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The WandaVision Reference You Missed In Loki Episode 1

Contains spoilers for "Loki" Episode 1

With just one episode out so far, there's already a lot to unpack in "Loki," as the trickster god is on a whole new adventure he never saw coming. We get to witness the aftermath of the 2012 version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stealing the Tesseract in the "Avengers: Endgame" time heist, which results in his capture by the Time Variance Authority, aka the TVA. The organization monitors the flow of time and is charged with protecting what's known as the "Sacred Timeline." Loki's theft of the Tesseract disrupted that timeline, and he's therefore dubbed a variant.

Right after the TVA captures Loki, he finds himself navigating the bizarre layout of the facility, as he drops through floors, walks down bendy hallways, and takes long elevator rides. One of the first stops Loki makes in the TVA headquarters is in a waiting area, which has a winding line that leads to a glass window with an attendant behind it. While Loki is walking through the line, a video begins playing on a television, which features TVA icon Miss Minutes (voiced by Tara Strong). The video explains to waiting variants why the TVA captured them and what they can expect while they are being held. 

During this crash course on the sacred timeline by Miss Minutes, there's a brief callback to "WandaVision" you may have missed.

Miss Minutes references something from a WandaVision commercial

Six commercials play out across the nine total episodes of Disney+'s "WandaVision," and they all reference important events in Wanda Maximoff's (Elizabeth Olsen) past, mainly focusing on her grief. Episode 6 features a commercial for Nexus antidepressants — a play on both Wanda's emotional state and her role as a Nexus Being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In "Loki," Miss Minutes explains how variants create Nexus events when they veer off the timeline the Time Keepers have created. When left unchecked, these events can lead to "madness," which could then cause a war across the multiverse.

This second mention of "Nexus" in two of Marvel Studios' three already released Disney+ series gives us a good indication of what's to come in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." Wanda's newfound powers and ability to warp realities will work hand-in-hand with Nexus events we'll see created in "Loki." Both series are the perfect setup for the upcoming film, which is set to explore the multiverse in more detail. Expect to get a deeper understanding of Nexus events as "Loki" continues, and an even stronger knowledge in the "Doctor Strange" sequel, which lands in theaters on March 25, 2022.