The MCU Revealed How Kid Loki Killed Thor - Theory Explained
A shocking moment in Loki episode 5 shows that Kid Loki killed Thor, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have already explained how he did it.
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Lokiepisode 5.
A surprising moment in Loki explains that Kid Loki killed Thor, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe may also reveal exactly how he did it. In Loki episode 5, Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino) learns that the Time Variance Authority doesn't directly destroy all matter when it prunes a timeline. Instead, pruning simply sends variants to a void at the end of time. Believing the puppeteer controlling the TVA is living beyond the Void, Lady Loki prunes herself and ends up reuniting with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who was previously pruned by Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).
The Void is home to numerous Loki variants who somehow stepped off of the TVA's Sacred Timeline. These include Kid Loki (Jack Veal), Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei), Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant), and even Alligator Loki. "It's best not to question it," Loki tells Lady Loki after introducing the reptilian God of Mischief. Loki variants are consummate survivors, which explains why so many of them reside in the Void and regularly outwit Alioth, a cloud-like monster that consumes matter and energy. As Mobius (Owen Wilson) quips in Loki episode 5, "You throw a rock out here, you hit a Loki."
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Loki episode 5 reveals Kid Loki was sent to the Void after killing Thor, and the MCU may have previously explained how. According to a viral theory (via TikTok), it may have been a childhood prank. In the episode, Kid Loki explains that his nexus event was killing Thor, but he's scant on details. However, a scene in Thor: Ragnarokshows the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth) explaining that a young Loki once turned into a snake and stabbed him. With Kid Loki's affinity for blades, it's possible Thor died due to a prank gone wrong, signaling the TVA to arrest the young God of Mischief for Thor's murder.
The timing works out for the Marvel fan theory. After all, the adult version of Loki has tried to kill Thor numerous times, and they were all unsuccessful. How is it possible that a child-sized God of Mischief, whose powers aren't yet fully developed, managed to knock off the God of Thunder? A prank gone wrong would perfectly explain things. Plus, Kid Loki has been in the Void long enough to establish himself as the king. In Ragnarok, Thor says the snake incident happened when they were eight years old. Kid Loki could've been growing up in the Void since then.
While the theory seems possible, there could obviously be other explanations for Thor's death. In the Marvel comic "Fear Itself," Kid Loki doesn't use his sword for his brother's demise. He makes various decisions that eventually result in Thor's death, so perhaps the murder was more indirect. Additionally, Hemsworth improvised the snake line as one of Loki's attempts on his life. With the line supposedly coming off of the top of Hemsworth's head, it'd be weird for that specific incident to suddenly become the tragic backstory for Kid Loki. If the snake moment did result in Thor's death, maybe Kid Loki isn't truly to blame. It's clearly Hemsworth's fault.
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'King Loki' Deleted Scene Would've Included Thor Transformed (Exclusive)
Now that the debut season for Marvel Studios' Loki has completed its six-episode run, fans are left with plenty of questions about what's next for the God of Mischief and his new assortment of acquaintances.
But fans are also curious about the footage they saw in promotional trailers for the show that wasn't included in Season 1 . The shot that's got everyone talking is of Loki seemingly taking the throne of Asgard as a crowd of his people cheer him on.
The Direct recently sat down with Loki composer Natalie Holt, who was able to shed some more light on just why this scene was cut. Interestingly, she also mentioned that the sequence included a depiction of a reference made in Thor: Ragnarok , when Loki turned Thor into a frog.
LOKI AND THROG FIGHT FOR ASGARD'S THRONE
In an exclusive interview with Loki composer Natalie Holt, The Direct learned that the highly-talked-about scene of Loki in the Asgardian throne room from promotional footage was supposed to be included in a deleted scene of Throg giving Loki a beatdown in a TVA time loop.
When asked if there were any musical themes or cues that didn't make the final cut of Loki 's debut season, Holt admitted that there was a "big, grand moment where Loki takes over the crown in Asgard, and then you see Thor as a frog:"
"That was a moment in Episode 1. When Mobius is showing [Loki] his life, there were more moments in there. I think they just kind of cut it down to kind of give it a bit more focus. But there were a few extra moments in there, and that Frog of Thunder moment was one of them. I had actually written, I had done something with choir for it like it was this big, grand moment where Loki takes over the crown in Asgard, and then you see Thor as a frog."
We then asked Holt if this scene with Loki and Throg in the throne room is the same scene that many fans saw a shot of in the promotional footage for Loki . The new Marvel composer confirmed that the shot of Loki on Asgard's throne "was going to be in it" as part of the Throg sequence:
"Yeah! Where he’s like, rising like this [raises her arms] and he’s wearing a crown. Yeah, that was part of it. It was going to be in it."
