Anthony Russo Says Loki Could "Absolutely" Still Be Causing Mischief in an Alternate Timeline
Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame below!
Avengers: Infinity War sees a heartbreaking number of our favorite Marvel characters turn to dust, and its followup, Avengers: Endgame, brings many of them back thanks to a little time travel, some timeline hopping, and a snap from Professor Hulk’s (hunky?) fingers. Sadly, some deaths are irreversible, particularly ones that occurred outside the snap, like Gamora, Black Widow, and of course, Thor’s trickster brother Loki.
The God of Mischief is the first to die in Infinity War, but he pops back up during Endgame thanks to the Avengers’ time heist shenanigans. Tony and Scott are assigned to travel back to an alternate 2012 and retrieve the Tesseract before Thor brings it back to Asgard, along with a locked up Loki. Scott flies into Tony’s arc reactor to tweak some wires that will trigger a heart attack, so he’ll drop the briefcase containing the Tesseract. The plan is for future Tony, dressed in a SWAT team uniform, to sneak by and grab the suitcase, but he’s swatted away when an angry Hulk crashes into him. Seeing his chance, Loki snatches the fallen briefcase and uses the stone to teleport away.
The Tesseract that the Avengers eventually use to form their own Infinity Gauntlet actually comes from the ’70s, which means that when Steve goes back to return them, he didn’t have to go back to 2012 and stop Loki from escaping. Which means that Loki’s fate in that timeline is very much open-ended.
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