This post contains a frank discussion on Season 1, Episode 2 of Loki, titled “The Variant”. If you haven’t seen it yet, now is your chance to go.
Before the big reveal at the end of Loki Episode 2, several comic book fans thought they knew exactly what was coming. Actress Sophia di martino he had been cast in a mysterious and nameless role. Surely, many assumed, she is playing a character known as Lady Loki, also known as the female version of Loki in the comics. What showed up to be the case when, at the end of the episode, he pulled back his hood, revealed his little horns, and smirked. By Tom Hiddleston Loki: “This is not about you. “
In most versions of the end credits, Di Martino is also listed as “The Variant,” which would make perfect sense for what the series has positioned her for. But at least one fan noted that in one version of the foreign credit market, Di Martino’s character appears as “Sylvie”—And that could ruin what many comic book fans assumed about this series. The Still Watching podcast team breaks down their thoughts on the episode here:
First, let’s keep in mind that almost everything we know about the character Di Martino plays has been courtesy of the Time Variance Authority itself. We only have Mobius’s (Owen wilson) word to say that this woman is a) dangerous and b) a variant of Loki. (Yes, he has also killed some of the weather cops. I’ll get to that). As charmingly personable as Mobius, Miss Minutes, and TVA’s production design, let us recognize that an institution with so much control over our free will other one that uses constant propaganda to convey its messages (Do you have viewed TVA walls lately?) is one of us that we should be very skeptical of.
It is also worth mentioning that when this mysterious woman appeared on the Roxxcart in various other guises, most notably as Roxxcart employee Randy, she repeatedly insisted that she was not quite a Loki. “Please,” he says to Loki, “if someone is someone, it’s me.” When Loki winks at him and calls Randy “Loki”, he responds, “Ugh, don’t call me that.”
Now listen: technically, this could still be a Loki. You never know with these Marvel shows, they choose when they will stick with the comics and when they will deviate. But comic book fans have noticed that there is a young blond character named Sylvie in the comics, also known as Enchantress. What about you created by Loki to be an agent of chaos, but technically she is not a Loki. She is kind of daughter to Loki. Something like. Note that while Lokis is known for illusion or duplication magic (something this episode struggles to explain), the hooded woman in the Roxxcart is possessing people instead. Or, as Loki of Hiddleston puts it: “enchantment it’s a smart trick. ”
If she’s not a Loki and she’s Sylvie / Enchantress, where did she come from? His magic is green, and Marvel is very particular about color-coding his magic, so he probably still has Some connection with Loki-dom. So did Loki of Hiddleston create it at some point in the future? Is she more literally his daughter? Was it created by another version of Loki? Another fun moving theory argues that Wilson’s Mobius is actually another Loki, working undercover at TVA. Made Hears create or beget this young woman? Is that why you are so interested in catching her?
Whether it’s an American blonde Loki Variant or Sylvie the Enchantress, I’m not inclined to believe that Di Martino’s character will end up being the true villain of this piece. It’s only episode 2! It is true that he has killed several TVA employees, but what if it is actually TVA that is bad? Why would they lie about her being a Loki? Maybe they are confused and think she is, or maybe Mobius is so interested in hiding the truth of his connection to her that he has created this Loki variant story to hide his identity. Or maybe she just it is a Loki, and prefers a different name.