Here's What To Know About The Chaotic Location Where Loki Is Stuck
It's a deep Marvel cut.
It took the Marvel Cinematic Universe over a decade to get into making original TV series directly connected to the big-screen films. But six months into its release of shows on Disney+, it’s already paying dividends for fans. WandaVision did wonders for the character development of characters who were never given enough screen time before this. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced locations the MCU never got around to visiting, like Madripoor. Now, Loki has gone one better, revealing whole planets like Lamentis-1 drawn from the deep-cut realms of the comics. But where, and what, is Lamentis-1 on Loki? Let’s dig into the planet’s history and why, despite its lovely rail system, it’s not the ideal vacation spot.
Warning: Spoilers for Loki Season 1, Episode 3 follow. In Episode 2, when Sylvie split the sacred timeline into thousands of nexus event shards, fans got a listing of planets that were directly affected by her actions. All of those planets were ones viewers recognized, from Vormir to Hala.
So naturally, Loki’s third episode went to exactly none of these. Instead, Loki pushed himself and Sylvie through a TimeDoor to Lamentis-1, one of the saved apocalypses in Sylvie’s database of “places to hide where terrible things happen.” On the moon’s surface, he discovered there are about 12 hours left to live. At that point, the planet the moon once orbited will smash directly into its favorite satellite, killing everyone. With the TemPad dead, Sylvie and Loki realized the only way to survive is to change the actual events of the moon’s history. They realized they have to make sure the ark designed to rescue most of the planet’s middle-class residents makes it off the surface — and most importantly, with them on board.
Despite the two’s best efforts, they failed. (Changing the flow of time isn’t as simple as a few flaps of a butterfly wing, it turns out.) So, what else should fans know about this moon that so stubbornly won’t stop collapsing out from under their feet? And is there any help to be had there?
Let’s start with the bad news: The moon Lamentis-1 doesn’t technically exist in the Marvel comics. But Lamentis, the planet that’s currently rudely crashing into its moon, does; it’s a lonely outworld on the edge of Kree space. Unfortunately, at first glance, it’s not very interesting. Other than fans learning it decides to fall out of the sky of its own moon and kill an entire civilization in 2077, there’s not much to go on at all.
But then there’s adventures that bookend the story in which the planet initially turned up, Annihilation: Conquest Prologue #1. It serves as a backdrop for an adventure starring Guardians of the Galaxy’s Peter Quill and Ronan the Accuser in between the battles of the Annihilation Wave and the Phalanx.
The Annihilation Wave is a terrifying enemy, an inter-dimensional invading army, led by Annihilus, attempting to conquer the universe. This powerful army is a little bit like the bad guys in Starship Troopers in that the forces are populated by insect-like warriors who breed by the millions and overrun their enemies with sheer numbers. But if you think that’s bad, the Phalanx are worse. They’re Marvel’s version of The Borg from Star Trek, a collective hivemind who assimilate you if you’re deemed worthy. You don’t want to know what happens to those who aren’t deemed worthy.
It’s not clear whether Loki and Sylvie’s trip to Lamentis-1 heralds the arrival of either of these enemies’ appearances. For all fans know, Loki’s production team chose the location solely because of its excellent lighting scheme. But fans should be worried about how Loki and Sylvie will get off the moon — and who they might have to bargain with to make it happen.
Loki’s first season continues with new episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.