Is Loki Alive in 'Avengers: Endgame?' How the Film Will Impact the Character's Disney+ Series

In the opening scene of last year's Avengers: Infinity War, the ship transporting Loki, Heimdall, Thor and Hulk to earth was attacked by Thanos and his Black Order. The attack resulted in the deaths of both Loki and Heimdall.In the months following Infinity War's release, online theorists predicted both characters would return via time-travel hijinks or in some other manner during Avengers: Endgame, alongside the victims of Thanos' snap.

Warning: spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead.

Now that Endgame has released in theaters, we can confirm Loki was not resurrected in the main MCU during the film, but he might still be alive and ready for his Disney+ debut in an alternate universe.

Partway through Endgame's second act, Doctor Strange's mentor, the Ancient One, explains the film's rigid time-travel system. When something is altered in the past, rather than changing the future, it creates an alternate universe where those events occurred. Loki is likely alive and thriving in one of those alternate universes.

A big part of Endgame's plot involved the Avengers hopping around the timestream to times and places where they knew the Infinity Stones would be present. With that in mind, the squad returned to 2012's "Battle of New York" to secure the Mind Stone from Loki's scepter, the Time Stone from the Eye of Agamotto, and the Space Stone from the Tesseract.

After obtaining both the Time and Mind stones, Scott Lang (Ant-Man) and Tony Stark (Iron Man) attempt to get their hands on the Tesseract, but they botch it. The case holding the Tesseract lands at Loki's feet and he's able to flee the scene with the stone amidst the mayhem.

This moment created an entirely new timeline where Loki is alive, allowing him to do just about anything he wants, which leans right into his new Disney+ show. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the series will feature the trickster traveling through time, acting as the invisible hand behind major historical events. The only thing that premise requires from the main MCU is for Loki to be alive, which he is, in this alternate universe. Tom Hiddleston is expected to reprise his role as Loki for the show, which is expected to launch during the streaming service's second year. Disney+ will launch in the United States in November 2019.

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