Thor’s existence in the MCU is revealed in Loki season 2 episode 3.

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Balder the Brave was first mentioned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the third episode of Loki Season 2. Balder, a creation of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, made his debut as Thor’s half-brother and the Warriors Three’s companion in Journey into Mystery (1962). The Norse god Baldr served as the inspiration for the character. In “1893,” the third episode of Loki Season 2, Tom Hiddleston’s character, Loki sees wood sculptures of Balder, Odin, and Thor in a Norse exhibit at the Chicago World’s Fair. While Mobius (Owen Wilson) believes Loki is feeling a little left out since there isn’t a carving of the God of Mischief, Loki finds the wooden figurines “embarrassing”. Then, when Loki asks why Balder is even mentioned since “no one’s even heard of him,” Mobius responds, “Yes, they have.” Balder, the Mighty. I forget sometimes that you are one of them, you know. Of them, you are one. Astounds me.” Loki remarks, “Thor’s not that tall,” as he gives the statue one more glance before the scene closes.

Even though Balder the Brave is now acknowledged for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to Loki, the figure nearly made an appearance in the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness from 2022. In the 2022 blockbuster sequel, Daniel Craig was initially slated to portray Balder Odinson, Thor’s brother and a member of the Illuminati on Earth-838. Nevertheless, rumours have it that Craig withdrew from the movie due to worries over the COVID-19 pandemic, and John Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic took up the role during reshoots. In October 2022, artist Darrell Warner posted concept art of Craig as Balder. The primary superhero team of Earth-838, the Illuminati, made a fleeting appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The Illuminati included Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell), Black Bolt (Anson Mount), Maria Rambeau/Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in addition to Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic. The squad was made up of many superpowered heroes, but they were no match for the Scarlet Witch, who used her dream-walking abilities to easily eliminate the whole team. Had Balder the Brave shown up in Multiverse of Madness, it’s said that the Scarlet Witch would have coaxed him into taking his own life. Another reference to the Multiversal War that He Who Remains was attempting to avert by establishing the TVA was made in Loki Season 2 Episode 3. Producer Kevin Wright claims that viewers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe nearly witnessed a “full-on multiversal war” in Loki Season 2. They were “jumping to something we haven’t earned yet,” though, and those involved soon realised as much, which made them “continue living in the moment where our show ended, with a huge character conflict between Loki and Sylvie.” The scene at the conclusion of Season 1 where B-15 and Mobius are seen.

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