Loki episode 1 Easter eggs revealed by director, including nods to Iron Man and The Last of Us

Tom Hiddleston in Loki
(Image credit: Disney)

Loki director Kate Herron has revealed some Easter eggs in episode 1 of the Marvel series.

The first involves the early minutes of the episode, where Loki crash lands into a desert. Herron revealed that this was an intentional callback to the first Iron Man movie, which she explained "felt like a fun way to reference the film that started it all and wanted it to represent Loki's new journey ahead." Check out a comparison of the scenes below.

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The director also revealed that showing a moment from The Avengers that featured Ashley Johnson, the voice of Ellie in The Last of Us, was also a deliberate shoutout: "I'm a massive fan of the [Naughty Dog] [Last of Us] games and [Critical Role] so yes, I couldn't resist getting in that great moment with [Ashley Johnson] from #AvengersAssemble in our montage"

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A more unconventional shoutout is one to Wallace and Gromit – specifically a sequence where Gromit drops into his trousers while falling from one room to another. Loki goes through a similar ordeal in the episode, complete with a costume change.

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Herron also talked about a line of dialogue from the premiere episode: "Last one is one of [my] favorite lines by [Michael Waldron, head writer], I love it when Loki calls himself a villain, and Mobius says "That's not [how] I see it", really beautiful moment of empathy and a insight into what kind of character Mobius is."

And finally, Herron revealed that a moment where Mobius brings a doodle of a stick figure to 3D life was Owen Wilson's idea: "Building on the last one and Mobius' empathy, the moment when he draws a stick figure for the kid in the cathedral was a pitch of Owen's, and also revealed to be another fun bit of tech world-building too for the tem pad"

These are far from the only Easter eggs in the premiere episode – a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment might be teasing the MCU debut of the villainous Kang the Conqueror ahead of his confirmed appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and the episode might also have teased Secret Wars with its reference to multiversal war.

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Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.