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Easter Eggs You Missed In Loki

"Loki" is the third Marvel series to premiere on Disney+, following the very successful "WandaVision" and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier." The show's story picks up in 2012, after Loki (Tom Hiddleston) steals the Tesseract during the time heist in "Avengers: Endgame." It was revealed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige at SDCC 2019 that "Loki" would see the fallout of that theft, which immediately results in his capture by the TVA (Time Variance Authority). We learn very quickly in "Loki" that the TVA has been around for quite some time (ahem) and was created and perfectly crafted to protect its proper flow.

Run by people who are born and bred to work for the TVA, the bureaucracy routinely tracks and captures variants — beings who have strayed off their proper path. Straying can lead to catastrophic events, which creates the need for intervention. Loki is one of these variants, and he proves helpful in aiding Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) in his efforts to track another dangerous variant.

There is much to unpack along the way, and "Loki" is just as strange, if not more, than the frequently mind-bending "WandaVision." The story is complex, and as we watch the characters travel through time, things only get all the more confusing. The series is full of Easter eggs — something not uncommon for an MCU property. These hidden Marvel gems are abundant, especially in the introduction of new characters, agencies, and alternate timelines. Read on to see some of the big Easter eggs you might have missed in "Loki."

A sandy throwback

When Episode 1 of "Loki" kicks off, a brief recap of the events leading up to the series plays out. After Loki is captured at the finale of "The Avengers," we see him escorted by the superhero team to the bottom floor of Avengers tower. A disgruntled Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) causes a future Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to drop a briefcase containing the Tesseract, which then bounces in front of Loki's feet. The trickster grabs the cube and vanishes, disrupting the entire time heist.

We find out that this portal's other end was in Mongolia — specifically the Gobi Desert — where Loki drops out of the sky. His head sticks out of the sand as he lays on his back, the desert's landscape partly covering his green and gold garb. While it's a brief moment in the episode's intro, it's also a major callback to the MCU property that started it all: "Iron Man."

When Tony escapes from his captors in that film, he flies off into the sky, but he comes crashing down into the desert sand after his home-brewed suit malfunctions, breaking apart into hundreds of pieces and leaving him dazed on the ground. The shot with Loki is a nice nod to the first "Iron Man" and a pleasant parallel that depicts the aftermath of two men who have just escaped capture.

Nexus events

After Loki is captured by the TVA, he's taken to their headquarters. He signs some paperwork, walks through a temporal aura detector, and then takes a number as he waits to see a judge for his crimes against the timeline. While waiting, he's treated to an educational video produced by the TVA to explain to variants why they've been captured. Hosted by TVA mascot Miss Minutes, the video goes into detail about the creation of the TVA and how the Time Keepers monitor the timestream.

Miss Minutes then explains that when variants veer off their predetermined course, they create a "nexus event," which, if "left unchecked, could branch off into madness, leading to another multiversal war." This isn't the first time we've heard the word "nexus" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and the last time wasn't long before "Loki": One of the six "WandaVision" commercials seen during the series' show-within-a-show is an advertisement for Nexus antidepressants. Nexus will be a significant word and concept moving forward in the MCU, as evidenced by the title of the "Doctor Strange" sequel, "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."

In "WandaVision," the Nexus drug was being advertised as a medicine for Wanda Maximoff's (Elizabeth Olsen) grief and anger — and also a reference to her role as a nexus being. "Loki" is poised to further explore what the term means in the MCU.

Minutemen

When Loki is apprehended in the Gobi Desert, several TVA officers arrive through a portal to capture him. These officers are known as Minutemen, which is almost certainly a nod to Marvel Comics' Minutemen based on their purpose and uniforms. First appearing in "Fantastic Four" #352, the Minutemen are charged with policing the timestream. As these TVA guards serve the same sort of purpose, their appearance is a nice Easter egg.

