Loki: Episode 4’s Post-Credit Scene Explained

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After a relatively slower third episode, Loki was back in full force this week. The fourth episode had it all, last-minute betrayals, explosive revelations, and even a traditional Marvel Cinematic Universe post-credit sting. With everything going on in the episode, it’s easy to get a bit lost, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick recap of episode four and an explanation of that post-credit reveal. Attention spoilers!

After Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) accidentally caused a huge Nexus event, they were captured by TVA again. With well-placed words and handy CCTV footage, Loki has managed to convince Mobius (Owen Wilson) that there is something rotten at the heart of the so-called Protectors of Time. Unfortunately for our heroes, Ravonna (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was one step ahead of them and she took down Mobius before he could help the Lokis escape.

Loki and Sylvie were then eventually taken to the Timebenders to be executed for their crimes against time. Ravonna hadn’t banked on the betrayal of the B-15 hunter (Wunmi Mosaku), however, and it wasn’t long before the variants managed to turn the tide on their captors beheading one of the supposed time lords.

It was then revealed that the Keepers of Time are, in fact, not ancient gods. They are animatronic puppets – presumably designed to maintain the façade on the “main sacred timeline” – and the basis of the TVA is a lie. Then, just when it looked like they couldn’t book any more surprises, Ravonna took advantage of Sylvie and Loki’s disbelief to remove Loki forever.

What’s going on with Loki’s post-credit scene?

Or that’s what it seemed. We should know by now that death is more of a minor inconvenience than a definitive ending for the God of Mischief, and after the credits roll we saw that Loki survived his removal. We don’t know where Loki is – it appears to be a city in ruins – but he’s not alone in the rubble.

While wondering aloud if he’s dead, a familiar voice rings out: “Not yet, but you will be unless you come with us.” As Loki sits down, he’s faced with four new Loki variations, Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant), Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Boastful Loki (Deobia Oparei) and our favorite Alligator Loki.

Who are the variants of New Loki?

The three human variants of Loki all seem to be based on the different versions of the God of Mischief that we’ve seen over the years. Classic Loki wears the original green and yellow Loki costume; Kid Loki is clearly based on the character Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry created during their run on Thor; The boastful Loki is harder to place, but his hammer suggests he’s influenced by a version of Loki capable of wielding Mjolnir.

As for the Loki alligator? Well, he’s an original character, but if we can editorialize for a minute, he’s the best Loki and Marvel need to immediately order a comic book in progress starring the scaly demigod.

We don’t yet know what these different versions of Loki want with “our” Loki, but if we were to make an educated guess, we imagine it has something to do with these deleted variants returning to the land of the living.

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