This article accommodates main spoilers for Marvel’s Loki episode 2, doubtlessly future episodes, and the broader MCU.
Marvel’s Loki episode 2, “The Variant,” wastes completely no time. And like some of the perfect Marvel TV efforts, the Easter eggs and references are quite a few, however not all of them are apparent. In truth, so much of them don’t even essentially pertain to the MCU! Loki is having enjoyable with style, TV formulation, and the very notions of time journey itself, so seeking to the pages of Marvel Comics isn’t fairly sufficient.
Here’s every little thing we’ve discovered to this point, and should you spot something we missed, you’ll want to tell us!
The Renaissance Fair
- The Renaissance Fair takes place on April 12, 1985…in Oshkosh, WI. Why Oshkosh? It may very effectively be as a result of that’s the place the place legendary Marvel author/editor Mark Gruenwald, the person who’s the premise for Agent Mobius, was born!
- Now, anybody have any concepts why that date may be vital…apart from it being the opening date of Return of the Living Dead?
- The Renaissance Fair setting of the opening looks like a nod to early Thor and Loki comics, the place Stan Lee’s overblown faux-Shakespearean dialogue felt like the type of enjoyable put-on you’d discover at a RenFaire.
- The poor Ren Faire actress who is gloomy to see the TVA of their futuristic garb is performed by Kate Berlant. Like fellow Loki actor Eugene Cordero, she comes from a comedy background and you might have seen (or heard) her in Search Party, The Good Place, and BoJack Horseman.
Holding Out for a Hero
Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” performs in the course of the pre-credits Renaissance Fair sequence. This music is EVERYWHERE for the time being, however its connection to the MCU is a minimum of twofold. There’s this unimaginable Thor: Ragnarok fan edit that went viral again in 2018, after which there’s the truth that the ’80s banger was initially recorded for the Footloose soundtrack …aka Star-Lord’s favourite movie.