The God of Mischief living with the Simpsons?! It happened, in the epic new short “The Good, The Bad, and the Loki,” streaming now on Disney+. Naturally, this crossover between the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and the MGU (Matt Groening Universe) is chock full of clever Easter eggs that should bring a smile to any True Believer. Here’s a list of 17 references, callbacks, and homages to The Simpsons.
- Don’t adjust your television! Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, is depicted with yellow skin and an overbite, a wild deviation from his usual appearance. This is a reference to how characters appear in The Simpsons.
- At the start of the short, Loki is informed he’s being banished to “Springfield.” This is a reference to the town where the Simpsons live and the setting of many an episode.
- Recognize anyone…? That’s right, the first person Loki meets is none other than Bart Simpson, making his first speaking appearance in a Simpsons short since 1989’s “TV Simpsons.”
- Eagle-eyed Simpsons fans will no doubt recognize Bart’s treehouse, which has appeared many times throughout the series, including the first “Treehouse of Horror” episode.
- Marge Simpson, the tall-haired matriarch of the Simpson clan, makes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo during the dinner scene.
- The family, sans Lisa, is eating pork chops, which were established in “The Call of the Simpsons” as Homer’s favorite food.
- Lisa says, “the last thing this world needs is more pork chops,” a reference to her vegetarianism, first established in the Simpsons Illustrated 1992 Annual.
- At one point in the short, Lisa wields a hammer. This is a reference to Maggie wielding a mallet and hitting Homer in the head in “Itchy & Scratchy & Marge.”
- When Lisa introduces the “Springfield Avengers,” Carl can be seen wearing an eyepatch, a reference to his close friend Lenny’s numerous eye injuries.
- Rainier Wolfcastle holds up a sign saying, “This is what happens when Disney buys Marvel and Fox.” This is a reference to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the company that owns The Simpsons.
- Ralph Wiggum appears as The Hulk. This is a reference to the 1995 Simpsons comic book crossover “When Bongos Collide!” in which a nuclear explosion turns Homer into “The Ingestible Bulk.”
- Homer asks Loki to turn Flanders into a pork chop. This is a reference to the character Ned Flanders, the Simpsons’ next-door neighbor.
- During a mid-credits scene at Moe’s Tavern, a picture of The Be-Sharps can be partially seen. This is a reference to the episode “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet.”
- Due to the composition of the shot, Apu is just out of frame in the Be-Sharps picture. This is a reference to Apu being phased out of the show.
- The silhouette of a giant mouse can be seen in the audience of the Gracie Films logo. This is a reference to Itchy of the cartoon cat and mouse duo “Itchy & Scratchy.”
- An after-credits scene features Loki being punished for “tampering with the sacred timeline,” a reference to the Treehouse of Horror segment “Time and Punishment.”
- Loki first appeared in the 2015 episode “Bart’s New Friend,” which would make this short a prequel to that episode.
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