Oh Loki, where art thou?
After having his neck snapped by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, it seemed to be curtains for the God of Mischief that is Loki (Tom Hiddleston), leaving half-brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) heartbroken. Avengers: Endgame saw the heroes of the MCU seek to undo Thanos' brutal decimation of half of the universe's population by travelling back to the past to obtain the Infinity Stones. In one of those past encounters, the Avengers visit 2012 during the events of the first Avengers film but fail to obtain the Space Stone (Tesseract), before a past version of Loki escapes with the infinity stone. Towards the end of the film, Captain America (Chris Evans) returns to the past to place the stones back where they got them to prevent dangerous alternate timelines from occurring.
So where does that leave the escaped past-Loki?
The film's directors, the Russo brothers, have spoken to Business Insider about Loki's fate. Joe Russo said, "The intent was that [Cap] 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 Russo added, "We're dealing with this idea of multiverses and branched realities, so there are many realities."
This is likely how Loki will return for his own limited series on new streaming service Disney+. The Russos don't appear to be changing their view to agree with the film's screenwriters on Cap's ending, however. "He would have to come back to this timeline in order to hand off the shield," said Joe Russo of Cap creating a new timeline for himself. "There's a question of, how did this separate timeline Cap come to reappear in this timeline and why?" added Anthony.
Well, we can't wait to find out!Read More