Marvel always has some of the best Easter Eggs throughout their franchise properties. We’ve curated a list of all the Easter Eggs we could find in Disney+ Loki Series Episode 5. Loki Episode 5 was hilarious, riddled with easter eggs from the comics, and full of action. Have you seen the list of Easter Eggs from Loki Episodes 1-3?
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All the Disney+ Loki Episode 5 Easter Eggs You May Have Missed
Loki Episode 5 Easter Eggs – ‘Loki’ Episode 5 Easter Eggs “The Journey Into Mystery”
Journey into Mystery
We get our first easter egg with the title of Loki Episode 5. Before Marvel was even Marvel, there was an anthology comic run titled “Journey Into Mystery” that began in 1952.
“Journey into Mystery #85” (1962) is the first modern appearance of Loki in the comics.
In Kieron Gillen’s “Loki: Journey Into Mystery” #622 (2011) Loki is reborn as a younger version of himself (Kid Loki). Earth is dealing with Fear Itself and a prophecy claims only Thor can stop the Serpent, but he needs help from Loki. Nightmare is hoping to rule the world, but Loki risks everything to stop it.
As Kid Loki described in the Loki Episode 4 “The Nexus Event,” The Void “is the place where the TVA drops its rubbish, everything they’ve ever pruned.” Renslayer described it as a place “where every instance of existence collides at the same point and simply…stops”
In the background of The Void, we see lots of destruction and decimation from discarded timelines, including Avengers Tower, other parts of New York City, Asgardian temples, and the Sphinx. It’s reminiscent of Beyonders’ Battleworld from the comics. In some ways, the TVA actually functions like Battleworld. After living on Battleworld for 8 years, “inhabitants no longer have memories of the worlds they lived in before; they now believe they have always lived on Battleworld.”
In the opening sequence of The Void, we see the estimated cityscape, which includes the NYC Avengers Tower. It’s technically STARK Tower. If you look closely the tower actually reads “QENG.”
In the “All-New, All-Different Avengers” #1 (2015) comic, Qeng Enterprises bought the tower from Tony Stark. Mr. Gryphon was the CEO of Qeng—a man later revealed to be one of the numerous identities of Kang the Conqueror.
Alioth aka Temporal Limbo
Loki awakes to find himself in The Void surrounded by 4 Variant Lokis after being pruned by the TVA. The Variant Lokis warn Loki about Alioth and explain what The Void is: is a place where the TVA sends everything that is pruned; Alioth “is a living tempest that consumes matter and energy” and ensures nothing ever returns.
In the comics, Alioth is the first being (a temporal entity) to ever break free from the hold of time constraints. Alioth doesn’t have a solid form and is usually seen in a gaseous state. Alioth has a storyline with Kang the Conquerer in the comics, as well.
For the show, Alioth has been made to be a serpent-esque creature shrouded in purple smoke. This purple smoke serpent is very reminiscent of the Alioth version we see in the comics.
Alligator Loki and Norse Mythology
In the comics, there is no explicit Alligator Loki Variant. However, Loki is a shapeshifter, so there’s a possibility. In the comics, Loki is once a variant known as Horse Loki.
Loki is a shapeshifter, as Agent Mobius informs the Time Variance Authority officers way back in Episode 2. He can change his image to suit any purpose, even if that purpose is just annoying his brother by pretending to be Captain America like in Thor: The Dark World.
In the comics, Loki uses his shapeshifting ability to manipulate people and situations to get what he wants. For example, in the recent storyline “Thor & Loki: Double Trouble,” Loki turns himself into both a horse and a snake.
It’s fun to see a horse and snake version of Loki running through the streets of Asgard, but these moments have a much more ancient origin, and it’s one that changes everything we know about Loki.
