Marvel’s futuristic takes on its notable characters like Spider-Man.
17. Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character, introduced as Judge Renslayer will be a rather powerful character in the future. In the comics, Ravonna Renslayer falls for Kang the Conqueror, who is linked to the Time Keepers. Kang will enter MCU in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
18. During his pleading time in the court, Loki says that you can always smell Tony Stark’s cologne, and in Avengers: Endgame, Scott makes a comment on this too.
19. Marvel loves putting out numbers at random places. When Loki looks out at the TVA, a building can be spotted with “T-282” written on it. This could be a nod to Thor Issue #282, which features the first appearance of the Time Keepers.
20. To show Loki his “greatest hit”, Mobius uses “holoprojector 35”. The number could be a nod to the Marvel comic Journey Into Mystery Issue #35, which follows a man who is transported through time. This comic series ultimately laid the foundation for The Mighty Thor comics.
21. Mobius is seen drinking a lot of Josta while interviewing Loki. Josta was the first energy drink sold in the US during the ’90s.
22. Mobius claims that Loki likes to “woo” people before playing his tricks with them, which is exactly what he did to Thanos in Infinity War that resulted in his death.
23. It turns out it was Loki all this while and not some dude called D.B Cooper. If you need some background, D.B. Cooper was an unidentified man who hijacked a plane near Portland 49 years ago.
24. The device that Mobius and other TVA members use to move Loki back in time is called a “Time Twister.” In the comics, the Time Twisters were creatures that were created by the TVA in order to move ahead in time, but instead, they kept moving backward.
25. The TVA proved itself to be a crazy place when it turned out that Casey had spare Infinity Stones just lying on his desk which his colleagues were using as paperweights. However, it’s notable that he has all of them except the yellow Mind Stone that was in Vision’s head.
26. Casey had more rare treasures in his desk’s drawer, like a Honus Wagner baseball card which valued at $3.12 million and is reportedly the most expensive card.
27. When Loki’s reel finishes rolling, you can see that it is labeled “ETH-616,” Earth-616 is considered as the main Earth in the Marvel comics.
28. The final minutes of the episode shows a TVA Minutemen group tracking the other Loki Variant to Oklahoma. In the comics, Oklahoma plays an important role in Thor’s story. It’s the place where New Asgard is located after the events Ragnarok.
29. The Minutemen find a weapon from the “early third millennium”. In the Marvel comics, Kang the Conqueror hails from that era, and as we mentioned above, he’s linked to the Time Keepers and Ravonna Renslayer.
30. Talking about who we think this Variant of Loki is, there are high stakes it could be Lady Loki
Did you catch any other cool easter egg that we missed? Make sure to share with us in the comment section below!