The fifth episode of the MCU series Loki has set up an exciting, explosive finale that we just cannot wait to watch.
Here are five takeaways from Journey into Mystery:
The fourth episode had ended with Loki being ‘pruned’, but it was revealed that pruning actually does not kill the variants. It just transfers them to the Void. Now, what is the Void? Oh, just the dimension that lies at the end of time. Loki learns from his variants, Kid Loki, Classic Loki, Boastful Loki, and Alligator Loki, that an entity called Alioth, who dedicated readers of Marvel Comics will recognise, prevents anyone from escaping the dimension. Ravonna Renslayer claims the TVA dumps variants to the Void as really erasing them from reality is too cumbersome. Alioth is mentioned in Marvel lore in relation with Kang the Conqueror, so we expect his appearance will be one of the big surprises of the finale.
Thanos Copter, Mjolnir, Frog Thor, and other Easter eggs
The Void is an interesting place, as not only it is situated at the end of time, but it also houses beings and objects that were pruned from their timelines. This allowed the writers to include a bunch of Easter eggs. This included Frog Thor (Thor who was turned into a frog by — who else? — Loki) who is trying to get out of a glass jar. Mjolnir was also seen as were trays from TVA eatery.
Another nod to comics was Thanos copter. These are objects and entities from alternate timelines, as they did not happen or exist in the main MCU timeline, but the writers can still include them as the Void is the convergence of every timeline that ever existed.
What comes after the Void?
Classic Loki went on to sacrifice himself by enchanting Alioth, by creating an illusion of Asgard. Loki and Sylvie notice a castle-like edifice in the distance. Is it the Kang the Conqueror’s domain? Whatever it is, to exist beyond the Void or temporal limbo would mean it is also beyond time and space and exists independently, or the Void is not actually the end of time. The castle may be the Citadel at the End of Time from comics, but with a different owner.
The fifth episode has promised a finale for the ages.
Loki streams on Disney Plus Hotstar.