After asking the Loki composer why the scene was left on the cutting room floor, she admitted that, despite it being a " really fun momen t ," it felt like it was "too off-piste" and the creative team didn't want to get caught up in "too many light-hearted moments" since "Loki needed to be kind of broken down in Episode 1:"
"I don’t think it got cut until quite late down the line. It’s a fun scene, butit felt like it was kind of too off-piste. They were like well we’ve had the D.B. Cooper [scene], we need to really get into the nuts and bolts of, like, Loki needs to be kind of broken down in Episode 1, and it was like too many of those light-hearted moments. It just felt like it played better without it. But it was a really fun moment.”
Natalie Holt did, however, give fans hope that they might still get to see the "Frog of Thunder" sequence as "an extra scene at some point," before admitting that she "doesn't know where they are with that:"
"I don’t know if I should be talking about this! [Loki director Kate Herron] was hoping to release it as kind of, like, an extra scene at some point, but I don’t know. I don’t know where they are with that."
THE MCU AND THE FROG OF THUNDER
It certainly makes sense that Episode 1 of Loki couldn't be all fun and games - especially now that fans know just how consequential the events of the Disney+ show have become. Nevertheless, MCU diehards have been eager to meet Throg in his amphibious flesh ever since he was teased in 's Thor: Ragnarok .
In the third Thor movie, Loki (while disguised as Odin) admitted that turning Thor into a frog "was indeed hilarious," confirming that it is canon to the MCU. Now, fans have also seen a Variant of Thor as a frog in Episode 5 of Loki , bringing them one step closer to seeing the Frog of Thunder in action.
Hearing that the actual moment in which Loki turned Thor into a frog was included in the Disney+ show at one point brings some clarity as to why Chris Hemsworth lent his voice for the short sequence of Throg that was shown in the series, as he certainly would have dubbed this throne room sequence as well.
Natalie Holt's comment that Loki director Kate Herron wants to release the clip as "an extra scene at some point" is certainly encouraging. The MCU loves to play the long game, but it's only a matter of time before Throg appears in all his might.
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Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Marvel Cinematic Universe character
This article is about the character. For the Disney+ series, see Loki (TV series).
Loki Laufeyson, known by adoption as Loki Odinson and by his title as the God of Mischief, is a fictional character portrayed by Tom Hiddleston in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and the Norse mythological god of the same name. Loki first appeared in Thor () and has since become an important recurring figure of the MCU.
As of [update], the character has appeared in six films, takes the lead role in the live-action series Loki (), appears in the animated series What If? (), and in The Good, the Bart, and the Loki (), an animated short film that serves as a crossover with The Simpsons franchise.
Loki's character has borrowed a number of characteristics and storylines from across the history of the character in Marvel Comics. As in the comics, Loki has generally been a villain in the MCU, variously attempting to conquer Asgard or Earth, and having allied himself with more powerful villains to achieve his aims. He has particular antagonism for his adoptive brother Thor, and is known to variously ally with and then betray Thor and others, and to regularly return from apparent death. In his development through the films and television series, he becomes less of a supervillain and more of an antihero.
A number of alternate variants of Loki have appeared alongside the character in the MCU, including a variant from , Sylvie, Classic Loki, Kid Loki, and more.
Concept and creation
The mythical figure Loki preceded Thor in making his first Marvel Comics appearance, depicted in the science fiction/fantasyanthology title Timely Comics' publication Venus No. 6 (August ) as a member of the Olympian gods exiled to the Underworld. However, the current version of Loki made his first official Marvel appearance was in Journey into Mystery No. 85 (October ), where Loki was reintroduced as Thor's sworn enemy. The modern age Loki was introduced by brothers and co-writers Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and he was redesigned by Jack Kirby. As one of Thor's arch-nemeses, Loki frequently made appearances in Thor-related titles like Journey into Mystery and Thor, as well as other Marvel Universe titles such as The Avengers and X-Men, as well as brief appearances in the Spider-Man and Defenders comic series.
