Loki’s X-5 Has a Surprising Connection to Jack the Ripper

Loki season two introduces viewers to Hunter X-5 aka Brad Wolfe aka Zaniac, a character with a very weird history, one that connects him to an infamous serial killer.

Rafael Casal as Hunter X-5 in Loki Season 2
Photo: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel

This article contains spoilers for Loki Season Two.

Forget your Pizza Poppas, and forget your zombie superheroes. Loki season two has already given us the strangest, most unlikely Earth in the multiverse. Yes, the chyron in episode two tells us that Loki and Mobius go to 1977 in the Sacred Timeline. But in that world, a cheesy slasher called Zaniac is a star-studded, big-budget affair. In our world, even a masterpiece like Halloween was greeted with derision by critics of the time.

On the upside, our Earth does have wonderful things like Marvel Comics in the 1980s, when writers like Doug Moench told the kind of weird stories where Thor actually fights the Zaniac. Introduced in Thor #319 (1982), Zaniac was not just a movie monster portrayed by actor Brad Wolfe, but also an evil entity from the Dark Dimension.

The Zaniac of Loki lacks this cosmic evil. Instead, he’s just a character played by Brad Wolfe, the identity Hunter X-5 takes on while hiding from the Time Variance Authority in 1977 London. Loki and Mobius find X-5 pretty easily and torture in the TVA headquarters until he confesses everything he knows about Sylvie’s escape and General Dox’s plans to prune the excessive timelines.


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