The following article contains spoilers for Loki episodes one and two.
This word was first seen in one of the adverts in Wandavision. In the comics, Wanda Maximoff is a Nexus being, meaning that she has the power to affect the universe around her, including the future. In Loki episode one, the video Loki is shown at the Time Variance Authority mentioned a ‘nexus event.’ This is what happens when somebody strays from the ‘sacred timeline’ and the TVA are there to put it right.
The video states that, if left unchecked, nexus events can branch into madness across the multiverse. This is likely a reference to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, set to release next year. It will feature both Wanda Maximoff and Loki.
Axe Body Spray
When on trial in the TVA, Loki says “you can smell the cologne of two Tony Starks.” This is in reference to Avengers: Endgame when Ant-Man asks Tony from 2023 if his 2012 version is wearing Axe body spray.
It’s not the only link between Loki and Endgame.
A Familiar Face
In the background of one shot from episode one, there’s a TVA minuteman bringing in a new variant. Although this isn’t confirmed, fans have speculated that this variant could be Peggy Carter.
We know that at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers returns to have his long-overdue dance with Peggy, his first love. Given what we learn about the TVA and their job in this episode, it seems likely that they would stop Steve from changing Peggy’s future.
In the comics, Odin refers to Loki as both his son and daughter. In episode one, Loki’s file states his sex as fluid. As a shapeshifter, he can change everything – including his biology. Therefore, it makes sense for Loki’s gender to be fluid, especially with the twist at the end of episode two when it’s revealed that the Loki variant the TVA is hunting is a woman (at least, we’re led to believe that she’s a Loki variant, whether that’s true or not is yet to be seen).
Loki is also known to be pansexual in the comics, so perhaps this is something that will be addressed in later episodes. If it is, Loki will be the first prominent LGBTQ+ character in the MCU.
In 1971, an unidentified man hijacked a plane near Portland. He handed the stewardess a note indicating that he had a bomb in his briefcase. In exchange for $200,000 and four parachutes, the nondescript man traded the lives of 36 passengers in Seattle. Keeping several crew members on board, he then ordered the plane to take off again. En route to Mexico City, he jumped out of the plane with the ransom money and was never seen again.
In Loki, it’s revealed that the God of Mischief was the mystery hijacker. Mobius reminds Loki of this memory and he states that he lost a bet to his brother, Thor.
In episode two, Loki is looking at a file that references Ragnarok – aka the destruction of Asgard. The event’s codename is listed as ‘REVENGERS,’ which is a nod to the team consisting of Thor, Valkyrie, Hulk and Loki.
The version of Loki in this episode is from 2012 and wouldn’t have lived the events of Ragnarok yet, which makes the next easter egg even better.
Hulk and the Rainbow Bridge
When describing the variant hiding in apocalypses to Mobius, Loki makes up an anecdote and says “I could, let’s say, push the Hulk off the rainbow bridge.” This actually happens in Thor: Ragnarok.
When the mystery Loki variant disrupts the Sacred Timeline, some of the nexus events occur in significant MCU locations.
Vormir is home to the soul stone and Asgard is Thor and Loki’s home.
Other locations include:
- Sakaar, home to the Grand Master from Thor: Ragnarok
- Titan, Thanos’ home planet
- Ego, Peter Quill’s dad – a literal planet
- Hala, the Kree homeworld where Carol Danvers lived for a while
- Xander, headquarters to the Nova Corps – seen in Guardians of the Galaxy
- Jotunheim, the realm of the Frost Giants and Loki’s birth-world
These may be subtle nods to other MCU locations, or there could be some relevance to them. This is something we’re sure to find out in future episodes.
Weapons of Choice
Throughout his MCU appearances, Loki has been known to wield twin daggers. Mobius attempts to give them back to him in episode two. However, Hunter B-15 puts a swift stop to it and confiscates them again.
This is just a small selection of the easter eggs and references we’ve seen so far in Loki. There’s no doubt that we’ll see many more in the weeks to come.
Loki streams every Wednesday on Disney+