Though the spoiler embargo is lifted, some Avengers: Endgame spoilers follow…
Loki’s fate in Avengers: Endgame remained somewhat unresolved come the movie’s devastating climax.
Fair enough, perhaps, they did have a fair bit to tie up.
But it could hold the key to the plan for the new spin-off TV show, which will see Tom Hiddleston reprising the character on Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+.
To recap, Loki was one of the first casualties of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, after the plucky trickster tried to kill the titan early on, and was snuffed out in front of his half-brother Thor.
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However, once the time-heist plan in Endgame went into full throttle, it meant that his fate was suddenly up in the air.
Once Tony Stark and Steve Rogers head back to the events of the first Avengers movie, when Loki is still alive, they planned to steal Tesseract (the space stone).
But in what’s dealt with simply as a hiccup in the plan, Loki gets hold of it again, and teleports off someplace else.
So they regroup and head off the 1970s, to head off the Tesseract there instead, but as the (slightly baffling) rules of Endgame spell out, that means Loki is now off on a new strand of time somewhere in the universe.
Where, we don’t know, but speaking to Business Insider, Joe Russo as clarified that yep, Loki is off on his own adventures now.
“It gets very complicated, but it would be impossible for [Cap] to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki,” he said.
“The minute that Loki does something as dramatic as take the Space Stone, he creates a branched reality.”
So while he’s dead in the Infinity War timeline, that wouldn’t really make for a riveting TV series, however, if he’s teleporting around the galaxy with the Space Stone from the Endgame timeline, then that really might.
It’s all guess work at the moment, but with the Disney+ series said to be taking from the movie plots ‘in a very big way’, per MCU boss Kevin Fiege, this is a distinct possibility.
As well as the Loki series, there’s another planned for Vision and Scarlett Witch (again problematic given the events of Infinity War), and another for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye.
Disney+ launches on November 12.