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The Chris Hemsworth Cameo In Loki Episode 5 You Totally Missed

"Loki" has been a massive success for Marvel Studios and Disney+, and the series continues to rake in tons of viewers each week. The penultimate episode, "Journey Into Mystery" — itself a nod to the name of the 1960s comic book in which Loki and Thor first appeared – was full of "Loki" Easter eggs that had Marvel Cinematic Universe fans across the internet dissecting every frame to find fun little comic book nods. This was particularly true of the vast wasteland in the void at the end of time, which was full of MCU relics, including the Dark Aster, Yellowjacket's helmet, and the remains of a ruined Avengers Tower (renamed Qeng, itself an Easter egg). We also met a whole new gaggle of Loki variants, in addition to the group which debuted in the Episode 4 post-credits scene.

While spotting the Thanos Copter in the void was one of the coolest Easter eggs in the entire MCU, there was one other that joined it at the top of the ranks. Episode 5 pulled one of the most beloved — and often poked fun at — characters straight from the Marvel pages and threw him right into "Loki." This moment was also doubly special as it included a special cameo from Chris Hemsworth himself, which many viewers of the episode likely missed.

Of course, funny cameos are nothing new when it comes to the standalone Asgardian projects within the MCU.

Remember when Chris Hemsworth's brother played an actor playing Thor?

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fans should recall an early scene in "Thor: Ragnarok" in which the title hero returns to Asgard, having just defeated Surtur by ripping the crown-slash-big eyebrow off the fire demon's head on Muspelheim. After showing Skurge zero respect upon returning to his home world via the bifrost, Thor heads to the palace and finds Odin (Anthony Hopkins) — really Loki in disguise as Odin — taking in a play, "The Tragedy of Loki of Asgard." This wonderful thespian opus tells a fictionalized version of the events on Svartelfheim that went down in "Thor: The Dark World," namely Loki's seeming death and sacrifice. With Matt Damon taking on the role of an Asgardian actor playing Loki, Thor actor Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke Hemsworth played the actor playing Thor. It was cute, it was fun, it was completely ridiculous, and shortly thereafter Thor unmasked Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and essentially ripped the heart and soul out of the production by revealing the drama upon which it's based to be completely false. That's show business, folks.

As Looper reported in March, Melissa McCarthy's role in "Thor: Love and Thunder" was revealed to be that of another Asgardian actor. She'll be joining Damon and Luke Hemsworth in the Asgardian theater troupe as the actor taking on Hela in what we assume is an as-yet untitled sequel to "The Tragedy of Loki of Asgard." Whether or not this hotly anticipated Asgardian production will be more rooted in fact than its predecessor remains to be seen. 

In the meantime, as we said, Thor actor Chris Hemsworth himself made a surprise appearance in Episode 5 of "Loki."

Chris Hemsworth had a voice cameo in Loki Episode 5

Just shy of 10 minutes into Episode 5, Loki is traveling with his newfound group of fellow Lokis, bound for the shelter of their underground bunker. As the camera pans from above ground to the hidden lair, a major Easter egg hides in the dirt. Stuck in a jar that reads T365 is a miniature Thor, who turns out to be the Toad of Thunder: Throg. The tiny — but mighty — amphibian jumps around in the jar, attempting to reach Mjolnir. While he does this, he lets out a few grunts of frustration. And according to "Loki" director Kate Herron (via For All Nerds), these grunts were actually recorded by Chris Hemsworth himself.

Herron clarified that these noises were not recycled from any previous films Hemsworth appeared in, but it was brand new audio the actor who brings the God of Thunder to life set aside time to do. Fans were hoping to get some sort of cameo from the Australian actor in "Loki," and this was just the perfect way to do it without having him steal the spotlight from his on-screen brother. 

As "Loki" writer Eric Martin revealed during his live-tweet screening of Episode 5, fans could have seen Throg much sooner. "We actually shot a scene for the Time Theater in Ep 1 of Loki getting pummeled by Frog Thor, but had to cut it to keep things moving. It's too bad, because Tom was funny as hell."

Hemsworth will also lend his voice to Thor in the upcoming MCU series, "What If...?," which is set to debut on Disney+ on August 11.