One thing Marvel has constantly done when building the MCU has been to build a layered world. They frequently do this by inserting all sorts of hints, clues, and references throughout their movies and TV shows. Loki is no exception. The number of Loki Easter eggs and Marvel tributes is huge. Episode 4 and 5 were particularly heavy on the hints.

Falcon And The Winter Soldier was rich with background content, while WandaVision led its viewers on a dance. Is Loki doing the same? Here is the Loki Easter eggs rundown.

(Not) Avengers Tower

We all assumed that it was Stark Tower in some of the images of a devastated New York. However, closer inspection shows it is now Qeng Enterprises tower. In the comics, Tony Stark sold the tower to Qeng, which was run by Mr. Gryphon. He was later revealed to be a variant of Kang The Conqueror. We know Kang will appear in Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania. He was also linked to the Inhumans.

Sanctum Destroyed

Also shown in the wreckage was another New York Marvel landmark, the home of the Sorceror Supreme, Doctor Strange. The Seal of the Vishanti window was shown on a wrecked Sanctum Sanctorum.

Doom For Pirates?

A pirate ship and a UFO right next to each other in the Void? Why those two items? Highly anticipated villain Doctor Doom first appeared in a story that featured pirates and time-travel, and that UFO matches one Doom flew in a 1980s newspaper strip where he fought Spider-Man. Could it be that Doom will soon be upon us?

TVA Recycling Policy Questionable

The TVA prune variants, they also clearly see the void as a huge garbage disposal. After taking time to show us the TVA canteen in an earlier episode, there was a shot of a huge pile of TVA lunch trays in the void. So does this mean the TVA, so all its fancy talk, just wastefully slings everything into the void? Is this a dig at all those companies who hide behind their Sustainability Policies while manufacturing their goods amongst the choking smog of a Chinese sweatshop? Is this the kind of organization we are finding out the TVA is?

Mjolnir & Frog Thor

A very, very brief appearance of Mjolnir, buried deep in the Earth, with someone… or something… trapped in a jar trying to get at it didn’t give us a lot to go on. However, Marvel uber-geeks noticed that the jar is labeled T365, a reference to a 1986 Thor comic issue in which Thor is transformed into the mightiest frog of all. So Frog Thor was trapped for eternity right next to his hammer, but unable to get to it? Harsh!

Yellowjacket

Ant-Man is based in San Francisco and we saw a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Also among the sights to see in The Void was a familiar helmet in giant form. Yellowjacket’s helmet. Is a Corey Stoll return on the cards for the third Ant-Man film? With time branches and multiverses on the agenda then anything is possible.

The Infamous Thanos-Copter

A single, rather silly, appearance in a 1979 edition of Spidey’s Super Stories was enough for the makers of Loki to bring in the Thanos-Copter. There really is nothing to say about this, other than it was a helicopter with “Thanos” written down the side that the Mad Titan flew around in… once.

The Bomb… Not The Hiroshima Bomb

Production designer Kasra Farahani has confirmed in some interviews that the large bomb shown next to the Thanos-Copter was a nuke, and not just any nuke. It was a Japanese nuclear bomb. Farahani also confirmed that the design was specifically inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. So a post WWII reality where Japan has access to nuclear weapons? A post WWII reality where Japan won the Pacific War? Speaking of WWII…

A Philadelphia Experiment

The Philadelphia Experiment is an alleged military experiment rumored to have been carried out by the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyards on or about October 28, 1943. The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge was claimed to have been rendered invisible (or “cloaked”) to enemy detection.

The story first appeared in 1955, in letters of unknown origin sent to UFO writer Morris K. Jessup. Today it is widely understood to be a hoax. The U.S. Navy maintains that no such experiment was ever conducted, that the details of the story contradict well-established facts about USS Eldridge, and that the claims do not conform to known physical laws.

Well, in Loki the Eldridge was zapped to the Void and then the crew was devoured by a smoke monster.

Pizza Car

Just a link to the parent company here. The voice of Lightning McQueen driving the Pizza Planet delivery car out of Toy Story? Hastily modified for “Skinnys”, whoever that is? Nice touch. Speaking of Disney links…

Oswald And The Martians

Another one that isn’t necessarily Loki Easter eggs, but fun nonethless. Great totem and symbol Mickey Mouse wasn’t always the number one guy on the scene at Disney. Before him there Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. In 1930 he starred in the animated short Mars, and the marquee shows a feature called Oswald And The Martians.

The Dashboard Hula Girl

Sticking with this scene, we also get to see a hula girl. This is a repeating motif in the MCU. Daisy had one in her van in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. while WandaVision had one in the food truck Darcy and Vision stole. Another food van? A connection? How about Tahiti and Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson. What is the link here?

The Dark Aster

The villain of Guardians of the Galaxy, Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser, had a very distinctive ship. The Dark Aster. We say this among the wreckage in the Void. Does this mean the TVA trimmed a Ronan variant at some point in this universe?

A Helicarrier With Markings

S.H.I.E.L.D. had the Helicarriers, but then again S.H.I.E.L.D. turned out to be fully infiltrated by Hydra, so who knows what was meant by a Helicarrier festooned with the Hydra logo? Was this a variant where they were more overt in taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. or is this something else? Maybe a branch where Hydra were the good guys?

The Living Tribunal

Within Marvel lore, the Living Tribunal is a veiled and multi-faced being whose existence is as old as the universe, and who is known for keeping the multiverse intact. Multiverse? As old as the universe? Well… that sounds important now we know what we know. So why would a statue of him be pruned and placed in the Void? Or is it just his head?

As with most things at this stage of the proceedings with Marvel, it raises more questions than answers. What do you guys think? Did we miss any Loki Easter eggs? What does it all mean?

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