Loki’s Latin stirred fans into a frenzy (Picture: Disney+)
*Warning: Spoilers ahead for episode 2 of Loki*
Marvel’s favourite God of Mischief has been setting fans’ hearts aquiver once more after the second episode of Disney Plus’ Loki series debuted – and this time it’s for a very specific reason, linked to star Tom Hiddleston.
As our hero of the show – 2012 Tesseract-stealing Loki – learns more about the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and working alongside its agent Mobius M Mobius (Owen Wilson), all bets are off as to where in the world (and when) the pair could visit on missions as the TVA puts its detainee to work tracking down another version of himself.
This leads to a scene in Loki’s second episode where the Asgardian anti-hero rocks up in Pompeii in 79 CE, ready to test an apocalyptic theory as Mount Vesuvius begins its infamous eruption.
Here the Hiddlestoners and/or classicists were then treated to a spot of Latin, courtesy of Loki, as he disobeyed Mobius’ orders to keep a low profile and decided to release goats from a cart while proclaiming to all Pompeiians that they were doomed – in the dead language.
Unsurprisingly for a Cambridge-educated classicist, Tom’s confidence with Latin was clear to see and fans flooded to Twitter to praise both his flair and pronunciation, as well as the very fact of it happening.
First off there was just general glee over this happenstance.
For some it was more about the classroom flashbacks.
Then more experts started weighing in on Tom’s pronunciation, praising his work – are we surprised? The man holds a double first.
As Tom is also an Executive Producer on Loki, fans were also really excited by the idea that he could very well have suggested the whole scenario himself.
It remains to be seen where else in history Loki may travel in the series’ remaining four episodes – the possibilities are myriad – but suffice it to say that fans are very much on board if he wants to pop back to the Roman Empire at any point.
The first two episodes of Loki are out now on Disney Plus, with new episodes dropping on Wednesdays.