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We met our new ‘Loki’ villain, and it’s quite a twist

What you need to know about the new ‘Loki’ villain

The Variant appears in Marvel Studios’ new “Loki” show.
A scene from Marvel Studios’ new “Loki” show.
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Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Episode 2 of “Loki.”

The second episode of “Loki” introduced a new villain at the end — Lady Loki. And this could have major consequences for what comes next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What happened in ‘Loki’ Episode 2?

The second episode of “Loki” — titled “The Variant” — ended with Loki meeting the variant Loki running around killing members of the Time Variance Authority. The variant reveals herself to be a female version of Loki from another timeline, who many comic book readers would see to be Lady Loki.

Who is Lady Loki in the Marvel comics?

As we learn in the second episode of “Loki,” the god of mischief has taken many forms over the years in multiple timelines. Sometimes, Loki is bigger, stronger and monstrous. Other times, he’s fragile, small and a lot like his current self. We learn in Episode 2 that, yes, the variant running around is Lady Loki — a female variant of the original Loki.

In the Marvel comic books, Lady Loki had a really strong beginning in 2008, according to Digital Spy. She often tricked the Marvel superheroes, just like Loki does. In fact, the original Loki in the comics is reborn as Lady Loki after the Ragnarok Apocolypse on Asgard (which happened in the comic books in 2008). She actually used the body of Lady Sif, who was Thor’s love interest at the time. According to the Marvel wiki page, Lady Loki often worked with Asgardians to take down some villains as well. Interestingly, Loki once took the form of the Scarlet Witch — yes, Wanda from “WandaVision” — to fight the Avengers in the Marvel comics soon after, according to the Marvel wiki page.

“Seeing as Lady Loki is just Loki, her personality and traits are the same as the god of mischief,” according to Nerdist. “She can vary from heroism to villainy, manipulation to altruism, and is, of course, incredibly stylish. Because of those similarities, the thing we can learn most about Loki from the fact that Lady Loki might show up is more to do with circumstance and story than character.”

What does Lady Loki mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Per Digital Spy, the addition of Lady Loki as an alternate version of Loki suggests that we may see more versions of Loki in the future. For example, we could see a Kid Loki show up, who was also popular in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“If what the TVA say is to be believed, it seems that this Loki is a variant who hails from a divergent timeline, and her actions at the end certainly imply she plans to create the multiverse that Marvel has been building towards for so long,” according to Digital Spy.