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Loki Easter Egg Confirms Marvel Hasn’t Forgotten About One of Their Most Divisive Movies

Loki certainly isn’t the first MCU Disney+ project to reference one of Marvel’s most divisive Phase Four movies, and Kingo himself has been referenced twice before. Ms. Marvel name-dropped him last year when Kamala Khan unwittingly called out his immortal nature by mentioning both “Kingo Senior” and his “son”, while the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special went down the same visual route as Loki, positioning “Kingo Junior” film posters in the background during Drax and Mantis’ stroll around Hollywood. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law also opted to include an Eternals nod when a news side-bar noted a “giant statue of a man sticking out of the ocean” – a reference to Tiamut’s frozen Celestial corpse, which was abandoned in the sea at the end of the 2021 movie.

Despite these references becoming quite common in the MCU now, it’s still not entirely clear what kind of future Marvel is planning for the Eternals. The immortal synthazoids were admittedly a divisive addition to the sprawling cinematic universe, and their blockbuster movie got a fairly lukewarm reception at the time, creating an origin story that juggled the introduction of over ten new characters and that didn’t seem to have many ramifications for the MCU.

Personally, I really enjoyed Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, and it does seem like the fandom has softened on it since its release. Hopefully, the Easter eggs and references scattered throughout these Disney+ shows hint that Marvel will eventually take a gamble on at least some of the characters the film set up in the future, and it seems clear that Nanjiani’s Kingo is still living rent-free in their heads during the roll-out of MCU Phase Five!


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