In an effort to prevent leaks, Marvel Studios produced a fake script for Avengers: Infinity War in which Loki’s fate was different. Loki, starring as Tom Hiddleston, survived.
It’s a matter of record that Infinity War movie probably has the highest secrecy of all-time. Marvel created unprecedented lengths to prevent spoilers, which also to make sure fans didn’t know that Thanos would kill Loki in the beginning, as a close to Tom Hiddleston’s entire character arc.
Russo brothers had to take some pretty radical steps to keep the Infinity War plot a secret. Few actors got access to the full scripts, with most given just specific pages relating to their parts. The overall secrecy was so high and self-aware that Tom Holland (Spider-Man) posted a joke on Instagram with the burning script when he’d allegedly taken home with him. This kind of adorable mistake is just a kind of thing to prove to Marvel that there would be no leaks. Well, if audiences had known that Loki, among other people, would die in Infinity War, it would’ve arguably ruined the experience for many fans. And so, the Russos gave out fake scripts among the cast and crew to keep everyone on their toes.
Executive producer Trinh Tran revealed in The Art of Avengers: Infinity War that few crew members were aware of Loki’s true fate until the day of the scene filming.
“We created a version of the script which Loki would get away in an escape pod at the beginning of the film,” she said. “When we started shooting that particular sequence, we had crew members who were thoroughly confused. We had to let them know that those were fake versions of the script that they read.”
It’s not unusual for the producers and directors of blockbuster films to keep secrets. During production on The Empire Strikes Back, the footage in which Darth Vader revealed his true identity was kept a secret from the entire cast and crew. Only three people knew this truth: director Irvin Kershner, George Lucas, and at the last possible moment before shooting the scene, Mark Hamill. David Prowse (starring Darth Vader in the suit) read fake dialog – “Obi-Wan killed your father” – and later Jame Earl Jones dubbed the true line during post-production. However, the Russos, seemingly have taken secrecy to the next level. From that, even the production crew would know nothing about a major character death until the moment they turned up on set.
Back to the case of the God of Mischief, Loki, only Tom Hiddleston knew Loki would die early on. And he kept it a secret for two years.
In May 2016, he met with Marvel to discuss the plot of Thor: Ragnarok. The Russos came in to let him know where it would lead up to. Still, when the scene filming actually came, Tom Hiddleston revealed it was tremendously powerful. He felt amazed by the fact Loki called himself an Odinson in his final scene. To him, that brought a close to the entire journey of Loki and what he could do. The fan’s favorite villain’s arc has come to an end, allowing Loki to live long enough to see himself as a hero.
In spite of Loki’s death, many fans claimed that he is actually alive. There are two scenes in the history of the MCU where the right-handed Loki used a weapon in his left hand. The first from his death in Avengers: Infinity War. The second one from a scene in Thor: The Dark World, where an illusory “mirror reflection” Loki was left-handed. Thus, a theory suggested that Loki’s death by Thanos was just another fake.
In Tom Hiddleston’s view, he won’t rule out the possibility that Loki survived, and speculation has even more after the reports of Disney developing several limited series based on Marvel characters. And Loki was in one of them. If it turns out that Loki did survive in Infinity War, the idea of a fake Loki script gets even more ironically interesting.
UPDATE: Avengers: Infinity War directors officially confirmed Loki’s fate.
How “Avengers: Endgame” Sets Up Disney+ Loki Series
While Avengers: Endgame is set to be the end of the Infinity Saga – the 21 films, a decade-plus story told by the first three phases of the MCU – certainly it is not the end of things when it comes to the popular world of superhero characters. Not only there are more movies on the way, such as Spider-Man: Far From Home arriving on July 2, but the upcoming Disney+ streaming service will also expand the MCU even further with new television series – including the show for everyone’s favorite trickster god, Loki.
— Disney (@Disney) April 11, 2019
However, with Loki having died in the early moments of last year’s Infinity War, how will the Loki series work? As it turns out, Avengers: Endgame did not just wrap up an epic story. It set the table for so much more. So, how does Avengers: Endgame set up for the Loki TV series? Before we get too much into this, just a warning: there are spoilers for the movie below. You can read on at your own risk.