In the Marvel comics, the Minutemen are actually robots, not human beings as they appear to be in "Loki." However, it should be noted that at the beginning of Episode 1, a TVA worker asks Loki to clarify that he is not a "fully robotic being." Loki then asks the worker if there are people who don't know that they're robots. It's probably nothing more than a throwaway gag, but Marvel is nothing if not tricky. Who knows? These Minutemen look like living, breathing beings, but they could actually be artificial.

Ravonna Renslayer

Although she isn't mentioned by name in the first episode of "Loki," we know Gugu Mbatha-Raw's character is Marvel comics character Ravonna Renslayer. She's never been a judge or otherwise associated with the TVA in the comics, but she does have a lengthy history nonetheless. First appearing in "Avengers" #63 in 1965, Ravonna gives the MCU plenty of content to pull from.

An important thing to notice surrounding the character's history in the comics is her involvement with Kang the Conquerer. We know Kang will be a villain in the upcoming "Ant-Man: Quantumania," so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect some sort of involvement from Ravonna there as well. In the comics, she's the daughter of King Carelius, the ruler of the last kingdom on Earth-6311 that Kang overtook. The conqueror spared their empire due to his adoration for Ravonna, but she was not so smitten with him.

The relationship between Kang and Ravonna is a long and complicated one, leaving the door open for many storylines for the MCU. The Avengers also play a large part in Kang and Ravonna's back and forth, further opening possible storylines for the latter.

Mobius M. Mobius

Before Episode 1 ("Glorious Purpose") debuted, it was revealed that Owen Wilson would be playing Mobius M. Mobius in "Loki." Mobius first appeared in "Fantastic Four" #353 in 1991 as a lower-level worker of the TVA. After exhibiting an exemplary work ethic, Mobius was promoted to upper management and eventually became a TVA judge. In "Loki," Mobius appears to be earlier in his career trajectory, but we could see the series end with him behind the bench.

As far as his appearance goes, Wilson sports a mustache, an essential attribute of the Marvel character. Mobius has a stark black mustache in the comics, partly due to the inspiration behind the character's appearance, which is based on Marvel Comics legend Mark Gruenwald. In fact, all the TVA workers in the comics are clones of Gruenwald — a knowing nod to his status as a Marvel continuity expert.

D.B. Cooper

In Episode 1, when Mobius plays scenes from Loki's past in a TVA interrogation room, the highlight reel includes an airplane hijacking that leaves Mobius howling. "I can't believe you were D.B. Cooper! Come on!" he tells Loki. The trickster then admits that he pulled it off because he lost a bet to Thor. Loki is seen being brought back to Asgard when Heimdall summons the Bifrost after he jumps out of the plane. Having Loki literally pulled out of thin air offers an excellent explanation for D.B. Cooper's real-life disappearance.

To this day, the explanation for Cooper's vanishing remains a mystery. According to the FBI, the mystery man hijacked an airplane on November 24, 1971. After telling a flight attendant that he had a bomb, he demanded $200,000 in $20 bills and four parachutes. After the plane landed in Seattle, all the passengers left, and the plane took off again with the Cooper, the pilot, and some crew members. The hijacker was given his requests, and he jumped out of the back of the plane somewhere between Seattle and Reno, Nevada. The mystery man, whose name probably wasn't D.B. Cooper, was never found, and the case was never closed.

Josta soda

Not every Easter egg that's hidden in an MCU property has something to do with Marvel Comics. Case in point: Josta soda makes an appearance in Episode 1 of "Loki." Mobius takes a sip of the beverage, which was only available for a few years in the 1990s. We didn't see the TVA travel to the '90s in Episode 1, so we know that at least somewhere before "Loki" begins, Mobius scooped some of the beverage up while he was visiting the decade for another reason. Given that time works differently in the TVA, it makes sense that Mobius might want to sip on a drink so high in caffeine.

Josta was a product of PepsiCo and one of the first big energy drinks to be mass-produced, but it didn't last long. Given that the market for these types of drinks in the '90s wasn't as robust as it is today, the product didn't sell well. Just as with former caffeine-fueled drinks like Surge and Vault, Josta developed a following of former drinkers who still hope to get the beverage back on grocery store shelves.