The meat of the narrative may have focused predominantly on Tom Hiddleston’s 2012 version of the trickster and Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie, but Disney Plus series Loki has hardly been shy when it comes to throwing a multitude of variants into the mix, whether they’re integral to the plot or a simple slice of unabashed fan service.
Episode 5 was the most jam-packed installment yet in terms of both variants and Easter Eggs, with creator and lead writer Michael Waldron clearly taking Marvel’s advice on board after they told him there were no limits in place as to what he could or couldn’t reference across the duration of “Journey Into Mystery.”
We got Chris Hemsworth recording brand new dialogue as Throg, the first sight of the infamous Thanos-Copter, references to some seriously deep cuts of Marvel lore and much, much more, and that’s without even mentioning the five notable new iterations of Loki that played big parts in the story. Classic Loki, Kid Loki, Boastful Loki, Alligator Loki and President Loki have all now been given their own character posters, which you can check out below.
Alligator Loki doesn’t make a lick of sense in the grand scheme of things, but he was a scene-stealer nonetheless. Kid Loki’s Nexus event saw him kill Thor to mark him out as a force to be reckoned with, while audiences crowned Richard E. Grant the MVP of Episode 5 for managing to bring equal amounts of dignity, gravitas and scenery-chewing to his performance while wearing the most ridiculous outfit seen on any of the variants. There was a whole lot going on, that’s for sure, but it was great while it lasted.