In the second episode of Loki, the headquarters of the Time Variance Authority includes a subtle nod to the organization’s origins in Marvel Comics.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Loki Episode 2, “The Variant,” streaming now on Disney +.
The second episode of Loki sees the God of Evil settle into his new role at the Time Variance Authority and comes with all the Easter Eggs fans have come to expect from a Marvel Studios project. After the first episode has spent much of its execution establishing the metaphysical workings of time, reality, and the multiverse, “The Variant” takes more time to explore the day-to-day workings of TVA as Loki gets used to it. in its new place as an asset to the organization. And when put to work in the archives by Agent Mobius, the episode even drops a subtle reference to the origins of the TVA comic book.
In the comics on which Loki is based, TVA takes on much the same role it has done so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series, acting as a time bureaucracy charged with governing the flow of time. But while TVA has had run-ins with many Marvel heroes, including the Avengers, Fantastic Four, She-Hulk, and Deadpool, their origins can be traced back to lying with Loki’s brother, Thor.
At the start of “The Variant”, following a botched first mission, Loki is tasked with going through TVA files on the murderous variant of himself – revealed to be Lady Loki at the end of the episode – with whom it has been loaded. help capture VAT. When Mobius leaves Loki to continue his work, in search of anything VAT might have missed during their previous encounters with the other Loki, the number “372” can be seen in large, illuminated letters in the background. This presumably indicates the floor of the vast VAT headquarters on which the archives are located. However, it’s probably also a nod to TVA’s first named appearance in Marvel Comics in 1986. Thor # 372.
While the first real appearance of VAT was in Thor # 371 – and things like Time-Keepers, which would later become VAT related, were introduced even earlier – it was in issue 372 that the organization was first named and officially presented to Marvel Comics readers. The issue saw Thor go head-to-head with TVA’s bossy agent Justice Peace, who was essentially Marvel’s time-taker. 2000 ADJudge Dredd. Although Thor and Peace started out as enemies, they then lined up on a time travel mission to save Jane Foster from the entity known as Zaniac. It seems unlikely Loki will draw a lot from this particular scenario, but it should be noted that both Thor # 372 and Episode 2 of Loki features a villain who possesses the bodies of other people to commit their crimes.
Little nods to Marvel’s Comics in the MCU, like this reference to the origins of VAT in Loki, are a fun way to wink at fans and remind that the creative teams at Marvel Studios have done their homework. Moments like the Time-Keepers Episode 1 animated “explainer” video show just how Loki draws inspiration from its comedic roots, while also finding new ways to reinvent this source material for a new generation of fans.
Loki stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane and Eugene Cordero. New episodes air Wednesdays on Disney +.
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