The introduction of Ke Huy Quan’s character, Ouroboros, in the second season of Loki has been a refreshing addition. Playing the increasingly harried TVA technician, OB, he brings a unique dynamic to the series. However, a theory suggests that there might be a deeper connection between Loki and OB, potentially making OB Loki’s son.
The theory hinges on the Norse mythology roots of the character name ‘Ouroboros.’ In various global mythologies, it symbolizes the cycle of life, death, and rebirth, often depicted as a snake eating its own tail. In Norse mythology, the ouroboros is represented by Jörmungandr, also known as The Midgard Serpent, who is one of Loki’s offspring.
According to Norse mythology, Loki fathered the Midgard Serpent with the giantess Angrboða, known as the mother of monsters. Therefore, if we draw a parallel, OB could potentially be Loki’s son in the MCU, aligning with the ouroboros symbol associated with Jörmungandr.
In Norse mythology, Loki and Angrboða also had two other children: the wolf Fenrir and the ruler of the dead, Hel. Notably, Hel has already appeared in the MCU as Cate Blanchett’s formidable character, Hela.
While Hela is established as Thor and Loki’s sister in the Marvel adaptation, the theory suggests that OB could still have a familial connection to Loki. Given the multiverse concept introduced in the series, it’s not inconceivable to imagine a variant of Loki capable of fathering a character like OB.
The Midgard Serpent in Norse mythology is described as being large enough to encircle the entire planet. Its release from its own tail signifies the onset of the apocalyptic event known as Ragnarok. Although Ragnarok has already occurred in the MCU, the ongoing destruction of the Temporal Loom in Loki mirrors the scale of this apocalyptic event.
OB’s involvement in the battle to restore the Temporal Loom and maintain order parallels the pivotal role played by Jörmungandr. The deliberate use of the name Ouroboros suggests a deeper connection, possibly related to the circular imagery evoked by his name.
It remains uncertain whether Marvel has directly adopted OB’s parentage from Norse mythology. However, Marvel’s creative team, led by Kevin Feige, has shown a willingness to adapt and draw from a wide range of source material. If the theory holds true, it would be a significant plot twist, reminiscent of a multiversal Jerry Springer Show.
As fans eagerly continue to watch Loki, the potential implications of OB’s character on the series and Marvel’s Phase 5 storyline make for intriguing speculation.