Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Thor: Love & Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder‘s Loki Easter egg has fans sobbing online. Writer/director Taika Waititi’s highly anticipated sequel to Thor: Ragnarok was released in theaters on July 8. Taking place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, the film sees Chris Hemsworth return as Thor during the character’s mid-life crisis. It also stars Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster Aka the Mighty Thor, Jamie Alexander’s Lady Sif, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, Waititi’s Korg, Russell Crowe’s Zeus, and Christian Bale’s villain Gorr the God Butcher. Love and Thunder is the first entry in the Thor franchise not to feature Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief, Loki.
After Thor’s adoptive brother “died” twice (as mentioned by Korg at the beginning of Love and Thunder), Loki sacrificed himself to save Thor from Thanos in Infinity War. In Love and Thunder, Thor, Jane, and Valkyrie travel to Omnipotence City to recruit other gods in their fight against Gorr. At first, the trio enters the city in disguise. However, when they are found out, Zeus accidentally “flicks” off all of Thor’s clothes, revealing his tattoo-covered back. In addition to a scroll dedicated to lost loved ones (Mother, Father, Heimdall, Tony, Natasha, and Loki), the God of Thunder’s most noticeable tattoos are Loki’s Helmet and the phrases “RIP Loki,” “brothers,” and “rest in mischief.”
Fans who have already seen Love and Thunder have shared their reactions to the film on social media. A handful of these reactions deal with the aforementioned Loki Easter eggs, and people are heartbroken. Check out some selected Twitter reactions below:
this is the best part about l&t. loki’s horns. the rip loki. the rest in mischief. the brothers. the broken heart. 🥺 the moon bc thor is the sun and loki is his moon (bc i said so) !! it’s a small thorki crumb even though we deserve more so i won’t ever stop talking about it 🔪 pic.twitter.com/J3f0nveMH2
— ry ⚡️🐍 (@magicthunders) July 8, 2022
I love the fact that Thor has a “?” right in Loki name on the tattooed list of people he lost. He still has hope that everything is a lie and see his brother again.
— By Jocelyn (@cuddleswerever) July 8, 2022
Why no one is talking about the fact that Thor is wearing the Lovelook again in honor of Loki? pic.twitter.com/NVHTSiFyaU
— Thor é boiolinha pelo Loki 🐍⚡ (@Bruna_HeleneS2) July 8, 2022
Loki arguably enjoyed one of the MCU’s best character arcs. Not unlike his counterpart in Norse mythology, he began as the envious and bitter brother who deemed Thor unworthy of the Asgardian throne. Thanks to Thor: The Dark World and Ragnarok (and Hiddleston’s multi-faceted performance), Loki’s lust for power/attention was mitigated by his brother’s forgiveness and, therefore, the rivalry turned to respect and love. His death deeply impacted Thor and, if the above reactions to his honorary tattoos are any indication, audiences as well.
Thor’s tattoos help to make Loki’s presence felt in Thor: Love and Thunder. Still, Hiddleston’s physical presence and winning chemistry with Hemsworth are sorely missed. Of course, there is the possibility for a reunion between Thor and Loki, albeit a different version. Disney+’s Loki—which recently began filming season 2—follows the variant version of Hiddleston’s character who escaped with the Tesseract in Endgame. Unfortunately, that version of the character didn’t undergo the arc of the original, who shall rest in peace with Jane in Valhalla (presumably). That said, it remains to be seen if Thor gets a Jane tattoo in Thor 5.
More: Loki Season 2’s First Easter Egg Proves Frog Thor Was Nothing
Source: Various (see above)
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