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We just met a time monster in ‘Loki.’ Who is Alioth?

Alioth has origins in the Marvel comic books

Tom Hiddleston in “Loki.”
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in “Loki.”
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Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for “Loki” Episode 5“Journey into Mystery.”

What happens in ‘Loki’ Episode 5?

In the fifth episode of “Loki,” Loki wakes up on a random planet where all the Time Variance Authority variants are discarded and left to die. He meets Old Loki, Kid Loki, Alligator Loki and another Loki, who has a hammer.

Almost immediately, Loki and the squad see a massive monster who is thrashing through the planet. Old Man Loki and Kid Loki reveal the creature to be Alioth, a monstrous creature that eats the variants and sends them into oblivion.

Who is Alioth?

Alioth is a creature that has origins of the Marvel comic books. Per ScreenRant, the monster “considers itself to be the first entity to free itself from the constraints of time.”

“Alioth feeds upon temporal energy, and anyone or anything that spends too long in its mass is absorbed into it,” ScreenRant reports.

The creature is also the enemy of Kang the Conquerer, a time-traveling villain who has appeared throughout the Marvel comic books. He is often a villain of the Avengers and battles them consistently. There’s also an Easter egg in the episode to Kang the Conquerer, as Alioth eventually opens up to reveal a passage to a land that has the same colors as Kang’s outfit.

What happens to Alioth?

In the latest “Loki” episode, Loki and Sylvie end up enchanting Alioth, taking over the creature’s ability and shutting it down. Alioth then evaporates into nothingness and opens itself up to a new location, where Loki and Sylvie travel to, ending the episode.