Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Episode 1 of “Loki.”
“Loki” director Kate Herron said in a recent interview that Loki will not battle the villain Mephisto in the upcoming series.
Herron told Entertainment Tonight that Mephisto — who is basically Marvel’s version of the devil — isn’t one of the main antagonists for Loki in the show. She pointed to a scene in one of the trailers where there’s a horned creature, which many took as a reference to Mephisto.
- “It’s honestly just a super weird coincidence. Like, it’s genuinely a reference to Loki — the horns, he was cast out of heaven, that’s what it’s a reference to,” she told Entertainment Tonight, “I did see all the stuff about that online and I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be interesting.’ But no, it’s more relevant to the themes of our show and it’s not a nod to that character.”
Who is Mephisto?
According to IGN, Mephisto has long created darker events to occur in the Marvel Universe, specifically in comic books. But he hasn’t been seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.
- But, per IGN, Loki’s head writer and showrunner Michael Waldron said he had been reading Mephisto comics and said “it would be interesting if (Mephisto) ever showed up in the MCU.”
Rumors of Mephisto in ‘WandaVision’
For a brief time, there were rumors circulating that Mephisto would show up in “WandaVision” since there was clearly someone nefarious behind everything that was happening on the show, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Those rumors proved not to be true, but it didn’t stop people from theorizing about the character sometimes coming into the MCU.