As we all know that Loki is dead and while fans had hoped it would be a trick – there were even extensive theories devoted to this idea – that didn’t turn out to be the case. Loki was truly dead, as previously confirmed by directors. However, while Loki remains dead as he was not able to be brought back by the superheroes, he did get set up for more adventures thanks to the Avengers making a mistake.
Endgame functions around one ambitious plan by the surviving heroes to travel back in time and collect the Infinity Stones from various places in their own histories, then use them to undo Thanos’ snap. One of the past locations visited is the Battle of New York in 2012 as there were technically three Infinity Stones in NY at that time: Mind, Space, and Time. Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Bruce Banner/Hulk, and Scott Lang/Ant-Man show up there and split up to collect the stones. While Bruce goes after the Time stone, Tony, Steve, and Scott go after Mind and Space. To get the two, they arrive at the end of the battle and slip into place to take the scepter and the stone as things are being sorted out with the fighting over. Steve gets the scepter with few problems, but the Space stone does not quite work out.
After managing to make off with the case holding the Space stone, Tony Stark ends up being knocked down by 2012’s Hulk. That causes the stone to tumble out of the case and to the feet of a bound Loki. In the ensuing chaos, Loki does what any trickster god might do. He quickly bends down, snatches it up, and vanishes.
Obviously, it is bad news for the heroes, but excellent for Loki fans because of the fact that Loki got the Space stone after the Battle of New York essentially creates a whole new timeline from that moment in addition to the “main” continuity. It is a concept that the Ancient Once explains to Bruce, that removing an Infinity Stone from its space in the timeline without return will create an alternate reality from that point. While Loki taking the stone does not remove it from time, it removes it from where it was physically located. And that means Thor won’t take it back to Asgard as happened in the film. Instead, now Loki can adventure in what is essentially uncharted territory, offering up new journeys for the fan-favorite character both in the past and potentially in a contemporary manner. After all, this new timeline may not have a Snap to begin.
So, what do you think about Loki’s surprising acquisition of the Space stone in Endgame? And that’s an interesting and exciting prospect, one that fans will get to explore fully when Loki officially hits Disney+.
Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters.
Marvel Comics Teases Loki Getting Mjolnir in New Series
It seems that the reports of Loki’s death may have been exaggerated. Though Loki apparently was eaten by his father Laufey, lord of the Frost Giants, the Asgardian God of Mischief now will return in a new series this July. As revealed by Marvel Comics today, the new series is written by Dan Kibblesmith with art by Oscar Bazaldua. Orgur Yildirim provides the cover, showing Loki casually strolling across a bridge with what looks to be Mjolnir in his hand. Still, Marvel did not offer much of an explanation for Loki’s resurrection or his possession of Mjolnir. But it seems that Loki may have a new role to play in the Marvel Universe after events of the War of the Realms.
In this special new #MarvelsPullList podcast, @AgentM and @TuckerMarkus present an exclusive first look at July's upcoming comics, including @JHickman's X-Men series, Loki's new solo series, "Punisher Kill Krew," and more! Listen to the full episode: https://t.co/hV4AB9yuBq pic.twitter.com/AwJUV0gSvP
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) April 8, 2019
The description reads, “After dying a grisly death in the War of the Realms, Loki learned a valuable lesson in warmongering: Do not get caught. And he has a whole new set of responsibilities now. But his brother Thor is not about to let him walk away from them this time.”
Could it be the Mjolnir is reborn during War of the Realms events, but rather than return to Thor chooses Loki as the new wielder? We’ll have to keep reading to find it out.
Here is the cover of the first issue.
As for Loki, he had been playing the spy and saboteur of Malekith’s war efforts, but the king of the Dark Elves figured him out. Malekith then left Loki in Jotunheim with the Frost Giants. And when Malekith attacked the Earth, Loki showed his true colors, and Laufey bit his head off for Loki’s betrayal.
Mjolnir has been missing ever since Thor (Jane Foster) flung it into the son with the Mangog attached. Thor (Odinson) then carries a piece of Mjolnir with him, but the hammer itself is no more. The covers seemingly suggest the hammer is back, but why is it with Loki?
The battle for Midgard continues in the War of the Realms, with five issues left over three months. The Avengers, Thor, and the rest of the Marvel superheroes must defend Earth from the Malekith’s army. You can also find our guide to the event right here.
