Loki season 2’s latest post-credits scene amps up the ante

Caution! Spoilers for Loki Season 2, Episode 5 ahead.

Marvel’s Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston, keeps on reshaping the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its relentless surprise elements. The series pushed the envelope even further with the fifth episode, where the post-credits scene brought a fresh twist that even dethroned a unique record set by the titanic Avengers: Endgame.

Fans who stayed past the credits expecting a peek into future plotlines or a visual treat were instead greeted with a verbal taunt: “Loser.” This unexpected audio jab by the creators may unsettle or even deter some viewers and surely invites speculation regarding its connection to the overall narrative of Loki.

This verbal zinger comes as an innovation within the vast MCU library consisting of over 30 movies and numerous TV series. The Disney+ show, which already set its precedence with an earlier post-credits scene, decided to go one step further in the recent episode, adding an auditory reference from a traditional arcade game – Zaniac! featured in an early episode – to the mix.

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Interestingly, this is not the first audio-based surprise the MCU has pulled off. The first was the emotional metallic clanging heard at the close of Endgame, serving as a tribute to Tony Stark’s legacy. In contrast, Loki chooses to add a touch of humor and a hint of mockery to this trendy post-credits delight.

The series is built on the premise that Lokis are predestined to lose, a bitter truth that Loki grapples with throughout the series. The voice calling viewers “losers” derives from the same theme — Loki’s destined role as a “loser”. For Loki, a loss doesn’t signify an end — it’s a challenge to rise, survive, and reinvent.

The choice of an audio-only post-credits scene is not only a gamechanger but also aligns perfectly with Loki’s persona: unpredictable, mischievous, and always keeping viewers guessing. It reassures us that in this universe of gods and superheroes, even endings are ripe for rewriting.

As this inventive series continues, with new episodes streaming every Thursday on Disney+, it firmly anchors itself as a testament to the ever-evolving and diverse nature of the MCU. It ensures that even the most seasoned MCU fans don’t get too comfortable in their seats and can still be surprised, entertained, and even called a loser occasionally. But, as Loki shows us, being called a loser is merely a call to arms to laugh it off, reset and plunge right back into the game.

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