We are in the third month after the release of Avengers: Infinity War and the fever of that movie has still not faded away completely because every day we come across new theories and reveals that shock us even more than we were when the big snap happened on the screen. Infinity War was a huge thriller because the movie played with our emotions in a big way and right at the very end, we saw Thanos actually win the battle against the Avengers.
Right from the start throughout the 18 movies that we have seen, the characters that actually died were not as big as the ones who died in Infinity War. Marvel saved all the big characters for these last 2 movies and then they did not spend much time to actually kill them off. The movie began with the death of Heimdall who was the first relevant character to die, and it ended with Nick Fury turning to dust. Except for Heimdall, there are possibilities and truths that all other characters will be featuring in Avengers 4.
One of the characters who has been confirmed to return through set photos is Loki. The God of Mischief died a gruesome and what you may wanna say ‘heroic’ death at the hands of Thanos but there are many theories that suggest that he is still alive. Thanos did mention the fact that Loki died permanently this time since he had already used his illusion trick back in Thor: Ragnarok and Tom Hiddleston himself confirmed that Loki did die for sure in Infinity War. He said:
“So, I’ve known about that scene for two years. I met with Marvel in May 2016, and they were actually telling me the story of Ragnarok with concept art and images. The Russos came in, and I introduced myself. So, all four of us sat down, and they said this is how Infinity War begins. My whole journey through making Thor: Ragnarok — I knew this was coming. By the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Loki has been accepted as Thor’s brother again.”
So, according to what he said, Loki seems to have changed in Infinity War and he was finally done with all the trickery and was set up on the heroic path, which is why he sacrificed himself. But we have to admit that it was very unlike the God of Mischief. He always has a backup plan or a trick in his mind being the trickster of Marvel, and since he knew what Thanos was capable of very well, it is hard to believe that he finally had a change of hearts siding with the heroes for good.
Avengers 4 set photos show Loki on the set but since the movie will have full on Time travel, we will get to see Loki in the past in the scene from the first Avengers movie. Well, other than that, a new theory about how Loki might have survived in Infinity War has been mentioned by a fan on Reddit and it does have some weight. Here’s what it says:
“Loki has a strong tendency towards self-preservation, and he knows Thanos. So, his actions at the beginning of [Infinity War] are very out of character. Conclusion: The Loki who is killed by Thanos is not actually Loki. Loki wouldn’t sacrifice himself unless he thought he actually had a chance, and he had to know he didn’t.”
So what this theory suggests is that the Loki who died at the hands of Thanos was another illusion as right after giving Thanos the Infinity Stone, he may have created another illusion and may have been hiding in a different corner of the ship, leading to an escape somehow.
Loki did die a heroic death but if he does end up returning in Avengers 4, then it may not be that big of a surprise because he is known to be the one who could pull it off, even if it is the Mad Titan in consideration.
We will find out about that when Avengers 4 comes out. Here’s the official Synopsis:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films, the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”