Since the MCU began, there’s been one villain that’s stood out as the best: the God of Mischief, Loki. But could it be that Avengers: Infinity War is the last we see of him?
Okay, I’ll admit, this started as wild speculation on my part. But the more I thought about it the more it made sense. MCU supremo Kevin Feige already confirmed that Infinity War will be the end of the road for some of our favourite Avengers, so why couldn’t this be Loki?
When you think about it, Loki has gone through a lot since we met him in the first Thor film. From taking over Asgard to eventually returning to save it from Hela’s evil, the god of mischief has been through quite the journey, and as a result, his character has developed tremendously. This is precisely why I think he’s a candidate to be one of Thanos’ victims.
Loki’s Journey In The MCU
When we first meet Loki, he’s shown to be Thor’s jealous younger brother who wanted the throne to himself. When Thor was due to be crowned king of Asgard, Loki sabotaged the coronation by letting the Frost Giants enter the realm. This event leads to Thor declaring war on Jotunheim and, eventually, his banishment to Earth.
In his brother’s absence, Loki learns the truth about his parentage and takes over Asgard. When Thor returns, he defeats Loki and reclaims Asgard, but the resulting shockwave knocks them both from the Rainbow Bridge.
Saved at the last second by Odin, Loki tries to explain that his actions were in Asgard’s best interests. The Allfather refused his pleas and Loki chose to fall into a black hole. This black hole led him to a chance meeting with a Thanos who offered him the chance to rule over the Earth.
Thanos gives Loki the Tesseract and access to a Chitauri armada, and the God of Mischief sets to work on conquering the Earth. Possessing Clint Barton, Erik Selvig and a number of other followers, he sets to work building a machine to unleash the armada. When the Avengers assemble, Loki is once again defeated and taken back to Asgard with Thor.
Sentenced to rot in Asgardian prison, Thor comes to his brother for aid when Malekith the Accursed attacks. Loki seemingly sacrifices himself to save Thor’s life but, ever the trickster, it’s revealed that he faked his death so that he could take Odin’s place in Asgard.
Bringing His Story Full Circle
When we meet Loki again in Thor: Ragnarok, we discover that he’s been up to his usual brand of mischief: masquerading as Odin and tricking the people of Asgard into believing that he was the hero that saved them. After Thor returns carrying the Skull of Surtur, he swiftly reveals Loki’s deception to all of his people.
The two brothers are forced to team-up to defeat their sister after she takes control of Asgard. Teaming up with the Valkyrie and the Hulk, they go on to save Asgard and bring their people to safety. But, once again, Loki gives in to temptation.
As he searches Odin’s vault for the Skull of Surtur, Loki discovers an old friend: the Tesseract. Loki takes the Tesseract and, in the trailer for Infinity War, is seen offering it to someone. We can safely presume that this person is Thanos.
So, what does this all have to do with Loki dying? Well, I believe that his story will come full circle and he’ll end up sacrificing himself to save the Avengers. His character development has shown that he’s more than just a villain; though he covets power, he also desires to be loved.
Thor: Ragnarok demonstrates this on two occasions: the play he’s created showing his heroism and the giant statue of himself. Disguised as his father, Loki revels in the adulation as the Asgardians watch the tale of his heroism.
When he arrives for the final battle with Hela he declares, “Your hero has arrived!” triumphantly. It’s obvious to see that his desire to rule Asgard has been replaced with the desire to be a hero.
How Could Loki Die?
So, now we move on to the biggest speculation — just how could Loki be killed? I think it’ll all come down to the Tesseract. Loki could use the cube as a bargaining tool, handing it to Thanos in exchange for his life.
It’s only after Loki sees the death and destruction caused by Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet that he has a change of heart. It’s here that I believe Loki will change sides and begin to work with the Avengers.
Loki has had one of the biggest character arcs in the entire MCU, so it’d be fitting to see his story come full circle in Infinity War. He’s a character who’s adored by the fans and Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of him has been masterful. There are probably many other candidates to be a major death in the film, but the more I think about it, Loki’s seems the most likely.
Wouldn’t it be great if the MCU’s greatest villain died as one of the MCU’s greatest heroes?
Are you looking forward to Infinity War? Let me know in the comments!
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