Most Norse Mythology can be traced to 2 sources, the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda (stories and poems of Norse Mythology, respectively). The Prose Edda includes the birth of Odin’s 8-legged horse, Sleipnir, and recounts how Loki transformed himself into a mare to escape the consequences of tricking a local craftsman. When the craftsman went searching for Loki on a stallion named Svadilfari, the 2 horses became enamored with each other. According to the Prose Edda:
Loki had such dealings with Svadilfari, that somewhat later he gave birth to a foal, which was gray and had eight feet; and this horse is the best among gods and men.
Loki had become a female horse that gave birth, and this wasn’t Loki’s only mythological act of motherhood. Loki had had 3 animal babies, not in the form of an animal. The Prose Edda states:
Loke had yet more children. A giantess in Jotunheim, hight Angerboda. With her he bgat three children. The first was the Fenris−wolf; the second, Jormungand, that is, the Midgard−serpent, and the third, Hel.
Is Alligator Loki a result of one of these unions or is it simply an animal variant from another multiverse?
When in The Void, at about 8:48 you’ll see a crashed yellow helicopter with THANOS on the side, remnants of alternate Avengers timelines. The Thanos-Copter debuted in “Spidey’s Super Stories” #39 (1979) when Thanos used it to attack Hellcat trying to get the Cosmic Cube.
As the camera pans down as Loki enters the bunker, at about 9:10 you can see a Mjölnir, a remnant of an alternate Avengers timeline that was pruned.
At 9:12 and you’ll see a jumping tiny frog version of Thor stuck in a half-buried jar. The jar is labeled “T365,” which refers to Thor Vol. 1 #365 (1986) from which this scene/storyline is inspired. In Thor #364, Loki turned Thor into a frog and in #365 he turns into a frog Thor. Throg has all the normal powers of Thor once he touches Mjölnir.
The Polybius is an arcade game urban legend from the early 2000s. The urban legend is about a 1980s arcade game that was developed by the government as a crowdsourced psychological experiment to make players addicted to the game, then put them in a psychoactive state. This was alleged to have taken place in Portland, Oregon, in 1981.
Clearly, this urban legend was real in the MCU as it’s been pruned by the timeline and dumped in The Void.
In the Lokis’ bowling alley lair, there is a box of wine branded RoxxiWine (it’s a pinot noir). Undoubtedly this is from a RoxxCart store, like the one in Loki Episode 2. We mentioned Roxxon, the evil corporate Marvel bad guy in a previous Loki Easters Egg Post. Of course, crappy boxed wine caused a Nexus Event!
Everyone has their favorite generational drink. We saw Mobius drinking Josta in Episodes 1 and 4 and we see Kid Loki drinking an Ecto Cooler in this episode. The drink was created by Hi-C as a Real Ghostbusters tie-in and was so popular it outlived the series and was finally discontinued in 2001 with a comeback for a hot minute in 2016.
I’ve been waiting for this one since the previews. This Loki variant is from the 2016 limited comic run “Vote Loki.” Written by Christopher Hastings and art by Langdon Foss, Loki takes over the White House during a chaotic election cycle (why could this have not been real life). Both Vote Loki and Classic Loki are from the Silver Age Comics, so does this exist in the universe 616? Or we these variants pruned from the 616?
Golden Gate Bridge
As Sylvie kicks through the bus windshield and climbs out, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
Oswald and the Martians
As Mobius is driving through The Void, there’s a sign for a drive-in movie theatre advertising Oswald and the Martians. This is a reference to the 1930s movie Mars starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
TL;DR Oswald was a character Disney created the year before Mickey Mouse with Ub Iwerks and gave up contract rights with Universal over disputes. The plot of Mars is that Oswald finds himself booted to Mars, populated with strange creatures, and meets the Martian King.
We get a nice, close look at Sylvie’s arms and full costume in this episode. You can see the circles on the arms of her forearms, which were previously covered by her cloak. The circles are the same pattern that Jack Kirby designed for the Enchantress default comic book look in Journey Into Mystery #103 (1964).
