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Loki Is Already Full Of MCU Easter Eggs

Here's every reference so far.

Tom Hiddleston stars in 'Loki,' the Disney+ series that is already full of MCU Easter eggs. Photo via Marvel Studios
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Spoilers ahead for Loki. By this point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Easter eggs are ubiquitous. Dedicated fans know to look for them like they know to stay put during the credits of a new Marvel movie. Nowhere do these small, sneaky nods to other Marvel films — and the greater comics lore — feel more at home than on Loki, where the Time Variance Authority presides over the past, present, and future.

The TVA’s timelessness allows Loki to explore elements from across the MCU’s sometimes-tricky timeline, presenting a formidable challenge to those who enjoy analyzing every possible clue. If that’s you, you’re in good company: Loki director and executive producer Kate Herron loves a good Easter egg, too. “We have fun little bits hidden across the show for people,” she tells Bustle. “And I think as a fan, that's why I like Marvel. I like looking out for little nods and references to stuff I love.”

So, let the egg hunt begin! Here are all of the Loki Easter eggs, clues, and callbacks so far, including a few details you might have missed along the way.

Mobius M. Mobius

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Though Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius is pulled from the comics, he does incidentally share a name with the same mathematical concept that Tony Stark used to figure out time travel in Avengers: Endgame. The Mobius strip refers to a surface with one side and a twist in the middle that makes it seem infinite. As Scientific American writes, “a typical thought experiment to demonstrate how the three-dimensional strip operates involves imagining an ant on an adventure,” in which the insect would traverse the strip’s 180-degree loop but still technically be on the same original side. Could Scott Lang be near?

Kang The Conqueror

Actually... maybe. According to Marvel, Mobius has a “working relationship” with a major upcoming MCU villain: Kang the Conqueror, who is set to appear in 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Though Loki hasn’t introduced Kang yet, the character’s time-traveling antics frequently put him on the TVA’s radar in the comics — plus, he has a relationship with Ravonna Renslayer, who is played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the series.

Mephisto

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While Mobius investigates an attack on TVA Minutemen in 1549 France, a stained-glass image of a red, horned, devil-like figure can be seen — i.e., maybe the most Mephisto thing we’ve witnessed on Disney+ yet (even after all those WandaVision clues proved fruitless). Many viewers took this to be an obvious Easter egg, but Loki director and executive producer Kate Herron cleared it up quickly. “It's honestly just a super weird coincidence,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Like, it's genuinely a reference to Loki — the horns, he was cast out of heaven, that's what it's a reference to.”

Further proof that Loki isn’t just trolling fans for the thrill of it — as Herron explained, WandaVision hadn’t even aired by the time the church scene was filmed.

Infinity Stones

At the TVA, Loki discovers a treasure trove of confiscated items — including, to his shock, a bunch of Infinity Stones haphazardly thrown in a junk drawer. There are even several apparent duplicates (multiple red Reality Stones and green Time Stones, for example), suggesting that the stones might come from other universes than the one at the heart of the MCU. With Loki head writer Michael Waldron also co-writing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the clue seems like a small but significant nod to the rising conflict of Phase 4.

The Multiversal War

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In a quaint but low-key ominous video narrated by Miss Minutes, it’s revealed that the TVA was established in the fallout of a “vast Multiversal war” in which different timelines “battled each other for supremacy.” To prevent history from repeating itself (or however that phrase works in the timeless TVA), the Time-Keepers keep a close watch on the Multiverse — which sounds like it’s due for some trouble in the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel.

Nexus Events

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Miss Minutes also talked about “Nexus Events,” which is caused when someone — like Loki — veers off the Sacred Timeline. This kind of event, she explains, can “branch off into madness” (another Doctor Strange nod) if not checked. This isn’t the first time viewers have seen the term in the MCU, though. In WandaVision, Nexus was the name of an antidepressant that could “anchor you back to your reality... or the reality of your choice.” And, as Reddit user Empyrealist pointed out last year, the term made an appearance on Erik Selvig’s chalkboard in Thor: The Dark World.

Tony’s Axe Body Spray

As Loki explains at the TVA, “you can smell the cologne in two Tony Starks,” a reference to how the Avengers’ time travel led to two versions of the character being in 2012 New York. It’s not the first time someone criticized Iron Man’s scent of choice — back in Endgame, while Ant-Man was sneaking inside Tony’s suit, the tiny hero was repulsed, asking, “Is that Axe body spray?”

Loki Is Genderfluid

One big Easter egg arrived before Loki even premiered. On June 6, many fans noticed that a promotional clip from the show’s official Twitter account featured a TVA file for Loki that listed his sex as “fluid,” a confirmation of the character’s dynamic, genderfluid identity in the comics and Norse mythology. “Breadth and range of identity contained in the character has been emphasized and is something I was always aware of when I was first cast 10 years ago,” Hiddleston told Inverse.

