LOKI: Check Out Some New Stills From This Wednesday's Highly Anticipated Second Episode

LOKI: Check Out Some New Stills From This Wednesday's Highly Anticipated Second Episode

After that big cliffhanger ending, some changes are clearly in store for the God of Mischief in the second episode of Loki as the Asgardian will be trading his prison jumpsuit in for a TVA uniform...

We've spent all week talking and speculating about where Loki goes next following that incredible premiere, and Marvel Studios has now teased the second instalment with a couple of new stills. 

The God of Mischief is clearly trading in his Time Variance Authority prison jumpsuit for one of their uniforms, though we're guessing that's the one we've seen in trailers for the show that has "VARIANT" plastered across the back! While he may be working with the TVA, it seems they have no plans to let Loki forget his place after he managed to escape his original timeline.

During a recent interview with Marvel.com, Hiddleston shared his excitement to see different version of the God of Mischief manifest on screen throughout the course of this season. 

"Well, you know, we contain multitudes as the saying goes," the actor teased. "I find there's so many multifaceted aspects of his character which often exist within him either in concert or in conflict and that's part of the pleasure I have in playing him. And then to have that interior multiplicity externalized was thrilling."

Lady Loki? Kid Loki? Old Man Loki? Those are just some of the possibilities we could see throughout the course of the show (if the latter is going to show up, we're banking on him being played by Richard E. Grant), but it all depends on how much of the Multiverse Marvel Studios plans to explore.

Check out these new stills from Wednesday's episode of Loki below:
 

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 of the biggest reveals in the series premiere of Loki!

8. Why The Avengers Were Allowed To Travel Back In Time

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Loki quite quickly establishes the role of the Time Variance Authority in the MCU, revealing that when someone steps off their designated path on the "sacred timeline," they get reset. 

With that in mind, why were the Avengers allowed to travel back in time, take the Infinity Stones out of multiple timelines, and completely change, well, everything? As we learn here, they were meant to do that, seemingly because it's what the Time-Keepers wanted to happen. 

You'd think that the timeline Steve Rogers got his happy ending with Peggy Carter in would need to be reset, but if Sam Wilson was always supposed to become Captain America then it makes sense why he was allowed to stay there. 

It feels like a lot of information is being kept from us, and there's definitely more to that trio controlling the TVA than meets the eye.
 

7. The Multiversal War

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According to Miss Minutes, the TVA's mascot, there was once a Multiversal War with multiple timelines battling to be the dominant one. It wasn't until the Time-Keepers stepped in to create one "sacred" path that peace was restored, but we're not buying that story. 

Either way, it's definitely interesting that promo art for What If? named all those different characters as the Guardians of the Multiverse. Could the fallout of this series (and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) see them established as the new protectors in place of the TVA?

It's way too soon to say, but that piece of artwork now feels more meaningful than ever. 

We also can't help but wonder whether this so-called war could be what leads to the "madness" that's set to play out in the Doctor Strange sequel...
 

6. Nexus Events

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We learn that the branching timelines are called Nexus events, and we can't help but think back to that weird commercial in WandaVision

Here's where things get interesting, though. In the comic books, Nexus Beings are rare beings powerful enough to change reality and mess with the sacred timeline the TVA has created. Weirdly, they're also considered key to keeping the Multiverse stable, so it seems the Time-Keepers understand they have a place in their plans. 

The Scarlet Witch is a Nexus being, as is Kang the Conqueror, so it feels like this concept is going to be explored a lot moving forward.

If Wanda Maximoff is about to tear her way through the Multiverse on the hunt for Billy and Tommy, it seems the ramifications for the sacred timeline could be bigger than we ever anticipated. 
 

5. The Infinity Stones

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At the end of Avengers: Endgame, the Infinity Stones were returned to their rightful place in history and they continued to no longer exist in the present day after Thanos destroyed them. 

However, we learn in the Loki premiere that the TVA has drawers full of the, with some staff members using the glowing, powerless Stones as paperweights. This drives home the power of the TVA, but if a mischievous scamp like Loki were to take them into the world...well, the story of these ancient relics might not be over.

This is likely to hinge on what becomes of the TVA, but regardless of whether Loki manages to place himself in charge or they're somehow destroyed, the Stones could come into play.

Honestly, a finale with the God of Mischief unleashing their power would be pretty badass!
 

4. Loki's Redemption

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After outsmarting the TVA, Loki manages to get a glimpse into his future. Witnessing the death of his mother, the moment he made amends with Thor, and his demise at the hands of Thanos, the God of Mischief was left with a lot to process.

This is important because it doesn't mean that the last nine years of storytelling hasn't been wiped away. This is still a very different Loki, but one who isn't the same, seemingly irredeemable bad guy who tried to conquer the Earth in The Avengers.

From here, the door is open for Marvel Studios to do pretty much anything with this God of Mischief, and that's very exciting. 

Now, we don't know if Loki is going to be a hero or villain, but the answer could be something in between. Either way, this was the perfect way to handle this reintroduction of the character.
 

3. Loki Is D.B. Cooper

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Look, this is by no means a game-changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's certainly interesting.

The fact that the God of Mischief came to Earth on a bet in the early 1970s, decades before the events of Thor, means the Asgardians may have been playing a role in history long before the God of Thunder was banished. We know that Odin fought on Midgard thousands of years ago, but this points to them potentially playing a key role in other historic events. 

It's possible we'll see more moments like this across the course of Loki, but what other moments in recent memory could the Asgardians have played a role in? 

In the case of Loki, it's possible he's so much more than just D.B. Cooper...
 

2. A Mephisto Tease (Probably Not)

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There's no way this wasn't going to generate a tonne of speculation online, especially after WandaVision

Early in Loki's premiere, Mobius learns that someone who looks like the devil killed those Time Variance Authority agents, and that surely means the show's big bad will be Mephisto, right? Nope. It's been confirmed that the tease wasn't related to this villain, while that big reveal at the end of the premiere is a strong hint the child was just referring to Loki.

Remember, the God of Mischief wears horns on his head, and to a kid from that period, it's likely the variant looked an awful lot like the devil! 

It is weird Marvel Studios keeps dropping these Mephisto hints, only to not pay them off, though...
 

1. The Show's Villain Is Loki

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This was huge, and a fascinating glimpse into where this series could go next. Loki having to hunt himself down promises to make for enjoyable viewing, especially as it will serve as our first glimpse into what it means to have multiple versions of the same character in the Multiverse. 

Where things go from here remain to be seen, but this God of Mischief is clearly up to something sinister and appears to need the TVA to do it.

Why is this Loki so much more knowledgeable? What is their endgame? That all remains to be seen.

A Loki vs. Loki battle promises to be a must-see, though, and we can't help but wonder whether this "Variant" will find common ground with the other one or if he'll remain loyal to the TVA...
 

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