Thus far this season, Tom Hiddleston's god of mischief has been tasked with finding the villainous Ravonna Renslayer (who has teamed up with the charming AI Miss Minutes) as well as trying to stop a Temporal Meltdown at the TVA.
MCU Fans Meet Balder the Brave
Warning - The rest of this article contains spoilers for Season 2, Episode 3 of Loki.
During Loki and Mobius' visit to the World's Fair of 1893 (which featured the series debut of Jonathan Majors' Victor Timely), MCU fans were introduced to a new member of Thor's family, Balder the Brave.
This secret brother of Loki and Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder was part of a Norse pavilion Loki and Mobius came across during their time in 1893 Chicago.
The exhibit featured statuettes of Thor, Odin, and Balder, which Loki wryly called something of "a joke" and "completely inaccurate."
Tom Hiddleston's Asgardian took issue with the "simple diorama," describing it as a "crass generalization."
Loki's bitter tone warrants a response from Mobius who asks if the God of Mischief is "feeling a little left out," to which Loki name-dropped Balder for the first time in the MCU, saying, "Why’d they include Balder? No one’s even heard of him:"
Loki: “This has to be a joke.”
Mobius: “Does it make you homesick?”
Loki: “No, it’s completely inaccurate, first of all.
Mobius: “What, you don’t think that looks like Odin?”
Loki: “It’s embarrassing. It’s a crass generalization. I mean, you can’t reduce an entire culture down to a simple diorama. Such poverty of imagination.”
Mobius: “Is somebody feeling a little left out that they’re not up there?”
Loki: “No. And why’d they include Balder? No one’s even heard of him.”
Mobius: “Sure they have. Balder the Brave. You know sometimes I forget that you’re one of them. You are one of them. Blows my mind.”
Loki: “Thor’s not that tall.”
Balder Odinson/Balder the Brave has been a longtime Marvel Comics character, making his first appearance in Journey Into Mystery #85 in August 1965.
In Marvel Comics (and Norse Mythology) Balder is the brother and close ally to Thor, and, ultimately, his death is prophesized to bring about Ragnarok (aka the end of the world).
Balder is known for his invulnerability, which is granted to him by Odin and his mother, Frigga, to protect Asgard from any sort of cataclysmic event.
While Balder the Brave did not appear in earnest in the Disney+ series, this was the first sort of hint toward the third Odinson brother in the MCU.
Balder the Brave's MCU Destiny
While Balder did not appear in Loki, that does not mean he will never pop up in the MCU.
He already had a role in a previous Marvel Studios project but was ultimately cut during development.
Balder was set to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with James Bond actor Daniel Craig taking on the role.
Craig's Asgardian was reportedly going to be a part of the infamous Illuminati lineup seen in the final film.
According to concept artist Darrell Warner, Craig as Balder made it "no further than [his] watercolor [of the character]," with audiences getting just a hint at what the character would have looked like in the super-powered blockbuster.
Footage was seemingly shot featuring the Asgardian Prince in the Doctor Strange sequel, but he never made the final cut.
Following reports of the character's Doctor Strange 2 inclusion, Scarlet Witch actor Elizabeth Olsen confirmed Craig was going to be taking on the Marvel role, telling Happy Sad Confused's Josh Horowitz "[she] thought [that] was going to happen:"
Horowitz: "I asked him about playing Balder the Brave."
Olsen: "Yes, that's what I thought was going to happen."
Horowitz: "And where's Daniel Craig?"
Olsen: "Yeah, I saw the art. They made a costume. They had a design."
It remains unknown if Balder will ever make his Marvel Studios debut (or if Craig will be the one to play them), but the probability of an appearance from the Asgardian seems to be on the climb.
If he were to finally pop up in the MCU, it feels unlikely Loki would be the place. While including elements of the Thor mythology, the Disney+ series is much more focused on the science-fiction playground of the Multiverse rather than the Norse gods.
The most likely spot a Balder debut would make sense would be as a potential plot point in a fifth Thor movie, with Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder grappling with either the reemergence or discovery of his blood brother, Balder the Brave.
New episodes of Loki Season 2 will continue to drop on Disney+ every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.