Marvel has an old habit of giving us Easter eggs when we least expect one and, inside Loki Season 2 Episode 3, we got another solid Easter egg straight from Marvel comics. When Loki and Mobius are looking for Renslayer, they come across a structure with three statues on it: one is of Odin, another of Thor, and the last is of Balder the Brave. So far, Balder hasn’t appeared in any Marvel films and this could be the first time we see him mentioned. Now the question arises: who is this man? and what is his relevance to the other Norse gods, especially Thor? Find out who Balder the Brave is in Loki Season 2 Episode 3 in this article!
Loki Season 2 Episode 3 Easter Egg: Who is Balder the Brave?
Balder The Brave, also known as Balder Odinson, yes you guessed it right, is the third son of Odin and the brother of Thor and Loki. He made his first appearance in Journey into mystery #85 published in the year 1962. It is clear that the inspiration for this character comes from Norse mythologyand in the comics he is the half-son of Odin and a brother of Thor.
Thor and Balder are what you would call ‘Best Buddies’ or ‘Brothers in Arms’, as he is a fierce warrior who always stands by Thor’s side in battle, and therefore deserves the title of Balder the Brave.
Balder The Brave: powers and weapons
When talking about his powers, Balder the Brave is the Asgardian God of Light capable of firing beams of extremely hot light that can melt anything in its way. In addition to this super strength, he also possesses super strength, superhuman agility, endurance, and the ability to heal within seconds from any wound inflicted on him.
Talking about his weapon of choice, Balder likes going to Akimbo with two swords, one in each hand, pretty cool, right? He has used his combat skills in countless battles alongside Thor and, on some occasions, Loki as well. Balder also ruled Asgard for a while and was the one who ruled Asgard when Norman Osbourne attacked the planet with his Dark Avengers. Although Asgard was destroyed in that battle, he did not lose hope and continued to be a great leader for his people.
Balder the Brave’s Easter egg in Loki Season 2 Episode 3 could be a signal that he will be brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a future project or even in the upcoming episodes of Loki Season 2. But whether that happens or not, this Easter egg was a great Easter egg. inclusion of a legendary comic character who has appeared in games like Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. We have yet to see him appear as an actual character in the MCU.
Balder The Brave: Future in the MCU
You may have first heard of Balder the Brave in Loki Season 2 Episode 3, but there’s an interesting bit of information you may not have known about. In 2022, Balder the Brave almost made up his cinematic appearance “Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness” as one of the members of the alternate timeline in which Professor Fantastic and the others were the Avengers.
Daniel Craig was cast to play the Asgardian God of Light, but unfortunately Balder the Brave never made it past the concept portrait above, where we can see Daniel in a pretty comically accurate suit for the character. It’s a shame we never got to see him in action, but I hope future Marvel projects make this possible.
Speaking of this Asgardian God’s future in the MCU, we just received an easter egg about him in Loki Season 2, where he was seen as a statue along with Odin and Thor. This could be a subtle way to let viewers know that we might see him in the upcoming Avengers films as one of the team members.
Considering that Marvel has already cast someone for the character and how close he was to appearing on screen, this assumption may remain true in the future. Balder could even appear in Loki Season 2 in future episodes, but the chances of that happening are relatively bleak.