Live-action film adaptations of characters in the Thor comic books were proposed at various times, but did not come to fruition. In the mids, Kevin Feige realized that Marvel still owned the rights to the core members of the Avengers, which included Thor. Feige, a self-professed "fanboy", envisioned creating a shared universe just as creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had done with their comic books in the early s. In , the film was announced as a Marvel Studios production. In December , Protosevich described his plans for it "to be like a superheroorigin story, but not one about a human gaining super powers, but of a god realizing his true potential. It's the story of an Old Testament god who becomes a New Testament god". In , Guillermo del Toro entered talks to direct the film. Del Toro was a fan of Jack Kirby's work on the comics, and said that he loved the character of Loki, but wished to incorporate more of the original Norse mythology into the film, including a "really dingy Valhalla, [with] Vikings and mud". However, del Toro ultimately turned down Thor to direct The Hobbit. Kenneth Branagh entered into negotiations to direct, and by December , Branagh confirmed that he had been hired. He described it as "a human story right in the center of a big epic scenario."
Several actors were reportedly considered for the part, including Josh Hartnett, and Jim Carrey. In May , Marvel announced that Tom Hiddleston, who had worked with Branagh before and had initially been considered to portray the lead role, had been cast as Loki. In June , Feige confirmed that both Chris Hemsworth and Hiddleston had signed on.
Tom Hiddleston stated that "Loki's like a comic book version of Edmund in King Lear, but nastier". Hiddleston stated that he had to keep a strict diet before the start of filming because director Kenneth Branagh "wants Loki to have a lean and hungry look, like Cassius in Julius Caesar. Physically, he can't be posing as Thor". Hiddleston also looked at Peter O'Toole as inspiration for Loki, explaining, "Interestingly enough, [Kenneth Branagh] said to look at Peter O'Toole in two specific films, The Lion in Winter and Lawrence of Arabia. What's interesting about his performance [as King Henry] is you see how damaged he is. There's a rawness [to his performance]; it's almost as if he's living with a layer of skin peeled away. He's grandiose and teary and, in a moment, by turns hilarious and then terrifying. What we wanted was that emotional volatility. It's a different acting style, it's not quite the same thing, but it's fascinating to go back and watch an actor as great as O'Toole head for those great high hills". Ted Allpress portrays a young Loki.
About his character's evolution from Thor to The Avengers, Hiddleston said, "I think the Loki we see in The Avengers is further advanced. You have to ask yourself the question: How pleasant an experience is it disappearing into a wormhole that has been created by some kind of super nuclear explosion of his own making? So I think by the time Loki shows up in The Avengers, he's seen a few things." About Loki's motivations, Hiddleston said, "At the beginning of The Avengers, he comes to Earth to subjugate it and his idea is to rule the human race as their king. And like all the delusional autocrats of human history, he thinks this is a great idea because if everyone is busy worshipping him, there will be no wars so he will create some kind of world peace by ruling them as a tyrant. But he is also kind of deluded in the fact that he thinks unlimited power will give him self-respect, so I haven't let go of the fact that he is still motivated by this terrible jealousy and kind of spiritual desolation." Hiddleston also filmed scenes for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but his scenes were omitted from the theatrical cut because director Joss Whedon didn't want the movie to feel "overstuffed".
In Thor: The Dark World, Loki forms an uneasy alliance with Thor against the Dark Elves. On where he wished to take the character in the film, Hiddleston said, "I'd like to take [Loki] to his absolute rock bottom. I'd like to see him yield, essentially, to his darkest instincts. Then, having hit rock bottom, maybe come back up. I think the fascination for me about playing Loki is that, in the history of the mythology and the comic books and the Scandinavian myths, is he's constantly dancing on this fault line of the dark side and redemption." Hiddleston recalled, "When I met Alan [Taylor], he asked me how I thought I could do Loki again without repeating myself and I remembered talking with Kevin Feige when we were on the Avengers promotional tour. I said, 'OK, you've seen Thor and Loki be antagonistic for two films now. It would be amazing to see them fight side by side. I've been the bad guy now twice, so I can't be again, or otherwise I shouldn't be in the film. So we have to find a new role for me to play."
Hiddleston was interested in how Loki's attitude has changed by the events of Thor: Ragnarok, saying, "he is always a trickster. It is trying to find new ways for him to be mischievous". As the ruler of Asgard since the end of Thor: The Dark World (), Hiddleston notes that "Loki has devoted most of his efforts to narcissistic self-glorification. Not so much on good governance." He also added that "the idea that Thor might be indifferent to Loki is troubling for him it's an interesting development".
With respect to Loki's death at the beginning of Infinity War, Hiddleston expressed the opinion that "it's very powerful he calls himself an Odinson, and that closes the whole journey of Loki and what he can do", also noting that Loki's death demonstrates how powerful Thanos is, setting the stage for the fight against him.
In Loki (), Loki's sex in the series is denoted by the Time Variance Authority as "fluid", in a nod to the character's genderfluidity in Marvel Comics and Norse mythology. Hiddleston said that the "breadth and range of identity contained in the character has been emphasized and is something I was always aware of when I was first cast 10 years agoI know it was important to Kate Herron and Michael Waldron and to the whole team. And we were very aware, this is something we felt responsible for."
