VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
WRITTEN BY: Andrew Tejada
Let's find out what the God of Mischief got up to this week. For this list, we'll be looking at the Easter Eggs, comic book references, and MCU callbacks you might've missed in this episode of the Disney+ series. Our countdown includes The Number 372, MAJOR MCU Events May Have Been Disrupted, Loki's Frost Giant Heritage, and more!
Top 10 Things You Missed in “Loki” Episode 2
Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 things you missed in “Loki” episode 2.
For this list, we’ll be looking at the Easter Eggs, comic book references, and MCU callbacks you might’ve missed in this episode of the Disney+ series. Since we’ll be talking about every detail, it’s time to give a spoiler warning.
Which of these “Loki” moments surprised you the most? And did you see the cartoon where the TVA prunes time branches in the credits? Let us know in the comments below.
#10: Miss Minutes Fails Loki in the Background
Near the beginning of the episode, Loki is getting tutored on everything about the Time Variance Authority, AKA TVA, by Miss Minutes. When he gets bored with her lecture, he tries to attack her...sort of living form. She’s eventually able to escape and take a jab at the god of mischief. After Mobius asks how Loki's training is going, we’d recommend freezing to see Miss Minutes on the computer screen. You’d get to see her looking extremely angry and suggesting that Loki failed his TVA test. This subtle yet hilarious clapback shows us how sassy Miss Minutes can be. But although she gave him a failing grade, Loki later proves that he at least tried to do the TVA’s homework.
#9: We Got That “Back to the Future” Reference!
Variant Loki continued her rampage through the timeline at a Renaissance fair in 1985. If you're a “Back to the Future” fan, you may have immediately gasped when you saw the year. In the classic sci-fi film, Marty McFly first uses the time machine in the year 1985. While we would absolutely love to see Loki talk to Dr. Emmett Brown, we sadly think it's unlikely. The TVA hates when people mess with time. Since Marty and Doc have a habit of altering the timeline, they’d probably be arrested by Mobius as soon as the Delorean reached 85 miles per hour.
#8: The Number 372
After TVA agent Mobius asks Loki to do research on his time-hopping doppelganger, they stop right in front of the number 372. Their position on the screen is a huge comic Easter egg. The Time Variance Authority was officially introduced in “The Mighty Thor” issue number 372. In the story, Loki's brother Thor teams up with a member of the TVA to stop a villain. The God of Thunder notably bends the rules of time to prevent a terrible incident before it ever happened. Ironically, the TVA on the show tells Loki how dangerous it is to mess with time the way Thor did. The god of mischief might understand the rules of time more than the god of thunder does.
#7: Loki Could’ve Spoke Latin With an Avenger
When Loki arrives in Pompeii, he stuns Mobius and the audience by speaking perfect Latin. He shares this amazing multilingual talent with at least one other Avenger. In “Iron Man 2”, it’s stated a couple of times that black widow can speak Latin fluently. She also takes the time to flex her language skills by telling Tony Stark that appearances can be deceiving. Of course, he doesn't understand what she’s saying. Black Widow could have had a fluent Latin conversation with Loki while they were on the Helicarrier together. Looks like they’ll have to show off their multilingual prowess to each other in another timeline.
#6: Loki’s Frost Giant Heritage
Although Loki grew up believing that he was Asgardian and the son of Odin, his father was actually a frost giant named Laufey. This revelation shocked and deeply hurt the god of Mischief when he first found out. Unfortunately, he's reminded of his true nature while he's in the TVA. When Mobius is showing off different Loki variants, we see a blue version of the god of mischief that seemingly embraced their frost giant heritage. The god of mischief also gets an icy insult about his parentage later on in the episode. If you don't want Loki to give you the cold shoulder or attack you with his iconic knives, don’t make any Frost Giant jokes around him.
#5: The Slowly Shapeshifting Credits
There are tons of small details packed into the show’s credits. We get obvious shoutouts like Infinity Stones and subtle references like a TVA agent who forgets to use a coaster. Yeah, we know it's you Mobius. But if you look very closely at the credits you'll notice a major change between the first two episodes. At the end of episode 1, we see five pictures of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. In the credits of episode 2, two photos have been swapped out. One of the altered pictures depicts Loki in the TVA outfit he just started wearing. The second new photo shows actress Sophia Di Martino’s Loki. Now that we know the credits can shape-shift, we'll be keeping a close eye on them.
#4: Roxxcart May Have Sinister Origins
Loki and the TVA agents travel to a super store called Roxxcart In the year 2050. Its name sounds awfully similar to the Roxxon corporation. Throughout several Marvel shows and movies, this shady company has been behind some major disasters. When members of the Roxxon Corporation started drilling near New Orleans, they accidentally released powerful energies. But they blamed one of their scientists for the entire incident. the company's actions caused many people to get hurt or worse. And this is just one example of the many terrible things the company has done. So before you pick up a robotic dog at Roxxcart in the future, you may want to check if the store is owned by the wicked Roxxon Corporation.
#3: Franklin Delano Roosevelt is A Major MCU Figure
Judge Ravonna Renslayer hands Mobius a pen with the words Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School on the side. Although we’re not sure where or when she got it from, we know how important this president is in the MCU. After Roosevelt gets into office, he kicks off a course of events that eventually led to the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Employees of this notable spy agency have done everything from protecting the timeline to bringing the Avengers together. We know that the MCU would be very different if Roosevelt didn’t create the agency that became S.H.I.E.L.D. But we’re still aren’t sure if another notable MCU figure gave Ravonna the pen that honored the President’s legacy.
#2: The Female Loki Variant Has a Fantastic Four Connection
The second episode confirmed the fan theories that a female variant of Loki was underneath the hooded cloak. While her motivations and origins are still a mystery, we know her comic counterpart made an interesting alliance. After Loki meets his end in the comics, the villain is reborn in a new body and looks like the female warrior Sif. It's soon revealed that the God of Mischief is working with the famous “Fantastic Four” villain Doctor Doom. We already know a movie about the super team is eventually coming to the MCU. What if the live action Loki variant is working with Doom? A partnership between the villains could be the first steps to bringing the “Fantastic Four” into the universe.
#1: MAJOR MCU Events May Have Been Disrupted
Shortly after the Loki Variant drops a bunch of reset charges across time, the timeline goes haywire. If you freeze the show amidst the chaos, you can spot a screen that highlights all the locations that have been affected by the sinister plan. Loki’s Asgardian home, the Grandmaster’s trash planet of Sakaar and the Nova Corps headquarters on Xandar were all put in the line of fire. Both Ego’s planet and Vormir, the resting place of the soul stone, were also caught in the midst of the time chaos. Incredibly important events in the MCU took place in all those locations. And we only had time to name five! The Loki variant’s actions may have permanently damaged the history of the MCU.