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Spoilers for the latest episode of Loki -- “The Nexus Event” -- lie ahead.
Marvel Studios’ Loki has taken fans on a wild ride over the course of this season. So far, faans have followed the God of Mischief from the halls of the Time Variance Authority to a Roxxcart store and the doomed moon of Lamentis-1. The show has also been filled with surprises, including that A+ cameo in Episode 4. Of course, the ending of that episode featured an even bigger twist that is sure to have viewers pumped for the next installment. But as revealed by director Kate Herron, that closing scene also pays homage to The Avengers in a cool way.
When we last left Loki, both he and Sylvie were set to be pruned in front of the Time-Keepers but, following a scuffle, they learned that all three were merely animatronics. It was shortly after this revelation that Loki was pruned by Ravonna Renslayer. But the Asgardian trickster wasn’t wiped from existence. Instead, the mid-credits scene revealed that he’d been transported to a post-apocalyptic reality where he awoke and was greeted by other Loki variants.
For some eagle-eyed Marvel fans, that final shot may have seemed somewhat familiar. And if this was the case for you, then you’re right on the money. Kate Herron revealed on Twitter that while framing the final shot from Episode 4, she and cinematographer Autumn Durald used a shot from The Avengers as a reference. They specifically looked to the scene in which Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cornered a defeated Loki after the Battle of New York. Check out her tweet down below:
You honestly have to wonder what has Loki more startled: being surrounded by the Avengers or being greeted by even more variants. Regardless, this was simultaneously a great way to pay tribute to The Avengers and flip the script on a scene that’s so recognizable.
Even though Loki has been introducing some new and odd corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the show hasn’t stopped to look back on some big moments of the past. This was especially apparent when Mobius screened major moments from Loki’s life. At the same time, the series is looking to the future with a stray reference or two, which Kate Herron has been cryptic about. You can hunt for these references by streaming the series on Disney+, which you can sign up for using this link.
There are only two episodes left in this season of Loki and, at this point, it’s hard to even predict what might be in store for the titular character. But at the very least, it’s probably a safe bet that we’ll get more craziness and a few more nods to MCU lore.
New episodes of Loki hit Disney+ on Wednesdays.