Now I’m hearing that he might be back? Come on, fellas, there’s only so many times I can watch a character die and still care about him. He’s getting like Kenny from South Park.
As you saw in Avengers: Endgame, when Tony Stark and co. went back in time to collect the Infinity Stones, 2012 Loki made off with the Tesseract after a Hulk-based mishap.
Blah blah blah Tony and Steve go even further back in time to the 70s to get the Tesseract before Loki took it and eventually, all is well.
But people think that Loki is now out there, Tesseract in hand, before more or less turning good in Thor: Ragnarok and they want to know what he’s up to.
With that in mind, Endgame directors, the Russo brothers, have spoken about what he’s up to. Basically, it sounds like that particular Loki is now in his own timeline, and that Captain America’s plan to return the stones at the end of the film wouldn’t have fixed this.
Joe Russo said to Business Insider:
“The intent was that [Captain America] was going to correct the past timelines at the point that the stones left.
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.“
Anthony then added, talking more about Captain America’s post-Thanos war arc:
“We’re dealing with this idea of multiverses and branched realities, so there are many realities.”
So he would have to come back to this timeline in order to hand off the shield.
There’s a question of, how did this separate timeline Cap come to reappear in this timeline and why?“
Burning questions, but with the Loki series on the way with Disney+, it could be that the Loki we see in that is from this branched reality.
That would be weird, but I suppose it makes more sense.
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