Loki episode 2 — out now on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — has what may be the greatest twist of this six-episode first season of the new Marvel collection. Close to the very finish of Loki episode 2, the different Loki variant who Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Mobius (Owen Wilson) have been looking lastly takes off their hood. And it is Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino)? That may not be the title of the character in the collection, as a result of Loki episode 2 would not give us one — Di Martino is credited merely as “The Variant” in Loki episode 2 credit — however primarily based on what now we have been instructed, this new Loki time variant being “Lady Loki” looks as if the apparent conclusion. Still, Marvel might nicely give her a brand new title. After all, Natalie Portman goes to be Mighty Thor, not Lady Thor, in Thor: Love and Thunder.
The reveal of Lady Loki shouldn’t be solely intriguing in itself, but it surely additionally probably modifications what Loki can be for the remaining 4 episodes. While Loki and Mobius’ bro-dynamic was the core of the first two episodes, the God of Mischief’s resolution to comply with his feminine counterpart by way of the time portal at the finish of Loki episode 2 brings a swift finish to that (for now). Loki episode three will little question take care of who Di Martino’s “Lady Loki” actually is, whereas thrusting the Loki duo into new time-hopping interstellar apocalyptic adventures.
Loki episode 2 — titled “The Variant”, directed by Kate Herron, and written by Elissa Karasik — opens in 1985 Oshkosh, Wisconsin at a dress-up people pageant. Time Variance Authority guards led by Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane) soar in by way of a portal to apprehend a variant who they detect is inside a big tent. It’s pitch black inside the tent although save for just a few torches. As the minutemen attempt to find the time variant, C-20 will get a green-coloured faucet on her brow and activates her personal counterparts (with the motion set to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for A Hero”). That’s basically affirmation that the variant they’re chasing in the different Loki variant, as is the full top-to-bottom hood we see it in later. Once everybody’s out, the Loki variant grabs C-20 and a reset cost, and escapes by way of a time door.
As Loki episode 2 cuts to the TVA places of work, Loki (Hiddleston) is now seemingly working for the area lizards. Or somewhat, for Mobius. He’s been requested to watch a collection of coaching movies although he is busy studying a jetski journal. Mobius walks in to say he is taking Loki to the subject. Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) briefs them on what we have simply seen the opening Loki episode 2 scene. Mobius runs us by way of different Loki variants they’ve encountered over the years, together with one who was apparently obsessive about Tour de France, and one other who seems to be like a Hulked-up Loki. It’s an prolonged gag actually. Loki then interrupts Mobius to clarify the variations in two of his powers, phantasm projection and duplication casting, to level out the undeniable fact that they do not know every part about him.
As they arrive in 1985 Wisconsin, Loki wonders why they could not have merely gone to the first time the variant appeared — and put an finish to the mess at that time. In a little bit of additional exposition that’s attribute of the first two Loki episodes, Mobius explains that nexus occasions destabilise time and this department continues to be altering. “Haven’t you seen any of the training videos?” Mobius provides to Loki, although it is actually a approach of answering a query some viewers may need. Inside the darkened tent, Loki tries to stall for time — he claims the different variant is ready for them outdoors the tent — in a bid to push the department to breaking level, however Mobius catches onto what Loki’s and realises he’s mendacity. Still, Loki manages to delay the search, forcing the TVA to return to base.
Back dwelling in Loki episode 2, Mobius meets together with his boss Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). She’s undecided Mobius is doing the proper factor, what with this Loki variant being described as insubordinate and cussed in subject reviews. “Sounds like someone I know,” they each say to one another. Ravonna tells Mobius that bringing a variant into the subject is controversial, although Mobius protests he is studying a terrific deal by having him there. For occasion, he now is aware of that Loki likes to stall for time, and that can assist them catch the different one. But Ravonna factors out that Loki’s position on the timeline has at all times been an “evil scourge”. Mobius likes to suppose that Loki is mixing it up as a result of he bought bored of enjoying the half he was enjoying, in a line you can learn as describing the Loki collection too.
This Loki episode 2 scene between Mobius and Ravonna additionally has a throwaway point out for Ravonna’s alias on the aspect that includes a Franklin D. Roosevelt High School. Mbatha-Raw has spoken about how Loki is meant to be a Ravonna origin story, so that is clearly tied to that.
