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Why Thor & Heimdall Were Referenced In Marvel's Loki Footage

Thor, Loki, Heimdall

Loki is set to take the character in an interesting new direction, as revealed during the recent Disney Investor Day 2020. 

A new teaser revealed that the character would be recruited by the Time Variance Authority, putting Loki into wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey shenanigans that rival Doctor Who. One particular moment from the trailer already has fans turning heads, with many wondering whether Black Widow is the mysterious female character seen in the trailer.

In addition to lead actor Tom Hiddleston, the series features Doctor Who's Gugu Mbatha-Raw, The Rise of Skywalker's Richard E. Grant, and crowd pleaser Owen Wilson in the role of Mobius M. Mobius. Showrunner Michael Waldron previously told fans to "expect the unexpected" in the sci-fi series, indicating that the show will handle the genre in plenty of unique ways. 

In the latest teaser, Loki has a few choice words for some familiar MCU characters...

NEWS

In the Exclusive Clip released for the Loki Disney series, Tom Hiddleston's titular character calls out a few well-known Asgardians. As Loki exits a plane, he says "Brother, Heimdall, you better be ready." 

 Loki
Loki

Interestingly, the official closed captions feature a different line, where Loki states "Brother, when I'm down, you better be ready." This omission of Heimdall's name may be an error, though. 



WHAT THIS MEANS

Whatever Loki's game plan is with the Time Variance Authority, his ultimate goal appears to be heading towards his brother and the gatekeeper of Asgard. Whether Thor and Heimdall will actually appear in the series is a completely different story. Both Chris Hemsworth and Idris Elba have made frequent appearances in the MCU, so it would not be out of the realm of possibility for them to return.

Their appearances would likely take the form of past versions of the characters too, allowing the actors to have fun by returning to their prior iterations. A return for Heimdall would also certainly give Elba a bit more to do in the MCU, after being somewhat shafted in his previous appearances. A faceoff between Loki and Heimdall could be just the thing to reinvigorate the Bifrost guardian's role in the franchise. It is also notable that the Bifrost is activated to transport Loki as he plunges from the plane. Could Loki have formed a temporary alliance with the Asgardian, only to betray him at the last moment? It certainly would be a classic Loki move. 

Loki's attitude towards Thor and Heimdall indicates that he is back to his old tricks, straddling the line between hero and villain. Whilst Loki redeemed himself in Avengers: Infinity War, this version of Loki still has a lot of learning to do, so it is clear that he will be returning to his antihero role and reveling in it. Hopefully his return to villainy won't come at the cost of Thor and Heimdall's demise.

Loki seems to be on a warpath leading to Thor and Heimdall, which will be explored when the series releases on Disney+ in May 2021.