So, what do you think of the idea of Loki, the God of Mischief, wielding Mjolnir in a new ongoing series? Let us know how you feel about this in the comments!
Loki #1 goes on sale in July. War of the Realms #1 is on sale now, and the #2 coming on April 17.
Tom Hiddleston Reveals Loki Is Redeemed in “Avengers: Infinity War”
In a shared universe such as Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe, it allows characters time to develop movie after movie throughout years. And in the case of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the character’s story arc took upwards of five movies spanning a decade to come full circle until Loki earned his redemption eventually.
Of course, that’s according to Tom Hiddleston himself. During a recent interview at ACE Comic Con in Phoenix, Arizona, Hiddleston spoke about Loki’s motivation in the MCU. The star finally revealed he thought the character was eventually redeemed.
“It goes back to the first film,” Tom Hiddleston mentioned in response to a fan question. “He [Loki] finds out too late that he was adopted and that his real father was his father’s mortal sworn enemy. And that’s incredibly and emotionally destabilizing.”
Tom Hiddleston also makes sure to mention that Loki is the most certainly a broken character and he feels the masses can at least see where the God of Mischief is coming from when he does the thing he does.
“It’s a great scene to play. I think people always understand that Loki is a troubled soul and he’s evacuating his pain onto other people,” Hiddleston continued. “But they understand where his pain is coming from. So there was empathy.”
“I think the first film really humanizes him. And it makes the rest of the journey interesting,” the star behind Loki revealed. “It makes you always think that he could be pulled back and redeemed. And in my opinion, he’s redeemed in Infinity War.”
All in all, Tom Hiddleston has appeared as the Asgardian trickster in a total of five MCU films – all three Thor movies, The Avengers, and Avengers: Infinity War. The actor is set to reprise his role in a limited series for brand new Disney+ streaming service.
Coincidentally enough, Hiddleston also dished on the new Loki show a little bit in the same panel. Especially given the fact that Loki just died in Avengers: Infinity War.
“I think I posted something about that. It is very interesting. I can’t say much about it. I’m afraid. Time will tell.”
The last phrase might be letting on more than it seems, especially given the latest rumors. A report from The Hashtag Show says that the series will shift the focus away from Tom Hiddleston’s version of the character, and take a page out of the popular Journey Into Mystery as well as Young Avengers comic books and also put the focus on Kid Loki.
While the Disney Chairman, Bob Igler, confirmed Tom Hiddleston’s involvement, the actor refused to spill any major details, as the types of the Marvel Studios veterans and their ability to keep secrets.
Following the announcement of the Loki’s TV series, Tom Hiddleston wrote to Twitter, which read, “Loki. More stories to tell. More mischief to make. More to come.”
And in spite of his secrecy, the star recognizes how fans are eager to pick apart the details of his character’s appearances in their hopes of uncovering some clues.
“Listen, I have heard some amazing theories about this,” Tom Hiddleston explained at a convention appearance. “When I was in a park in London a couple of weeks ago, some guys came and said hi. They asked me the same question. They said, ‘Hey, listen, we need an answer to this question. All the other times Loki has died.’ – There has been a few – ‘he stabs with his right hand. And now he is stabbing with his left hand.’ I was like, ‘That is incredible attention to detail.’”
Regardless of Tom Hiddleston’s role in the series moving forward, it seems that Marvel Studios has big plans for Disney+ in the future.
While appearing on Variety’s Playback Podcast, producer Kevin Feige spoke about this project.
“Disney+ is, yes,’ Feige said. “It is another exciting avenue and another exciting thing about being at this place at this time. It goes back to the number of characters we have and the number of stories we could tell. When we announced ten movies and people asked ‘Well what about these other things?’ The previous stance would be ‘We only have a certain number of slots to make films per year.’ That is still true, but we have another outlet that I think it’ll be very unique and special.”
In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War is now streaming on Netflix. Other MCU movies on the release slate for Marvel Studios include Captain Marvel on March 8th, Avengers: Endgame on April 26th, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.
