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.
1/2 IRON MAN - image stolen from @AliPlumb (cheers!), this was a homage to #ironman, felt like a fun way to reference the film that started it all and wanted it to represent Loki’s new journey ahead pic.twitter.com/2AQjYyqJqsJune 14, 2021
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"
1/4 LAST OF US - Filmmaker @Palmer291 asked me this, I’m a massive fan of the @naughty_dog #lastofus games and @CriticalRole so yes, I couldn’t resist getting in that great moment with @TheVulcanSalute from #AvengersAssemble in our montage pic.twitter.com/ErNzreqw94June 14, 2021
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.
1/3 WALLACE AND GROMIT - I’ve said a lot of our refs behind the cubes Loki falls through (which was the genius invention and idea of our production designer #kasrafarahani) when he goes into the #tva but I forgot this key ref https://t.co/3M7tbNVq73June 14, 2021
Herron also talked about (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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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