“Glorious Purpose”

Loki can’t stop himself from telling strangers he’s “burdened with glorious purpose,” and the iconic line returns just three minutes into the new series. “Glorious Purpose” even serves as the title of Episode 1 — but here, the line might foretell something more significant than Loki’s dreams of domination. As Mobius tells Loki, “I can’t offer you salvation, but maybe I can offer you something better.” Perhaps Loki’s quote is symbolic of his new purpose and emotional journey, wherever that might lead.

Loki’s Life

At the TVA, Mobius catches up Loki on his life — from his heartbreaking past (like the role he inadvertently played in Frigga’s death in The Dark World) to his redemptive future, where Odin and Thor embrace him as an important part of the family. Herron tells Bustle she was careful not to reference these memories (and the flashes to past MCU titles) like a “clip show,” instead opting “to be in the room with our Loki and see how he's reacting” to those moments in real-time.

Possible Peggy Carter

If you look closely just after the 34-minute mark on Episode 1, you can spot a woman being brought into the TVA, much like Loki was at the beginning of the episode. Her hairstyle and outfit reminded some viewers of Peggy Carter (she sports similar looks in Agent Carter and Captain America: The Winter Soldier for reference). Of course, if anyone is going to answer for crimes against the Sacred Timeline, it really should be Steve Rogers himself — but then again, the show explained early on that something as seemingly innocuous as being late to work could land you at the TVA. Either way, Hayley Atwell has appeared in several MCU movies, including Ant-Man and Age of Ultron, so it seems she’d be game to return as Agent Carter if the story allowed for it.

Mobius’s Mustache

Once you get over the shock of seeing Wilson sans his signature blonde waves, you might start to wonder about that mustache — which, as it turns out, is an Easter egg in itself. A deep one. As Inverse reports, Mobius’s unique look was a nod to Mark Gruenwald, a prolific Marvel writer who sported a very similar stache. Like Mobius, Gruenwald was intent on organizing potentially messy timelines — so much so that the writer co-created The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe to help make sense of the ever-expanding lore.

Back To The Beginning

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Tony Stark may be gone, but his influence on the MCU is still going strong. Case in point: Loki’s crash landing in the desert. As Herron explained in a tweet, the imagery was intended as a nod to the cave escape in the first Iron Man.[It] felt like a fun way to reference the film that started it all and wanted it to represent Loki’s new journey ahead,” she wrote. Just like early Tony, this Loki variant is coming from a pretty raw, egotistical place — perhaps this Easter egg is foreshadowing major redemption (or at least, some growth) for the God of Mischief.

The Revengers

The Avengers proper may boast the big, flashy movies — but the scrappy Revengers featured in Thor: Ragnarok are finally getting the recognition they deserve. At least by the TVA. As Loki researches to find the elusive variant, he stumbles across the file for Ragnarok and the destruction of his home realm. “CODENAME: REVENGERS” is listed on the report, a nod to the makeshift team of Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, and Hulk, who helped fulfill the Ragnarok prophecy in order to prevent Hela from wreaking further destruction.

Mobius Loves The ’90s

While chatting with Loki, Mobius praises the early-’90s advent of the jet-ski — a “beautiful union of form and function,” he calls it, lamenting that he can’t actually ride one without messing up the Sacred Timeline somehow. He also loves his Josta Soda, which turns out to be a real thing from that decade, too. Of all the countless eras he’s surely traveled to, this one stands out for the agent — perhaps it’s mere appreciation, or maybe Mobius actually has a personal connection to the ’90s.

(Literal) Ticking Time Bomb

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At about 47 minutes into Episode 2, one TVA employee warns that “something just bombed the Sacred Timeline,” and significant places begin popping up on a computer — some of which include Sakaar (the Ragnarok trash planet) in 1984, Ego (Peter Quill’s planet dad) in 1382, Titan (Thanos’s home) in 1982, Asgard in 2004, Vormir in 2301, and New York in 1947. It looks like the TVA’s worst fears just came true, with countless moments in time going kablooie before their eyes. Whether all of these familiar locations will actually be explored in the series or were just used to illustrate the sheer scope of timeline chaos, things aren’t looking great for the TVA — and the mess seems set to continue in upcoming films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

A Credits Clue

As Nerdist observed, the credits for Episode 2 showcased a very telling clue — and don’t worry, it wasn’t a post-credits scene you somehow missed. Rather, several new names were given special thanks: Steve Englehart, who co-created the Roxxon Corporation in the comics, and the team of Olivier Coipel and J. Michael Straczynski, who penned the Thor comics run in which Lady Loki is first introduced. Though there definitely remains room for speculation on the identity of Sophia Di Martino’s mysterious character, this credits clue adds another layer of credence to the idea that she is, at the very least, inspired by Lady Loki’s origin in the comics.

This post will be updated throughout the season as more Loki Easter eggs appear.