Did Marvel Learn Nothing From WandaVision’s Mephisto Fiasco?

The first episode of Loki revealed one of the threats the title character will face, but it’s also hinting at the appearance of Mephisto – and that’s a big problem after what happened with WandaVision. Now that the Infinity Saga is over after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is moving forward with its highly-anticipated Phase 4, which won’t just cover movies but also TV shows. Kicking off this new era was WandaVision, followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and now viewers are reuniting with the God of Mischief in Loki.

Although Loki was killed by Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, the time heist in Avengers: Endgame made it possible for 2012 Loki to escape with the Tesseract, thus messing with the timeline. Loki sees the main character being brought to the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that monitors the timeline, which will seize Loki’s abilities and will send him on a mission to face one of their biggest threats – and through that, Loki will avoid being deleted. Since the first trailer was released, there has been a lot of speculation about the potential appearance of Mephisto, Marvel Comics’ very own demon, especially after a very suspicious stained-glass window was shown.


The trailers included a scene where Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) is at a church, and in the background, a stained-glass window with the image of a demon can be seen, leading viewers to believe this was Mephisto. Luckily for fans, this scene appears in the first episode of Loki, and it’s all about Mobius investigating the murder of TVA agents in France, many many years ago. There he asks a kid if they know who did it, and they point at the stained-glass window. However, by the end of the episode, it’s revealed that the threat Loki will have to deal with is another variant of himself, and so the stained-glass figure is that of the other Loki.

This was confirmed by director Kate Herron in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, in which she revealed that the stained-glass window is a reference to Loki and not a nod to Mephisto. However, there will surely still be speculation about Mephisto’s presence in Loki, especially as the MCU tends to always have twists and surprises up its sleeve, and why a Loki variant would be presented as a red, horned demon will also be put into question. The Mephisto madness peaked during WandaVision’s time, as there were many references and possible clues at his presence in Westview, but in the end, it was all nothing more than speculation, and Agatha Harkness was revealed to be the real puppet master, and Mephisto had nothing to do with anything and anyone.

Hopefully, this will be the only “hint” at Mephisto’s existence in Loki and other TV shows, as WandaVision already proved that’s a problem that can lead to controversy and fans being dissatisfied with the ending just because he didn’t show up as expected and “teased”. What’s for sure is that Loki doesn’t need Mephisto, and if he’s set to join the MCU at some point, hopefully the writers will handle it better than by leaving clues and teasing the audience.

Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.

Key Release Dates
  • Black Widow (2021)Release date: Jul 09, 2021
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Sep 03, 2021
  • Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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Adrienne Tyler is a features writer for Screen Rant. She is an Audiovisual Communication graduate who wanted to be a filmmaker, but life had other plans (and it turned out great). Prior to Screen Rant, she wrote for Pop Wrapped, 4 Your Excitement (4YE), and D20Crit, where she was also a regular guest at Netfreaks podcast. She was also a contributor for FanSided’s BamSmackPow and 1428 Elm. Adrienne is very into films and she enjoys a bit of everything: from superhero films to heartbreaking dramas, to low-budget horror films. Every time she manages to commit to a TV show without getting bored, an angel gets its wings.

When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to learn a new language, watching hockey (go Avs!), or wondering what life would have been like had Pushing Daisies, Firefly, and Limitless not been cancelled. Breakfast food is life and coffee is what makes the world go round.

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