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Loki Creators Shoot Down Speculation About Mephisto Appearance (SPOILERS)

June 9, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Warning: Spoilers follow for the series premiere of Loki.

The creators of Loki are getting ahead of speculation that Mephisto might appear in the show, which premiered today. The first episode of the Disney+ show bowed on Wednesday at the stroke of midnight PT, and “Glorious Purpose” featured a scene that takes place in the 16th century where a Time Variant Authority squad is murdered by a rogue Variant. When Agent Mobius investigates, a young child points to a stained glass window depicting the devil to indicate the culprit.

That immediately got fans wondering if, after his speculated appearance in WandaVision never happened, Mephisto might make an appearance in Loki instead. The Marvel version of the devil has been long rumored to be making an appearance, with the presence of items like The Darkhold and Doctor Strange’s dive into traditional magic and the demonic Dormammu opening the door to such an appearance. However, writer Michael Waldron and director Kate Herron told ET Online that the stained glass window was just a way to reference Loki himself.

“It’s honestly just a super weird coincidence,” Herron said. “Like, it’s genuinely a reference to Loki — the horns, he was cast out of heaven, that’s what it’s a reference to. Because we filmed that a long time before– I think WandaVision must have been in post when we filmed that. I did see all the stuff about that online and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be interesting.’ [Laughs] But no, it’s more relevant to the themes of our show and it’s not a nod to that character.

Waldron, who also co-wrote the upcoming Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, played a bit more coy about the odds of the character showing up at some point, noting, “Mephisto, I was just reading about that character. It’s pretty interesting. It would be interesting if he ever showed up in the MCU.”

The first episode of Loki is now available on Disney+. You can check out our own Jeffrey Harris’ review of the first two episodes here.