Loki Director Confirms MCU Origins of That Mystery Spaceship

By Russ Milheim Updated:
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The most successful show to date on Disney+ has been Loki. Tom Hiddleston's first solo outing has received praise from critics and fans alike. The project also happened to burst the MCU wide open

Not only was the multiverse introduced to the world, but Kang the Conqueror as well. Technically speaking, it was He Who Remains, someone who also happens to be a Variant of the next big MCU villain. 

In the show's finale, which featured both of those big milestones, there was a great opening sequence that gave a visualization of the hierarchy of the cosmos. Within it, for the briefest moment, fans were able to spot a spaceship zoom by the camera. 

But what was it? Well, thankfully, Loki's director has a few words to share on the matter.


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In an interview with CinemablendLoki director Kate Herron opened up about that mystery spaceship that can be seen in the opening sequence of the show's finale. 

Herron's desire to infuse "a bit more MCU flavor" in the opening led to the spacecraft's appearance. According to the director, "if people look at the ship closely, they will recognize it" 

"So I would say that, for the spaceship, it was a fun Marvel nod. We had an homepage to Contact, but I was like, 'Okay, how can we get this a bit more MCU flavor?' So it was kind of picking some... I would say if people look at the ship, they will recognize it. It's been in a few things. [Laughs]"


It's nice of Herron to confirm the ship's familiarity to the fans––some of whom have pointed out that the mystery ship may be a Quinjet. The theory holds some ground when comparing it to the LEGO set of the aforementioned ship seen in Avengers: Endgame, as the colors of both line up. Below is the set for reference:

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It would certainly line up with the sequence, the same few minutes where fans got a flurry of past MCU references as the show visualized all of time and space. Herron and her team had their pick as to what was going to be referenced. 

While Loki has finished its first season, and the sophomore run isn't even on the schedule yet, fans can still look forward to the upcoming show What If...?. The very concept of the series aims to explore all of the potential events that Loki made possible. The MCU's first animated venture is going to be the first of many upcoming projects that will explore the multiverse.

What If...? is set to premiere on August 11, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.

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- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.