As Mobius leaves Ravonna’s workplace, Loki tries to placate him, enjoying off his stalling ways as the first lesson in capturing a Loki: “expect the expected.” Um, certain. They know you are a trickster so it is all about thoughts video games? “I don’t actually care about what makes you tick,” Mobius admits. “You are here to help me catch the superior variant.” Loki protests that final bit, and Mobius factors out that he believed Loki’s insecure want for validation would drive him to catch this different variant. “It is adorable that you think you could possibly manipulate me,” Loki says in Loki episode 2, noting that he has greater plans of his personal. “What, charm your way into the front of time keepers and seize control of the TVA?” Mobius shouts again, as Loki is shocked that Mobius is aware of precisely what his plan is.
Loki likes to manipulate individuals — as now we have seen him do in three Thor motion pictures and 2012’s The Avengers — however Mobius appears to be getting the higher hand on him in Loki episode 2. Then, Mobius tells Loki to pore by way of the case information of this different Loki variant and see in the event that they missed one thing. Loki being Loki, he tries to get extra information from the TVA library. But he is denied each request — it is one other prolonged gag, to be sincere — and the solely information he does get are these about him. That seems to be surprising for him although, as this Loki is not conscious of the destruction of Asgard (from Thor: Ragnarok). He tears up over the loss of life of everybody in Asgard, however he additionally stumbles upon one thing it appears, as Loki picks up the Ragnarok and runs to interrupt Mobius’ lunch.
Mobius is not joyful that his lunch is being interrupted — and it solely will get worse from thereon. Loki posits that the variant is hiding in apocalypses. Mobius is perplexed, however Loki “borrows” Mobius’ salad to depict a visible metaphor. He sprinkles in tons of salt and pepper into Mobius’ salad, as a approach of explaining that you are able to do no matter you need earlier than an imminent apocalypse. And the TVA will not discover as a result of that part of the world is headed for collapse anyway, which Loki depicts by pouring a drink on Mobius’ salad. Mobius continues to be upset over his misplaced lunch, whereas Loki pushes him to take a look at his principle. Mobius is cautious, particularly as Loki has a behavior of backstabbing. Loki says he would by no means as a result of it is a “boring form of betrayal”, just for Mobius to level out he is performed it 50 instances. “Well, I’d never do it again,” Loki says.
Still, Loki manages to persuade Mobius to go to Pompeii, Italy simply earlier than the volcano erupted in 79AD. Loki toys round — he releases a bunch of goats and taunts the locals over their imminent loss of life — however Mobius would not report any power variance, thereby proving Loki’s principle. Loki episode 2 then brings us again to the TVA.
After they return, they pore by way of different ‘apocalyptic’ information however Loki falls asleep. As they take a break in the cafeteria, Loki brings up the jetski journal from earlier. Because jetskis are superior, the TVA detective says. “Most things in history are dumb but in the early ‘90s, we had a great merger of form and function,” he provides. Loki wonders if he is ever been on one, however Mobius says he cannot experience one as a result of that may have an effect on the sacred timeline. Then why have it? “Reminds me of what we are fighting for,” Mobius says, which makes Loki realise that Mobius is an enormous believer in all of the TVA. In response, Mobius says he simply accepts, he would not get hung up on ‘imagine’. So you imagine three magic lizards created the TVA and everybody in it, Loki asks. Mobius nods.
“Every time I start to admire your intelligence, you say something like that,” Loki says. Mobius turns the query on Loki, asking the place he was born (as a Frost Giant in Jotunheim) and who he was raised by (Odin of Asgard). “If you think too hard about where any of us came from, it sounds kind of ridiculous,” Mobius factors out. “existence is chaos, nothing makes sense. The TVA is real because I believe it’s real,” Mobius says. Loki wonders: “So everything is predetermined and there’s no free will?” Mobius agrees, however calls it an oversimplification. Loki then notes that these in the TVA are the solely true free beings then. Mobius drags him away from the subject, however Loki desires to know the way it all ends then. Mobius says it is a work in progress.
“While we protect what came before, the Time Keepers are busy untangling the epilogue from its infinite branches,” he provides. Okay, then what occurs as soon as they’re completed doing that, Loki desires to know. “So are we. No more nexus events, just order and we meet in peace at the end of time,” Mobius replies, in what feels like an oversimplified philosophical ruminations on the idea of time.
Loki pings again to an earlier subject, when Mobius referred to as him a scared little boy. “But I know something children don’t. No one bad is ever truly bad, and no one good is truly good,” Loki provides. That sparks one thing in Mobius, as he displays on the scared little boy with the chewing gun he met in a cathedral from Loki episode 1. The gum, Kablooie, was offered on Earth for a short interval between 2047 and 2051, Mobius notes. That provides them a second variable, as well as to apocalyptic occasions, permitting them to slim down the place the different Loki variant comes from. The duo begin to cross-reference information to discover such occasions, earlier than Loki hits upon a promising candidate: 2050 Haven Hills, Alabama when a Category Eight hurricane destroyed a company city run by Roxxcart.
