Heartbreaking Fan Theory Could Explain Loki in the Rain

Fans are eagerly tuning in to Disney+ each week for the next installment of Loki. The series was an instant hit, and another home run for Disney and Marvel. The show about the God of Mischief followed closely on the heels of the successful WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Loki  takes fans on an action-packed adventure through time, searching for “variants” that are putting the sacred timeline at risk. The actions of these variants could cause chaos for the whole universe, and despite Loki’s mischievous nature, he is one of the only people that can help catch them. Each episode sparks new debates among fans, and a certain scene with Loki in the rain was no exception. 

Fans noticed that Loki had a touching moment in the rain 

There was a brief moment in episode two of Loki that might not have seemed very important, but it certainly sparked interest among dedicated Marvel fans. In the scene when Loki and the TVA are about to enter the Roxxcart grocery store (fans also may have noticed this as a nod to the Roxxon Corporation in the comics), the rain is pouring down and thunder rumbles in the sky. 

Loki pauses while the rest of the group charges forward. We see him look toward the sky when the thunder rumbles, a wistful expression on his face. Some fans believe the thunder makes Loki think of his brother, Thor, possibly reassessing the strained relationship between them. 

A recent Reddit thread discusses the meaning of Loki’s scene in the rain. Some definitely think Loki was remembering his brother, “Loki couldn’t help looking back at the storm because it reminds him of Thor.” Other Redditors hadn’t thought of that initially, but they liked the idea, “Brilliant detail, I wonder if they meant it to be about Thor. I don’t care if they didn’t this head-canon is better.”

However, there are some who disagree with the theory. They think that too much is being made out of a simple scene. One Redditor added, “I really don’t think it was the intention. I think it was simply Loki taking in an “apocalyptic” style event going on around him. He’s in the future now.” Another agreed, simply commenting, “Big reach.”

Episode 2 introduced a surprising new character

Tom Hiddleston
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The second episode of the season was action-packed, and started off with a mysterious variant causing serious trouble at a Renaissance Fair. When Loki and Mobius arrive on the scene, Loki uses his first mission as an opportunity to escape. He underestimated the TVA, however, and his attempt is thwarted and he’s returned to the headquarters.

Although Loki took advantage of Mobius’ trust, Mobius still defends him in front of Judge Renslayer. Loki is then assigned some busy work — he has to sift through all the files of all the captured variants. After studying the files, he comes up with a theory that the variant is hiding in apocalyptic points in time because these events are so momentous and cannot be changed, even with a little interference. 

After visiting Pompeii and confirming Loki’s theory, the team locates the variant in 2050 just minutes before an apocalyptic event in Alabama. They arrive outside the supermarket and Loki confronts the variant, offering them the chance to work with him to take over the sacred timeline. The variant has no interest in working with him, but after a fight between the two, she is revealed to be Lady Loki (or so we assume). 

Will Loki be in the next Thor movie?

Thor: Love and Thunder is slated to be released on May 6, 2022. Thor will be the first character to have a fourth solo film in the MCU, and fans are super excited for its release. One of the biggest questions surrounding the upcoming film was whether we’d get to see Loki on the big screen again.

Tom Hiddleston recently answered that question for us, and it’s not the answer we were hoping for… According to Screen Rant, Hiddleston confirmed that he will not be joining the cast for the newest Thor film, and shared his thoughts about the brothers:

“We talked about the Thor movies as a family saga, and the diametric opposition between Thor and Loki and duality and antagonism being a book that perhaps should remain closed for the moment. We have explored about as much as we can about these two brothers.”

Sadly, we won’t be seeing Tom Hiddleston in Love and Thunder, but we will see one familiar face that was missing from Thor: Ragnarok — Natalie Portman. She’ll reprise her role as Jane Foster, and was seen at the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con, holding Mjolnir. Techradar says fans can also expect to see special cameo appearances by Luke Hemsworth, Matt Damon, and Sam Neill. 

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