Loki episode 4 has released the new Marvel Cinematic Universe series’ first post-credits scene, of which, two episodes will go in the first season. This came suddenly, and hence it would be understandable if you did not notice it, as the other three had no such revelation along with its credits. It’s also not a lengthy one, but whatever has been revealed is important. It shows us the state of its title character, the God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston), who was involved in a major confrontation towards the end of Loki episode 4. It also upends what we’ve known about yet another aspect of the Time Variance Authority.
Spoilers ahead for Loki episode 4 “The Nexus Event”.
Loki episode 4 mid-credits scene
The latest episode of Loki ended in the Time Keepers’ chamber as Loki (Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) get the upper hand on Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and her Hunter squad. All this happens in the presence of the Time Keepers, who show no interest in bringing all this chaos to an end, even though these fights may be petty for them. This ignorant behaviour isn’t common. The reason is however clear when Sylvie throws her sword at one of the Time Keepers and decapitates him in one go. After his head rolls off the steps and falls next to Loki, Sylvie picks it up and realises that the Time Keepers are just “mindless androids”.
This would indicate that the real power is in fact in a place entirely different. With this, Sylvie is frustrated that her entire life — being captured by the TVA as a child, and then running from them and plotting their downfall — has come to this anti-climactic moment. Loki formulates their next possible steps, reflecting on Mobius’ (Owen Wilson) reveal that the tiny connection between the Loki duo on Lemantis-1 caused a nexus event unlike what he’s seen before. But in this, before he could confess his true feelings to Sylvie, Ravonna gets up and obliterates him with the TVA glowstick.
The Loki episode 4 post-credits scene then shows the audience what exactly happens when one is pruned by the TVA, or at least what happens when Loki, who is a God, is pruned. As expected, it is not something that is desirable. He has actually landed in a new hellscape. It’s what even Loki wonders — “Is this Hel?”, calling hell by the name Asgardians use for it, before adding, “Am I dead?”. A response comes from someone off-camera, who says: “Not yet, but you will be unless you come with us.” Who’s this us? Loki episode 4 cuts to reveal what looks like three more Lokis, one of them played by Richard E. Grant as heavily rumoured.
Grant’s Loki is sporting the classic yellow-and-green Loki costume from the Marvel comics. He’s even identified as “Classic Loki”, in the Loki episode 4 credits. The youngest of them all, carrying what looks like a mini-crocodile with Loki horns as an accessory, is credited as Kid Loki (Jack Veal). And then there’s the black Loki carrying a hammer, which looks nothing like Mjolnir by the way, who’s called “Boastful Loki” (DeObia Oparei) in the Loki episode 4 credits. Who are they and how are they all here? Right now, all that’s safe to assume is that they are variants too and that we will learn more about them in Loki episode 5.
You can watch Loki episode 4 in Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. The 5th season of Loki is expected to release on Wednesday, July 7 at 12 am PT / 12:30 pm IST.