Appearance and special effects
Hiddleston has noted that his transformation into Loki has required dyeing his naturally blond hair and making his naturally ruddy skin appear very pale, stating:
In making him with this raven black hair and blanching my face of all color, it changes my features. Suddenly my blue eyes look a lot bluer, which lends a severity to my face. And even my own smile has a distorted menace to it. Whatever comes through me naturally is distorted.
Loki's costume in Thor, designed by Marvel's head of visual development Charlie Wen, adapted elements from the comics while adding elements to give it a futuristic feel, reflecting the treatment of magic in the Thor films as merely highly advanced technology. Like other representations of Asgard, particularly including the costumes of Thor and Odin, it also referenced Norse symbols. Wen stated that he "designed Loki's armor to be more overtly ceremonial than practical", in keeping with the character being more focused on scheming for power than engaging in battle.
Hiddleston described the horns worn as part of his Loki costume as weighing about 30 pounds, resulting in one instance during the filming of The Avengers where he asked co-star Chris Hemsworth to really punch him in the face, because the weight of the horns made it difficult to fake being hit.
During the Loki TV series, numerous Loki variants were shown or introduced with varying appearances. With respect to the most prominently featured variant, Sylvie, Loki costume designer Christine Wada and director Kate Herron planned Sylvie to be "mysterious and somewhat androgynous" in the beginning, avoiding her identity reveal to become "a total play on gender", rather, letting the character evolve on her own "as a strong female lead" without over-sexualization. Sylvie's look represents a character that is "a fighter", can stand on her own, and is prepared to engage in battles and runs. Instead of tailor-made armors usually given to female comic book characters to enhance silhouettes, the costume designer intended to not make distinctions between the male and female clothing in the series. Sylvie's costume include a harem drop-crotch pant, which allowed her to emphasize movement equally to a tight pant or a spandex suit. Wada decided to bring that grounded aspect to Sylvie's look into a storyline with magic elements, stating that "I believe it more that somebody can go fight when they're in a rugged boot more than a pair of high heels function is such a clear and important thing to reference in all good design." In her first appearance, Sylvie wore a broken Loki crown, which she later left behind in the Ark. A version of the character, Lady Loki, wore a similar crown in the comics. Another variant, Classic Loki, wore a costume inspired by the character's s comic design by Jack Kirby.
Fictional character biography
Loki was born a Frost Giant and abandoned as an infant by his father Laufey, only to be found by Odin during an invasion of the realm of the Frost Giants in Jotunheim. Odin used magic to make Loki appear Asgardian and raised him as a son alongside Odin's biological son, Thor. During his upbringing, Odin's wife Frigga taught Loki how to use magic.
He used these powers throughout his life, constantly tricking his adoptive brother Thor, as well as pulling a heist on Earth under the alias D. B. Cooper. He was embittered throughout his upbringing, perceiving that he was neglected by Odin in favor of Thor, and thus growing closer to his adoptive mother Frigga instead.
Betrayal of Asgard
Further information: Thor (film)
Hundreds of years later, in , Loki watches as Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard. This is interrupted by Frost Giants, allowed in to Asgard by Loki, attempting to retrieve an artifact called the Casket, which was captured by Odin in a war centuries before. Loki then manipulates Thor into traveling to Jotunheim against Odin's order to confront Laufey, the Frost Giant leader. A battle ensues until Odin intervenes to save the Asgardians, destroying the fragile truce between the two races. Loki discovers that he is Laufey's biological son, adopted by Odin after the war ended. After Odin exiles Thor to Earth, Loki confronts Odin about his parentage, and a weary Odin falls into the deep "Odinsleep" to recover his strength. Loki takes the throne in Odin's stead and offers Laufey the chance to kill Odin and retrieve the Casket. Sif and the Warriors Three, unhappy with Loki, attempt to return Thor from exile, convincing Heimdall, gatekeeper of the Bifröst—the means of traveling between worlds—to allow them passage to Earth. Aware of their plan, Loki sends the Destroyer, a seemingly indestructible automaton, to pursue them and kill Thor. The Destroyer leaves Thor on the verge of death but his sacrifice sees him become worthy of returning from exile and he regains his powers and defeats the Destroyer. Afterward, Thor leaves with his fellow Asgardians to confront Loki. In Asgard, Loki betrays and kills Laufey, revealing his true plan to use Laufey's attempt on Odin's life as an excuse to destroy Jotunheim with the Bifröst, thus proving himself worthy to Odin. Thor arrives and fights Loki before destroying the Bifröst to stop Loki's plan, stranding himself in Asgard. Odin awakens and prevents the brothers from falling into the abyss created in the wake of the bridge's destruction, but after Odin rejects Loki's pleas for approval, Loki allows himself to fall into the abyss.