Mobius’ license plate reads GRN-W1D, which is a reference to Marvel Comics’ Mark Gruenwald, creator of dozens of characters currently appearing on Disney+, including Alioth) and was the direct inspiration for Mobius.
Pizza Planet Truck
Skinny’s Pizza feels like a nod to the Pizza Planet Truck in all the Pixar movies. Mobius could have been driving literally anything else but they gave Owen Wilson (the voice of Cars franchise Lightning McQueen) a pizza delivery truck?? It has to be. And the irony that “Skinny’s Pizza” created a Nexus Event isn’t lost on us.
Not feeling old at all. There an arcade game in the Lokis’ bowling alley liar called Space Mission, and this one is the real deal. Space Mission Pinball machines hit arcades in 1976.
The stack of TVs and old electrical equipment feels like a nod to WandaVision.
While I know Hula Dancers on a dashboard aren’t the most original thing, they definitely aren’t the thing you see every day, either. In the MCU, we’ve seen a few key people with Hula Dancers in their vehicles over the years:
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode ‘The End’ (522) featured a Hula Dancer on the Zephyr One dashboard in honor of the late Phil Coulson.
- When she was Skye, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Daisy Johnson kept a hula dancer on the dashboard of her van and later kept it as a souvenir. In addition to being a memento in the show, it was also a nod to Phil Coulson’s time in “Tahiti.”
- In WandaVision, after Darcy Lewis entered the Hex, she and Vision team up and steal a van. Darcy takes the wheel and notices a little hula girl on the dashboard.
— Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) February 19, 2021
There’s a giant Yellowjacket helmet, extremely similar to the one worn by Corey Stoll’s character in Ant-Man!
Ronan the Accuser’s Kree warship, the Dark Aster is among the collections in The Void. We see The Dark Aster in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1.
The Living Tribunal
It looks like the remains of The Living Tribunal can be seen, too. In “Strange Tales “#158 (1968), an all-powerful cosmic energy oversees all of the multiverses. The first being butted heads with Doctor Strange after judging Earth to be unfit to exist. The appearance of a Living Tribunal Statue makes sense considering the TVA is essentially performing a similar function. Maybe they are behind the TVA?
This one cracks me up a little. Long-told conspiracy theory given new life in The Void. Its urban legend, however, is why it’s been included in The Void.
The U.S.S. Elridge (D.E. 173) is a World War II-era warship that served from 1943 to 1946, before being sold to Greece in 1951 and then later sold as scrap in 1999.
In 1955, UFO researcher Morris K. Jessup published letters from Carlos Miguel Allende who claimed that he witnessed an experiment wherein the U.S. Navy teleported the warship to another dimension, and a number of sailors were killed when the Eldridge encountered aliens. The U.S.S. Eldridge is rumored to have been part of an alleged military experiment, code name The Philadelphia Experiment.
Allegedly on October 28, 1943, in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during WWII, the destroyer U.S.S. Eldridge was made invisible to radar and camouflaged to hostile enemies.
The ship was alleged to have been seen to completely disappear, with witnesses claiming to see a blue-green glow that surrounded the ship. The rumor continued as the ship was reportedly next seen in Norfolk’s Naval Shipyard all the way in Virginia before returning back to Philadelphia.
But the destroyer has been found in The Void, so there was a viable explanation all along.
As the group in The Void are finalizing their plan for Alioth, Kid Loki says, “Loki, you’re going to need this on your journey,” and hands Loki his golden sword.
Kid Loki’s golden sword is also known as Laevateinn, an Old Norse word meaning “wounding wand” or “damage twig.” In Norse mythology, Loki crafts Lævateinn (as mentioned in the Poetic Edda poem “Fjölsvinnsmál”) as it is the only weapon capable of defeating the rooster Viðofnir atop the Mímameiðr tree.
Burn it to the Ground
As the group in The Void is finalizing their plan, Mobius tells Loki he is going back to the TVAto “burn it to the ground.” This is a callback to episode 1 when Loki tells Mobius that is what he is going to do to the TVA.
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