Marvel Studios Confirmed Loki Was Being Influenced By Scepter in “The Avengers”
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has become one of the biggest character arcs throughout the first ten years of Marvel Cinematic Universe, going from an outcast villain Thor to a sacrificial hero in Avenger: Infinity War. In spite of his redemptive ending, people will remember him for the villainous tendencies. Especially considering his battle in New York in Marvel’s The Avengers. Though, as we are finding out now, not every decision Loki made in the movie was actually his.
Do you remember how a large part of the plot of The Avengers revolved around Loki controlling the minds of Hawkeye and some other people with his scepter Thanos gave him (which turned out to be the Mind Stone)? Well, it turns out that the same scepter was controlling Loki as well.
The official website of Marvel has now confirmed the Mind Stone indeed influenced the version of Loki in the first Avengers film, which caused him to attack New York.
You can visit the “Loki On Screen” on Marvel’s website. You will find the following excerpt has a part of his own biography.
“Arriving at the Sanctuary (Chitauri Space) through a wormhole caused by the Bifrost Bridge. Loki met The Other, the ruler of the ancient race of extraterrestrials the Chitauri, and Thanos. Offering the God of Mischief the dominion over his brother’s favorite realm Earth, the Mad Titan Thanos requested the Tesseract in return. Gifted with a Scepter that acts as a mind control device, Loki would be able to influence others. Unbeknown to him, the Scepter was also influencing him, fueling his hatred over his brother Thor and the inhabitants of Earth.”
Actually, Loki alluded to this in the movie. We just did not realize that. Meanwhile, over on Reddit, one user pointed out an Avengers quote that was spoken by the God of Mischief himself.
“I remembered a shadow. Living in the shade of your greatness. I remembered you tossing me into an abyss, I who was and should be the king.”
It’ll be pretty interesting to see if this particular plotline plays into the plot of Avengers: Endgame at all. Set photos from the movie have hinted towards the inclusion of the Battle of New York in the film. So, it seems like, perhaps we could see another side of Loki that is willing to help the Avengers, providing that they snap him out of his trance.
Avengers: Infinity War is now officially streaming on Netflix, while Avengers: Endgame will be hitting theaters on April 26, 2019.
“Avengers: Infinity War” Directors Confirmed Loki is Really Dead
If you have spent a better part of 2018 mourning the God of Mischief, we got some bad news for us. The Russo Brothers have confirmed Loki Odinson is truly dead in Avengers: Infinity War.
Goodbye, Prince of Asgard!
During a recent screening of Avengers: Infinity War on Wednesday night, Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm was kind enough to tweet all the new updates learned from Joe & Anthony Russo’s live Q&A session. The dynamic sibling team behind the third Avengers installment (includes Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War) has been gearing up for the highly-anticipated Avengers 4.
And if you are one of those who theorized Loki was Bruce Banner in disguise, it turns out that you were mistaken.
The Russo’s were asked about a fan theory that Bruce Banner is really Loki in disguise. They answered. That “Loki is dead.”
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 29, 2018
“Loki’s dead,” Sciretta tweeted many times. While this may be good news for Hulk fans, it’s really a blow to those who already forgave Loki for murdering Agent Phil Coulson back in The Avengers (Coulson returned to life for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so no hard feelings, pal).
In case you have not heard the “Bruce as Loki” theory, you may want to read this in-depth discussion on the topic from a Reddit user (u/LordTryhard), that posted to the r/Avengers subreddit about six months ago.
Since Bruce’s inability to turn into the Hulk to his unusual knowledge of the Infinity Stones, the theory wasn’t that far-fetched. While some people were quick to jump in an agreement, others focused more on the post’s counterpoints. One argument against the debunked theory is, “Banner has ‘conversations’ with the Hulk even when no one appears to be around. So why would Loki feel the need to do that? Excellent point. Case closed here.
Even though many fans are still hoping out that the God of Mischief was using magic once again, Loki is in fact dead. He will, however, be returning to the Disney+ streaming service.
While Disney officially announced the Loki series earlier this month, Tom Hiddleston is only listed in rumor to be playing the part. It’s hard to imagine anyone else could replace the signature Loki appearance, but we have faith that Marvel will not disappoint us, no matter the outcome.
Recently, Loki’s Tom Hiddleston doesn’t appear on IMDB as returning for Avengers 4. However, that doesn’t mean he will not show up. For all we know, there’s about to be a huge time shift that will bring everyone, even those who died pre-snap (like Loki), back to life.