In space, Loki encounters the Other, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri. In exchange for retrieving the Tesseract,[a] a powerful energy source of unknown potential, the Other promises Loki an army with which he can subjugate Earth. Later, Erik Selvig is taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, where Nick Fury opens a briefcase and asks him to study a mysterious cube. Loki, invisible, prompts Selvig to agree, and he does.
Invasion of New York
Further information: The Avengers ( film)
In , Loki attacks a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility, using a scepter that controls people's minds and which, unknown to him, amplifies his hatred for Thor and the inhabitants of Earth. He uses the scepter to brainwash Clint Barton and Dr. Erik Selvig, and steals the Tesseract. In Stuttgart, Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract's power while Loki causes a distraction, leading to a brief confrontation with Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Natasha Romanoff that ends with Loki allowing himself to get captured. While Loki is being escorted to S.H.I.E.L.D. on the Quinjet, Thor arrives and takes him away, hoping to convince him to abandon his plan. However, Thor eventually takes Loki to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s flying aircraft carrier, the Helicarrier. Upon arrival, Loki is imprisoned while Bruce Banner and Stark attempt to locate the Tesseract. Agents possessed by Loki attack the Helicarrier, disabling one of its engines in flight and causing Banner to transform into the Hulk. Thor attempts to stop the Hulk's rampage, and Loki kills the agent Phil Coulson and ejects Thor from the Helicarrier as he escapes. Loki uses the Tesseract, in conjunction with a device Selvig built, to open a wormhole above Stark Tower in New York City to the Chitauri fleet in space, launching his invasion. The Avengers arrive and rally in defense of the city. As the Chitauri are ultimately defeated, the Hulk attacks Loki and beats him into submission in the Tower, before Loki is arrested and taken to Asgard.
Loki is captured by the Avengers and brought back to Asgard by Thor to be imprisoned for his crimes on Midgard (Earth) using the Tesseract.
Battle with the Dark Elves and death
Further information: Thor: The Dark World
In , Dark Elves led by Malekith attack Asgard, searching for Jane Foster, whose body has been invaded by an unearthly force known as the Aether. Malekith and his monstrous lieutenant Kurse kill Loki's adoptive mother Frigga, who had taught Loki magic. Thor reluctantly frees Loki, who agrees to take Thor to a secret portal to Svartalfheim, home of the dark elves, in return for Thor's promise to take vengeance for their mother. In Svartalfheim, Loki appears to betray Thor, in fact tricking Malekith into drawing the Aether out of Jane, but Thor's attempt to destroy the exposed substance fails. Malekith merges with the Aether and leaves in his ship as Loki appears to be fatally wounded saving Thor from Kurse, whom Loki was able to kill through trickery. Thor ultimately defeats Malekith in a battle in Greenwich, and returns to Asgard to decline Odin's offer to take the throne, and tells Odin of Loki's sacrifice. After Thor leaves, it is shown that Loki has actually survived and taken Odin's place on the throne, disguised as Odin.
Destruction of Asgard
Further information: Thor: Ragnarok
From to , Loki rules Asgard disguised as Odin, having kept the real Odin under a spell on Earth. During this time, the disguised Loki sends Sif to Earth on a mission and later banishes her from Asgard.
In , Thor returns to Asgard and discovers Loki's ruse, making Loki reveal himself to the shocked Asgardians. After Loki tells Thor where Odin is, he is taken by Thor back to Earth to New York City. Loki is trapped through a portal by Stephen Strange as a threat to Earth, before him and Thor are sent into another portal in to Norway, where they find a dying Odin, who explains that his passing will allow his firstborn child, Hela, to escape from a prison she was sealed in long ago. Hela appears, destroying Mjölnir to Loki's shock, and forces Thor and Loki from the Bifröst out into space. Loki lands on the planet Sakaar, and quickly ingratiates himself to the ruler of that world, the Grandmaster. Thor later crash-lands on Sakaar and is captured by the slave trader Valkyrie, a former member of the ancient order of Valkyries defeated by Hela. After convincing Valkyrie and Loki to help, they steal a ship with which to escape through a wormhole to Asgard – but not before Loki again attempts to betray Thor, causing Thor to leave Loki behind on Sakaar. However, Loki is found by Korg, Miek, and others who join him aboard a large vessel stolen from the Grandmaster called the Statesman. He leads them to return to Asgard and help the Asgardians escape the battle between Thor and Hela's forces, proclaiming himself their savior in the process. During the battle, on Thor's order, Loki goes to Odin's treasure room and places the crown of Surtur in the eternal flame kept there, thus causing an enormous form of Surtur to appear and destroy Hela and Asgard. In the process of doing so however, he steals the Tesseract from Odin's treasure vault. Thor, crowned king, decides to take the Asgardians to Earth despite Loki's concerns about how he will be received there.
