Marvel fans around the world are still recovering from last week's episode of Loki. The latest Disney Plus show comes to an end this week, but the penultimate installment managed to combine action, heart, humour, and a veritable treasure trove of Easter eggs for eagle-eyed True Believers to spot. I know my wife was super into me nudging her every five minutes to tell her I'd spotted another one.
But while I was able to enjoy all the references to Thanos' helicopter, creepy arcade games, Young Avengers, and cosmic entities, there's one highlight that completely passed me by: a cameo from none other than Thor actor Chris Hemsworth himself.
One of the more delightful Easter eggs in episode five was the reveal of "Throg". Now, there are actually a few versions of this character in the comic books. One is entirely separate to Thor himself, and made his first appearance in 2009's Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers #1. He has a pretty wild backstory in the comic books that's probably worth digging into if you fancy a chuckle. Perhaps he's the brother of Alligator Loki? Who knows.
The other Throg is the Thor we all know and love, but transformed into a frog by Loki in Thor #365. All you really need to know in the context of Loki is that this is an amphibious version of Thor Odinson, so he's most likely a Variant that was turned into a frog by yet another Loki Variant.
We catch a brief glimpse of Throg desperately attempting to break out of a glass jar that's been buried underground, perhaps by one of the many Lokis that roams the Variant dumping ground where we spent most of the episode. The cameo lasts all of five seconds before we get back to the story, but it turns out Hemsworth reprised his role as Thor to record those five seconds of dialogue/screaming/ribbets.
"We recorded Chris Hemsworth for that, by the way," Loki director Kate Herron told For All Nerds. "His voice going 'Ahhh!' That's a whole new recording. Not recycled. He recorded that."
EXCLUSIVE:bangbang: @ViewsFrom616 interviewed @iamkateherron and she revealed that @chrishemsworth is the voice of #Throg the Frog Thor- Twitch.tv/ForAllNerds (@ForAllNerds) July 10, 2021
in Episode Five of #Loki #ReleaseTheThrogCut ⛈#PrayersForPuddleGulp :frog: pic.twitter.com/2TIyvf1Mk8
Writer and producer Eric Martin added on Twitter that Hiddleston's Loki was actually supposed to knocked around by the froggy Thor before plans were changed. "We actually shot a scene for the Time Theater in Ep One of Loki getting pummeled by Frog Thor, but had to cut it to keep things moving," he wrote. "It's too bad, because Tom was funny as hell."
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