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Loki Episode 5 Slipped A Thor: Ragnarok Reference Right Past You

Contains spoilers for "Loki" Episode 5

When Marvel pivoted its massive cinematic universe to television, devotees were eager to see the evolution of classic comic book characters and locations in a new medium. Unsurprisingly, all the Marvel shows on Disney+ have been huge successes, and have only fleshed out the beloved universe even more.

"Loki," the newest MCU show on Disney+, is no exception. The God of Mischief has long been a fan-favorite character, and it's been a real treat to see Tom Hiddleston bring the character to life in his first headlining endeavor. While Loki's adoptive brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and rest of the Avengers are no where to be found in the series (well, at least so far — one never knows what might happen in a Marvel Cinematic Universe property), it's still evident to audiences that "Loki" hasn't forgotten about them.

In "Loki" Episode 5, which hit Disney+ on July 7, there was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to "Thor: Ragnarok," reminding viewers of the hilarious and heartwarming kinship between the two Odinsons.

The 'get help' trick

In Episode 5, Loki wakes up in what's revealed to be "the Void," a place where pruned variants are sent, terminating their timelines. (Fans got a glimpse at this in the post-credits scene of "Loki" Episode 4.) Here, the God of Mischief  meets several more variants of himself, including Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei), Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant), and, amusingly, an alligator Loki. An evil, aggressive creature named Alioth protects the Void and exists to keep variants from attempting to escape.

However, the gang finds themselves faced with a different conflict, when, in true Loki fashion, the variants begin to betray one another — including the newly discovered President Loki and his army (which turns on him too). In the midst of the scuffle, Classic Loki creates projections of himself, Kid Loki, Alligator Loki (or Croki, as we like to call him), and "our" Loki to cause a diversion. Kid Loki then throws Alligator Loki at one of the army members. 

This is a clever callback to Thor's beloved "get help" trick as seen in "Thor: Ragnarok," when Thor pretends an injured Loki needs assistance, then throw his adopted brother at the enemy, disarming them. In this episode, we discover that Kid Loki actually killed Thor in his own timeline, but perhaps he and his own brother did this clever trick prior to their unfortunate end.

Will we see more subtle callbacks to past MCU films in the "Loki" finale? We'll just have to wait and see.