Mobius pitches the mission to his boss Ravonna, as he believes it is a potential hiding spot for the different Loki variant. “All the food and supplies you need,” Mobius explains in Loki episode 2, “and the variant can keep going back there over and over.” Ravonna notes that that is all primarily based on a principle from the Loki who simply blew up the earlier mission. “As your friend, I’ve to tell you that trusting this Loki is not a good idea,” she provides. But he simply uncovered a safety loophole in our system, Mobius retorts, just for Ravonna to add that that is precisely what she is apprehensive about. Mobius then makes it private, pleading how he is not often this excited and “chomping at the bit”. Ravonna hesitantly agrees, however leaves him with a warning: “There’s not much I can do if it doesn’t work out.”
Cue in a second mission briefing by Hunter B-15 in Loki episode 2, on how the Roxxcart superstore is getting used as a shelter by the residents of Haven Hills. As they arrive in 2050 and enter the superstore, Mobius says they may break up to search for The Variant, with Loki going with him. But B-15 protests and says Loki will keep along with her, not Mobius. As Mobius and B-15 start to argue, Loki interrupts and says that he’ll earn her belief. Mobius retorts: “Why is it that the people you can’t trust are always saying ‘Trust me’?” As they break up and take a stroll by way of the dimly-lit abandoned superstore, Loki episode 2 cuts to present us the hooded determine, the different Loki variant, observing them by way of the CCTV cameras. The Variant units a countdown cost, after which exits the room.
Back to Loki and B-15 who discover a man (Lucius Baston) looking for vegetation in a storm. Naturally, that is very odd. B-15 desires to know if that might be him, and Loki says possibly. B-15 approaches the shopper however he places a hand on her earlier than she will hit him. There’s a inexperienced gentle as he touches B-15, an apparent signal that the Loki variant is hiding in Baston’s physique. But the second he comes into contact with B-15, it transfers into her physique and the different one collapses to the flooring. “So you are the fool they brought in to hunt me down?,” The Variant says to Loki, talking by way of Mosaku now. Elsewhere, the second TVA group — led by Mobius — has discovered the captured Hunter C-20 (Lane) in the CCTV room. They untie her as she mumbles one thing.
Back to Loki and The Variant in Loki episode 2. Loki mocks it for hiding in others’ our bodies, and it mocks him in return for working with the TVA. The Variant transfers right into a physique of a retailer clerk Randy (Austin Freeman) as he approaches them. “What’s the matter, you too scared to meet me face to face?,” Loki asks The Variant. Getting no response, Loki then pitches his huge plan: overthrow the time keepers. “I could use a qualified lieutenant. What say you, Loki?,” Loki provides. “Ugh, don’t call me that,” The Variant responds, in what’s a primary trace at The Variant’s affiliation with the Loki title. Clearly, it is not keen on it for causes unknown to us. But extra importantly, The Variant has little interest in ruling the TVA. Loki wonders what it desires, however The Variant cryptically provides: “You’re too late, it doesn’t matter.”
Turns out the different Loki variant was stalling for time simply as Loki did again in the tent earlier in Loki episode 2. Transferring into a 3rd physique (Hawk Walts), The Variant assaults Loki, earlier than establishing a second countdown timer. Finally, the variant exhibits itself in their very own physique — and it is Sophia Di Martino as what I suppose is Lady Loki. Again, I’m undecided, however the horns and the get-up all level to that, together with the undeniable fact that TVA has beforehand deemed it a Loki variant. As the timer hits zero, all the reset costs Lady Loki stole disappear by way of tiny time doorways of their very own, kicking off dozens of timelines and inflicting chaos again at the TVA as their issues multiply. It appears to me that it is a main distraction that can permit Lady Loki to perform her actual plan.
“This isn’t about you,” Lady Loki says to Loki, earlier than opening a time door for herself, waving goodbye and strolling off. A shocked Loki is clearly rethinking every part, simply as Mobius & Co. — having noticed them by way of the CCTV cameras — monitor Loki down. Mobius shouts at Loki to not undergo the open time door, but it surely’s clear that Loki has made up his thoughts. Loki follows Lady Loki by way of the time door, simply as Loki episode 2 cuts to black.