Further information: Avengers: Infinity War
While en-route to Earth, in , Loki and Thor are intercepted by a large spacecraft carrying Thanos and his children, alerted to their location by the presence of the Tesseract secretly being held by Loki. After wiping out half of the Asgardians onboard while the rest flee via escape pods, Thanos, wielding the Power Stone, overpowers Thor and Hulk, kills Heimdall, and claims the Space Stone from the Tesseract that Loki hands over to him in order to spare Thor's life. In a last act of self-sacrifice, Loki pretends to swear allegiance to Thanos, only to attempt to slash his throat. Thanos intercepts the attack with one of his infinity stones, and kills Loki by snapping his neck, leaving his body to be cradled in his brother's arms.
Further information: Loki (TV series)
Multiple "variants" of Loki appear in Avengers: Endgame and Loki.
Working with the Time Variance Authority
Further information: Avengers: Endgame, Glorious Purpose, and The Variant
A variant of Loki (portrayed by Tom Hiddleston), dubbed Variant L, retrieves the Tesseract in an alternate during the Avengers' "Time Heist" and escapes following the Battle of New York, forming a new timeline.
In the events that follow, Loki is taken into custody by the Time Variance Authority (TVA), while the new timeline is reset and destroyed. TVA judge Ravonna Renslayer labels him a rogue variant to be "reset". However, TVA agent Mobius M. Mobius intervenes and takes Loki to a Time Theatre where he reviews Loki's past misdeeds and questions his real motive for hurting people. After realizing that the Infinity Stones cannot help him, as well as viewing his would-be future, including his own death at the hand of Thanos, he agrees to help Mobius stop a rogue variant of himself.
Loki joins a TVA mission following an ambush by the fugitive Loki Variant in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Loki stalls for time, but Mobius understands his plan. After some research, Loki proposes that the Variant is hiding near apocalyptic events like Asgard's Ragnarök, where the impending destruction means their actions cannot change the timeline, thus concealing them from the TVA. Loki and Mobius confirm this possibility by visiting Pompeii in 79 AD. Travelling to Alabama, they encounter The Variant, who rejects Loki's offer to work together to overthrow the Time-Keepers, before revealing herself as a female variant of Loki. The Variant then uses TVA Reset Charges to "bomb" the timeline, creating new timeline branches to keep the organization's minutemen busy, before escaping through a portal to the TVA to assassinate the Time-Keepers, with Loki in pursuit.
Allying with Sylvie
Further information: Lamentis and The Nexus Event
After a confrontation at the TVA, Loki teleports the Variant to Lamentis-1, a planet set to be destroyed by a meteor shower, using their TemPad. Both are unable to escape due to the TemPad having run out of power. Agreeing to ally with one another, the Variant introduces herself to Loki by the alias "Sylvie" and proposes a truce in order to escape the planet. The pair sneak aboard a train bound for the Ark, a spaceship intended to evacuate Lamentis-1, in order to siphon its power and recharge the TemPad. On the train, Loki gets drunk and starts a ruckus, causing him and Sylvie to be discovered and forced out by the guards. While walking to the Ark in order to instead hijack it and leave the planet, to prevent it from being destroyed as according to the Sacred Timeline, Loki enquires about Sylvie's enchantment ability, learning that the agents of the TVA are variants themselves; Loki reveals to Sylvie that the TVA agents, including Mobius, are not aware that they are variants. With the TemPad broken, the pair fight their way through the guards and through a meteor shower to the Ark, only to witness it being destroyed by a meteor just as they get to it, leaving them stranded.
