God Help Me, There’s a Frog Thor

Last Wednesday, when I was merrily shooting emails to biologists to figure out whether or not Loki‘s sneering reptilian was a crocodile or an alligator (it’s a gator!), I got a curious response that didn’t make it into the writeup. This one’s from David C. Blackburn, who is the Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Florida Museum.

“As an amphibian biologist, I am more interested in whether this GatorLoki opens the door for an appearance of Throg (also known as Puddlegulp), i.e., the frog Thor!” Blackburn wrote. “And if so, will we be having a similar discussion about whether the show features a frog or a toad?!”

Well, shit. Even though I believed my new biologist friend, I brushed the answer off because I thought Loki was done with introducing swamp creatures to this big superhero show. But here we are! Lo and behold, in this week’s episode of Loki—when all the variant Lokis head down to their underground hideout—we get a brief glimpse of Frog Thor, Throg, Puddlegulp—whatever!—banging around a small container buried in the dirt. Naturally, Marvel fans are wondering what the hell they just saw and are dealing with the existential terror of knowing that a frog version of a character played by Chris Hemsworth is now Marvel Cinematic Universe canon.

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