Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for Loki season 2 episode 5
- Loki season 2 episode 5 delivers a unique post-credits scene that pokes fun at the audience and references a deep Marvel cut.
- This is the second time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that an audio-only post-credits scene has been used instead of a traditional stinger.
- The “loser” message in the post-credits scene not only mocks viewers but also ties into Loki’s destiny as a loser, showcasing his resilience and determination to keep trying.
Loki season 2 episode 5 post-credits scene is a near-unique example in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after 32 movies and 9 different TV series. After dropping a post-credits scene at the end of the first episode in season 2, Tom Hiddleston’s flagship Disney+ show randomly dropped in the season’s second stinger, with a twist.
Loki Season 2 Episode 5 Post-Credits Scene Explained
After the credits roll on Loki season 2 episode 5, with Loki’s game-changing new superpower revealed, and his plan to save the Temporal Loom, the TVA, and all existence unveiled, a stinger calls back to one of the show’s deepest Marvel cuts. In an audio only post-credits gag, a voice shouts “you died, insert a coin, LOSER!” Out of context, it means very little, but Loki season 2 episode 5 set up the joke earlier in the episode.
After Loki brings together OB, Casey, Mobius and B-15 to undo the destruction of the Temporal Loom, he tries to recruit Sylvie, who rejects his offer, but takes him to a bar to invite him to explore exactly why he wants to save the TVA. The opening shot in the bar shows a Zaniac! arcade game, clearly adapted from the same movie Brad Wolfe (Rafael Casal) starred in when he returned to the timeline in episode 2. The audio stinger that forms Loki season 2 episode 5’s post-credits scene is the Game Over message from the same arcade machine.
Why Loki Season 2 Episode 5’s Post-Credits Scene Works So Well
Intriguingly, Loki‘s audio-only post-credits scene is the first time there’s ever been a vocal track played in place of a true stinger, but it’s not the first time the MCU has used an audio post-credits scene. The first time, notably, was at the end of Avengers: Endgame, when the sound of Iron Man forging the Mark 1 armor was played as a touching tribute to Robert Downey Jr’s fallen hero.
In place of a tribute to a dead MCU hero, Loki’s newest post-credits scene instead pokes fun at the audience, playing on the concept of Game Over message culture in video games, and the very idea of waiting until the end of the credits (insulting us all as “losers” for doing so. But also, the “loser” message is a loaded one: Loki confirmed – in a mantra repeated in season 2 episode 5 – that Lokis are destined to lose. The hidden meaning here is that despite dying (and almost dying multiple times), Loki didn’t give up: he may be a loser (and embrace the fact), but a Game Over message is just another opportunity to try again.
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