Warning! Spoilers ahead from Avengers: Infinity War. This article breaks down the popular Loki Avengers 4 theory.
Everyone is hoping that fan-favorite MCU character Loki isn’t really dead. He’s faked his own death before (see: Thor: Dark Wold), so he could have again, yes? We’re siding with the majority and agreeing. Here is one of the main swirling theories around how Loki is still alive after Thanos supposedly snapped this neck in Avengers: Infinity War.
The God of Mischief: Loki would have turned his natural state of a Jotun had he really died in Avengers: Infinity War
As Syfy Wire reminds us in its article around the theory, Loki wasn’t born Asgardian. He was taken as a baby after Odin defeated his home planet during its rebellion:
“The facts working in favor of this theory are these: Loki points out to Thanos that he’s not Asgardian but a Frost Giant and the rightful King of Jotunheim; then, when Thanos snaps his neck, Loki, oddly enough, doesn’t revert to his natural Jotun state of having blue skin and red eyes. It seems that, with his magic no longer working and actively keeping his Asgardian disguise in place, Loki would turn back into a Jotun. Thus, either Loki isn’t actually dead (again) or Marvel really, really messed up on some in-universe lore.” —Syfy Wire
This seems obvious, but several fans overlooked this simple Easter egg. Now, this next part of the theory is a bit of a stretch, but it actually makes a lot of sense.
Was Loki casting a projection of The Hulk in Avengers: Infinity War…and is he now hiding in disguise as Bruce Banner?
Ok, guys—bear with me for this one. Remember in the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos attacks the ship carrying Thor and Co. after their escape from Hela and Ragnarok? Here’s the clip again as a quick reminder:
Here’s the Loki Avengers 4 theory (this is from the helms of Reddit/YouTube/ScreenRant and cliff-noted for you all):
-The Hulk/real Bruce Banner actually left the ship prior to this scene.
-As Thanos attacked the ship, Bruce Banner was thrust into space.
-Loki saw this happen, but knew they needed the illusion of Hulk and his strength once Thanos attacked.
-When Heimdall (played by Idris Elba)sent The Hulk through the Bifröst, it was actually Loki.
-Using the power of The Tesseract, Loki projected himself on the ship,”sacrificing” himself
-When Bruce Banner lands on Earth—he’s not actually Bruce Banner, but Loki disguised. This is why Bruce cannot Hulk-out while back on Earth.
Remember, the Tesseract’s power represents “the fabric of space. If used correctly, the Tesseract can open gateways to any part of the universe and provide interdimensional travel.” (Fandom Wikia) Because of this, theoretically it means that Loki’s powers and/or projection could travel through space, which would make his projection still appear on the ship with Thanos while he traveled through the Bifröst back to Earth.
Loki Avengers 4: Holes in this theory
If Loki was able to project The Hulk during Thanos’ fight, why can’t he on Earth? Well, it may not be that he can’t, but more that he won’t. Bruce Banner on Earth is more concerned with educating everyone about what to do with the Infinity Stones to defeat Thanos and getting the right people involved: Doctor Strange, Iron Man, the people of Wakanda. This leads to the larger theory that Iron Man is to be the Sorcerer Supreme, which maybe Loki/Heimdall foresaw (how else would Heimdall know to send Loki disguised as Banner through the Bifröst to Sanctum Sanctorum where Doctor Strange resides?)
Syfy Wire points out that the Marvel comics’ Infamous Iron Man series shows, “an elderly Tony Stark as a master of the mystic arts; Tony, scraggly beard and all, appears in a vision and gives advice to Victor Von Doom, the new Iron Man.” From the way that the Avengers 4 is shaping up based on the events in Infinity War, this seems like a likely title for Iron Man to be bestowed. You can read more the Sorcerer Supreme here.
If this is true, where’s the real Bruce Banner?
If Bruce Banner isn’t really on Earth and it’s Loki disguised, it’s hard to pinpoint where the real Bruce Banner is. Because Bruce is strong on his own as The Hulk—probably even more so than Thor, one could question—then it could be plausible that Heimdall, Loki, Thor, and Hulk agreed to send him on a secret mission. Plus, The Hulk can also travel through space in his Hulked-out state. What would this secret mission be? Well, there is the idea that more of the Planet Hulk storylines could come into the fold from the comics. Also—there’s no way that Thanos could beat The Hulk that easily without all of the Infinity Stones yet. Call us crazy, but we’re sticking to it.
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