‘Loki’: 19 Callbacks, References, and Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed
The Loki series premiere had enough complicated timeline rules, witty Owen Wilson line reads, and emotional Tom Hiddleston moments to keep even the most casual viewer coming back for more. But after a few rewatches, even more layers of the story come to light—and though none of the Marvel Disney+ shows require viewers to have a familiarity with comics or a photographic recall of the Marvel films, it can be helpful to have a little context. Additionally, self-professed nerd-types like head writer Michael Waldron and series director Kate Herron are likely to have peppered these episodes with references galore to film, television, and even some commercials from the last few decades. In other words: I could keep you here all day, and we might never be able to get through all the show’s Easter eggs.
Don’t worry about being completist though. Below, I’ve made an attempt to hit some highlights. Here’s a spoiler-free look at some of the references, callbacks, and Easter eggs you might have missed from Loki’s first episode. I won’t swear on a stack of Time Variance Authority manuals that they’re all intentional, but they’re fun to think about anyway.
Get Lost: Both Waldron and Herron have cited the sci-fi/adventure series Lost as a favorite, so it’s hard to watch Loki without being reminded of Lost’s most accomplished liar: Ben Linus (Michael Emerson). It’s an especially tempting comparison when Loki, like Ben, is spit out of a time-space jump into a desert where he’s confronted by some confused locals.
There are more classic references in the sci-fi/adventure world of the TVA too. Hiddleston’s Loki gets to engage with two iconic Harrison Ford films during his TVA intake. First, there’s this little Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade “no ticket” moment. Then it’s Blade Runner time.