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The Loki Season 2 Trailer Is Hiding A Zaniac Easter Egg In Plain Sight

The Loki Season 2 Trailer Is Hiding A Zaniac Easter Egg In Plain Sight

The comic book version of Zaniac was an entity sent by Dormammu to Earth in the 1800s to bargain to find a body to possess and, what else, wreak havoc. Upon arriving, Zaniac possessed Tom Malverne, a fellow with Kyphosis (which is more commonly known as a “hunchback”) who was enraged at how society had treated him and became the serial killer Jack the Ripper. Zaniac would go on to possess other people and continue their murder spree over time, culminating with the modern-day actor Brad Wolfe. Thanks to an accident on the set of the slasher film he was starring in, the possessed Wolfe developed super-strength and the ability to conjure knives out of raw energy. He then began acting out the crimes of the villain he was playing in the film, known as the Zaniac (which is where the entity gets its name).

Previously-leaked photos from the “Loki” season 2 set revealed a movie poster with Brad Wolfe’s name on it. Between that and this new Easter egg, it’s reasonable to assume we’ll be seeing some version of Zaniac’s backstory adapted for the MCU, with Casal most likely to be playing Wolfe. The Zaniac character itself is heavily steeped in the horror genre, which could make for a nice addition to the show and help to keep things feeling fresh upon its return. If nothing else, the villain sounds like an excellent fit for directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson (“Something in the Dirt”), who helmed a good chunk of season 2 after previously lending their darker sensibilities to terrific effect on the MCU’s “Moon Knight” series.

“Loki” season 2 begins streaming on October 6, 2023, on Disney+.

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