Three weeks have gone since Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters. Still, there is a lot of buzz around the plot and characters. We get to see the decade long hard work of the Russo Brothers in just three-hour long epic movie. The movie is a massive blockbuster, meeting every expectation that fans had, and providing countless plot twists. One of which involved the God of Mischief himself, Loki.
Tom Hiddleston’s entry to Phase 4…
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was killed by Thanos in the opening sequence in Avengers: Infinity War, seemingly ending the character’s story forever. We know Marvel always breaks rumors and this time also Hiddleston is attached to a Loki series for Disney+. The First Avenger movie, released back in 2012, showed Loki escape with the Space Stone.
Recent reports by The Russo Brothers have confirmed this event created a new timeline:
“Loki, when he teleports away with the Time Stone, would create his own timeline. It gets very complicated, but it would be impossible for [Cap] to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki. The minute that Loki does something as dramatic as take the Space Stone, he creates a branched reality.”
Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained that the idea of multiverses and branched realities exist in the MCU, going forward.
Time travel in Avengers: Endgame left a major portion of the audience confounded, who found their notions about the sci-fi concept challenged, much like some of the stars in the film themselves. The new rules of time travel also made clear the fate of Captain America and antagonist Loki, who escaped with one of the Infinity stones during a key moment in the past at the Stark Towers.
Avengers: Endgame’s time heist was super ambitious, and brought the surviving heroes back to various points across the MCU’s long history. Avengers teamed up to travel past to the Battle of New York from The Avengers and split up to acquire three Infinity Stones. Accidently Hulk smashed into an incognito Tony Stark, sending the Space Stone flying
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki makes a major change by running away with the Tesseract, as opposed to being taken into Asgardian custody as he was in 2012’s The Avengers. Referring to the final scene when Captain America time travels to restore the Infinity stones in their original timeline, co-director Anthony Russo told Business Insider, “The intent was that (Captain America) was going to correct the past timelines at the point that the stones left.”
About the consequences of Loki’s action on the MCU and his fate going forward, co-director Joe explained, “Loki, when he teleports away with the time stone, would create his own timeline. It gets complicated, but it would be impossible for (Cap) to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki. The minute that Loki does something as dramatic as taking the Space Stone, he creates a branched reality.”
To this, Anthony added, “We’re dealing with the idea of multiverses and branched realities, so there are many realities.”
The multiverse is a complicated concept to bring into the MCU, but the massive franchise has earned it at this point. And it’s going to factor heavily into Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is the final installment in Phase Three.
Long-Standing speculation of the fans that Loki is still alive in a parallel reality and will have his own timeline outside of the MCU has been justified by the directors themselves. The trailer of Spider-Man: Far From Home refers to multiple dimensions as now an established part of the MCU.
Hiddleston will be starring as Loki in his own TV series on Disney+.