Loki is one of those characters who has cheated death so many times over the years that one can never be sure when and how he will return to the living. However, the God of Mischief seemed unlikely to return when Thanos killed him in ‘Infinity War.’ Five years later, the Avengers found a way to return in time and eventually bring back all the people killed by the ‘snap.’ Loki was still alive in the past and managed to trick everyone around him once again. So, let’s see what happened to Loki in ‘Avengers: Endgame.’
In ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ after the Avengers returned to the past to obtain the Space Stone from the Tesseract, they altered some events that followed the Battle of New York. Loki used those events to steal the Tesseract back and escape. No one knew what happened to him after that, but the show ‘Loki’ revealed that he escaped to the Gobi desert and was then captured by the TVA for creating the Nexus Event.
This briefly summarizes what happened to the God of Mischief in the movie. It was interesting to see what was happening in the Stark Tower after the Battle of New York from different perspectives in ‘Avengers.’ Keep reading to find the full explanation of how it all went down.
Loki’s appearance in ‘Avengers: Endgame’
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was an emotional roller coaster and provided the audience with many shocking scenes. Thanos killing Loki at the movie’s beginning was definitely one of those moments. After that, not many expected that Loki would return in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ especially because he was killed by Mad Titan’s hand and not evaporated by the ‘snap.’ However, Loki did appear in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ thanks to the Avengers’ time travel and pursuit of the Infinity Stones.
Five years after Thor chopped off Thanos’s head, the Avengers figured out the possibility of going back in the past and collecting all the Infinity Stones before Thanos could do so. After they figured out how to time travel, all they had to do was to determine in what time period Infinity Stones were and where. After some brainstorming, Natasha figured out that if they picked the right year, there would be three Infinity Stones in New York.
And she was right. In 2012, during the Battle of New York, the Ancient One had the Time Stone at the Sanctum Sanctorum, the Mind Stone was in Loki’s scepter, and the Space Stone was stored in the Tesseract.
After the Avengers won the Battle of New York in 2012, they captured Loki in the Stark Tower, and we also get to see those scenes in the ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ but from the perspective of Tony Stark from the future, who traveled in the past to obtain the Tesseract containing the Space Stone. Some scenes were added since we did not see them in ‘Avengers,’ like Loki impersonating Thor, Hulk complaining about taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.
When the Avengers reached the building’s lobby, Loki used the opportunity presented to him, took the Tesseract, and escaped through a portal. That same scene is also shown in the ‘Loki’ show, where we learn that Loki escaped to the Gobi desert, and the TVA found him there and took him to face trial for that crime. He was never meant to steal the Tesseract because that was a Nexus Event that meddled with the timeline.
How did Loki come back to life?
Loki’s appearance in the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ does not mean he returned to life. In the timeline where Thanos kills Loki and the Avengers win, Loki is dead for real. Loki that we saw in the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was Loki from 2012, when the Avengers traveled back in time. He was still alive then because Thanos killed him six years later, in 2018.
It is important to note that even though Loki is alive in the ‘Loki’ show, he is now a Variant that does not exist in the timeline but as a part of the TVA, where time works very differently. He can’t return among living since his existence would create a Nexus Event wherever he would show up. He Who Remains was probably the only one who could keep his promise and bring Loki back on the timeline, but he is dead now, so that option is out of the question.
The ending of the first season of ‘Loki’ demonstrated that the Sacred Timeline is now broken beyond repair, and not even TVA remembers who Loki is. It will be interesting to see how the second season will explain all of this and if Loki will find a way back to the living. It seemed far-fetched but not impossible, especially with the Multiversal travel being more active than ever in the MCU.
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