On Lamentis-1, Sylvie tells Loki she escaped the TVA when she was about to be arrested as a child. Loki and Sylvie form a romantic bond, creating a branched timeline never seen by the TVA. Mobius rescues the two from Lamentis and has them both arrested, punishing Loki by leaving him in a time loop from his past. After Mobius derides Loki for having fallen in love with Sylvie, Loki tells him that everyone working for the TVA are variants, which Mobius investigates. Now aware of his background upon finding proof, Mobius frees Loki from the loop, but is soon confronted by Renslayer and pruned. Loki and Sylvie are taken to the Time-Keepers, accompanied by Renslayer and her minutemen. Hunter B intervenes, freeing Loki and Sylvie of their time twisting collars, and in the ensuing fight, the minutemen are killed whilst Renslayer is knocked unconscious by Sylvie. Sylvie then beheads one of the Time-Keepers, who turn out to all be androids. Loki prepares to tell Sylvie about his feelings, but Renslayer regains consciousness and prunes him. He awakens in a post-apocalyptic world, dubbed "the Void", with multiple other Loki variants, who invite him to join them.
The Void and He Who Remains
Further information: Journey into Mystery and For All Time. Always.
Loki learns from his other variants that a cloud-like creature named Alioth guards the Void and prevents anyone from escaping. Boastful Loki attempts to betray the other Lokis for another Loki variant (who was elected president in his timeline), causing a fight to ensue, forcing Loki and his variant allies to escape. After reuniting with Loki, Sylvie proposes a plan to approach Alioth and enchant it, in hopes that it will lead them to the real mastermind behind the TVA's creation, whilst Mobius teleports back to the TVA. Kid Loki and Reptile Loki escape while Classic Loki creates a large illusion of Asgard to distract Alioth and sacrifices himself in the process. This allows Loki and Sylvie to successfully enchant the creature and move past the Void. Noticing a citadel in the foreground, the pair walk towards it.
In the Citadel at the End of Time, Loki and Sylvie meet Miss Minutes and reject an offer from her creator, "He Who Remains", to return them to the timeline with everything they desire. He Who Remains reveals to Loki and Sylvie that he created the TVA after ending a multiversal war caused by his variants. As the timeline begins to branch, he offers them a choice: kill him and end the singular timeline, causing another multiversal war, or become his successors in overseeing the TVA. Sylvie decides to kill him, while Loki pleads with her to stop. They kiss, but Sylvie sends Loki back to TVA headquarters. At TVA headquarters, Loki warns B and Mobius about variants of He Who Remains, but they do not recognize him. Loki sees that a statue in the likeness of He Who Remains has replaced those of the Time-Keepers.
- A female variant of Loki who has adopted the alias "Sylvie" seeks to "free" the Sacred Timeline from the TVA, developing a method of body possession to achieve her ends. She later falls in love with the variant of Loki. Sylvie was first taken into custody by the TVA as a little girl, but escaped, and thereafter spent her life evading them.
- A variant of Loki dubbed "Boastful Loki" (portrayed by DeObia Oparei) wields a hammer and makes wild exaggerations about his accomplishments (including claiming to have defeated Captain America and Iron Man, and obtained the Infinity Stones). Boastful Loki attempts to betray the Classic, Kid and Alligator variants by allying with President Loki to rule the Void, but fails.
- A reptilian variant of Loki dubbed "Alligator Loki" lives in the Void with fellow Loki variants. Loki head writer Michael Waldron included him "because he's green", describing it as an "irreverent" addition. Director Kate Herron used a "cartoony" stuffed alligator during filming, allowing actors to interact with it, with the onscreen version rendered using CGI.
- A younger variant of Loki dubbed "Kid Loki" (portrayed by Jack Veal) created a Nexus event by killing Thor. He considers himself the king of the Void. He is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
- An elderly variant of Loki dubbed "Classic Loki" (portrayed by Richard E. Grant) grew old on an isolated planet after tricking Thanos and faking his death. Classic Loki has the ability to conjure larger, more elaborate illusions than Loki. This version sacrifices himself when creating an illusion of Asgard to allow Sylvie and Loki to enchant Alioth. His costume was inspired by his s comic design by Jack Kirby.
- A variant of Loki dubbed "President Loki" (portrayed by Tom Hiddleston) created a Nexus event by becoming a president in his timeline. He attempts to rule the Void with an army of other variants, and is at odds with Kid Loki. Hiddleston called President Loki "the worst of the bad bunch", describing him as "the least vulnerable, the most autocratic and terrifyingly ambitious character who seems to have no empathy or care for anyone else". His costume was inspired by the comic miniseries Vote Loki.
- A series of holographs of Loki variants are shown in a scene in the TVA, including one with the blue skin of a Frost Giant, another wearing the yellow jersey of the Tour de France leader and holding the race trophy, a third with a Hulk-like heavily muscled form, a fourth long-beared variant with hooves, and a fifth appearing more like a traditional viking.
- Multiple Loki variants are shown to be part of President Loki's crew, including "Glamshades Loki", "Poky Loki", "In Prison Loki", and "Bicycle Loki". These variants were named by costume designer Christine Wada.
See also: What If? (TV series)
Several alternate versions of Loki appear in the animated series What If?, with Hiddleston reprising his role.
Conquering the Earth
Further information: What If the World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes? and What If the Watcher Broke His Oath?
In an alternate , following the death of Thor during his exile to Earth, Loki arrives with the Asgardian army to avenge him. Confronted by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., he defeats them using the Casket of Ancient Winters before threatening to turn the entire world into ice. After negotiating with Fury, he agrees to give him until the next sunrise to find Thor's killer, who Fury deduces to be Hank Pym. The two confront him in San Francisco and defeat him, but Loki decides to remain on Earth and quickly becomes its ruler.
Sometime later, Fury assembles a resistance movement to overthrow Loki and a battle ensues between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Loki's Asgardian forces. Just as Loki is about to claim victory, the Watcher brings in a Natasha Romanoff from another reality, who proceeds to subdue Loki with his Scepter.
Frost Giant prince
Further information: What If Thor Were an Only Child?
In an alternate A.D., Odin returns an infant Loki to Laufey rather than adopting him, resulting in Loki growing up to be the Frost Giant prince of Jotunheim. Loki and Thor later meet under unknown circumstances and become best friends. In , Loki attends Thor's intergalactic party on Earth alongside his fellow Frost Giants, who vandalize Mount Rushmore. Loki accidentally prevents Jane Foster from contacting Thor when, due to his large Frost Giant fingers, he drops and breaks Thor's cell phone.
The character of Loki "has been a fan favorite ever since his central role in 's The Avengers", becoming "one of the MCU's most beloved characters". Hiddleston has received a number of nominations and awards for his performance of the character.
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Marvel Reveals How Tom Hiddleston's Loki Would Look Without Brother Thor In New What If Episode
Warning - This article contains spoilers for Episode 7 of What If? .
After a string of somewhat tragic episodes from Marvel Studios' What If? , the latest episode lightened the mood by asking the question of "What If Thor Was an Only Child?"
In the episode, an irresponsible Thor with a penchant for partying visits Midgard where his celebrating wreaks so much havoc that SHIELD Agent Maria Hill nearly nuked the God of Thunder.
However, he's not alone in his merrymaking. This episode was packed with MCU character cameos from Rocket and Nebula to Thor: Ragnarok 's roster of characters, like the Grandmaster, Korg, and even Surtur .
Still, the most surprising cameo of all just might've been the star of Marvel's most recent live-action Disney+ series - Loki ; but for this series, Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief sported a different look.
Loki's New Look in Marvel's What If?
During the latest episode of What If? , when Thor is partying in Paris, France, the God of Thunder appears upset when Loki joins the celebration; but this time, he's not Thor's brother. He's a Frost Giant.
Still voiced by Tom Hiddleston , the former God of Mischief towers over Thor with a blue complexion, gold armor, red eyes, and his signature horns that now appear to be made of ice.
After the two exchange insults, it's then revealed that they are actually friends in this universe, with Loki even referring to him as his "brother from another mother."
At the start of the episode, the Watcher shared that Loki's Jotunheim blue hue is the result of Odin returning baby Loki to Laufey instead of adopting him as his own son.
Much like What If?' s Party Thor, Loki is equally irresponsible and even bails on his "brother" when Thor asks for help in clearing up the mess and destruction they've caused on Earth.
Blue and Burdened With Purpose
Since fans have known about Loki's heritage since 's Thor , getting to see him as a Frost Giant - and who he would be if he hadn't been adopted - was one of the more intriguing aspects of this episode of What If?
It was also interesting that the writers made a conscious decision to still have Thor and Loki share a bond and even refer to one another as brothers. Despite some of What If?' s far-fetched scenarios , the characters are always inherently the same.
Clearly, Marvel Studios is making a conscious decision to emphasize the connection between these two.
Still, this What If? story isn't the first time fans have seen Loki looking a little blue.
In Marvel's Loki series on Disney+, Hiddleston's Loki is shown a variety of Loki Variants including a blue-hued version labeled as Variant L . However, it probably wasn't this Frost Giant Loki from this animated series since Variant L was wearing Asgardian leather.
Also, audiences have seen Loki - without his blue complexion and growth spurt - in an earlier episode of What If? titled "What If The World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?"
While it remains to be seen if these Lokis - or new Lokis - show up in Season 1's final two episodes, it's safe to say that this version will probably be one of the most memorable.
New episodes of What If? debut Wednesdays on Disney+.
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