There's A New Theory About Loki's Death In Infinity War, And It's Lowkey Brilliant

Diply 9 Aug 2018

As full of iconic moments as Avengers: Infinity War is, there's one scene that's always stuck out as feeling a little bit...off. In the opening moments of the movie, Thanos boards an Asgardian ship, where he faces down Thor and Loki in order to get his gauntleted hand on the Space Stone. To the surprise of everybody watching, and to the infinite grief of Tom Hiddleston fans, Thanos made quick work of Loki, seemingly killing the God of Mischief once and for all.

But what if there's more to the story than that? Maybe we're just spoiled having seen Loki come back from supposed death a handful of times before, but this new theory actually makes a ton of sense.

Redditor hockeytalkiesaw a bunch of complaints and theories about how quickly Loki went down in Infinity War, and they decided to try to bring all the strings together into one, comprehensive theory.

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To keep it simple and straightforward, they broke the theory down into six parts.

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"Loki's move against Thanos looks like suicide. So, it probably is."

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It might be fan fantasy to just assume that Loki is always one step ahead, but he's proven time and time again just how true that is. Being tricky is literally his job description.

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Surely, Loki knew that pulling a knife on Thanos after pledging his allegiance to him was a death sentence.

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It seems like a really dumb and obvious move. Since the simplest solution is usually the right one, it's reasonable to assume that Loki has some other motive beyond just trying to shank the Mad Titan.

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"Why would Loki want to die? To get to Valhalla."

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Unlike a lot of other theories about Loki in Infinity War, hockeytalkie is willing to accept the fact that Loki did, in fact, actually die. But in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is some kind of life after death, especially for the Asgardians.

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Valhalla is a place of rest for Asgardians in the afterlife.

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While Loki technically isn't Asgardian, as we learned in Thor: The Dark World, it's possible that because he is Odin's son, he may be eligible to gain access. In order to have enough glory to get into Asgard, however, an Asgardian needs to die in battle — say, maybe by attacking a giant purple conqueror?

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"Why Valhalla? Odin is there."

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When Odin died in Thor: Ragnarok, Thor wished him well in his rest in Valhalla. While Odin didn't technically die in battle, he's the head honcho of the Gods, so there's little doubt where he's hanging out these days.

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Despite the fact that Loki and Odin have always had a, let's say, tenuous father-son relationship, it stands to reason that Odin still has a vested interest in the well-being of Thor, Earth, what's left of Asgard, and the rest of the Nine Realms.

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Odin's had tons of experience in epic battles against unstoppable foes. Heck, we found out in Ragnarok that Odin was a pretty bad guy in his own right. So, why not pick the brain of the king of the Gods for advice?

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"What good is information if you're too dead to share it?"

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This may seem like a weird sticking point in the theory. Why bother dying and going to Valhalla if you can't actually get any information back to the living world?

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Except we've already seen people communicate with Thor from beyond the grave in Thor: Ragnarok.

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Remember when Odin pulled a Mufasa and gave Thor his "Are you the God of Hammers?" speech? Who's to say that Loki couldn't pull a similar trick?

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"Loki's final words are very well-chosen, and very important."

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Do you remember the oath that Loki swears when he bows to Thanos? He says "I, Loki, prince of Asgard, Odinson, the rightful king of Jotunheim, God of Mischief, do hereby pledge to you...my undying fidelity."And hey, we all know that Loki appreciates a good kneel.

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One small detail that was easy to miss is that when Loki makes his pledge, he looks at Thor.

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Is it possible that Loki was actually being sincere in his words but that they were just pointed in a different direction? It sure sounds like something the mischievous heartthrob would do.

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"Even Loki's final taunt to Thanos is a clue."

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Once Loki drops the act and tries to get all stabby with Thanos, he keeps up his defiance right up to the very end. Locking eyes with the Mad Titan, he says "You will never be a God."

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Sure, it could just be a taunt, telling Thanos that no matter how many Infinity Stones he collects, he'll still fall short of true Asgardian power, but it could also be a specific threat.

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Like, "Hey dude, I'm going to go to Valhalla to get a pep talk from all the gods and great warriors of the past, and we're going to figure out how to beat you." And presumably, since there's no further death in Valhalla, Loki will have all the time in the world to plot against Thanos.

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As far as fan theories go, this one seems to hold up. jimmyrhall summed up his reaction by saying, "I buy it. Loki is smart enough to not die in vain. He always has a plan." But not everyone is totally on board.

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FlyingDutchman34, for instance, asked why any of this would be necessary. Why couldn't Odin just do all of this on his own, communicating directly with Thor instead of adding this extra middleman (middlegod?) into the mix?

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Another redditor, Snickerway, may answer that question.

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While Thanos' plan to eradicate half of the life in the universe may seem dispassionate, he's also almost romantically attached to balance.

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Perhaps Loki realized that by sacrificing himself (one half of a notorious brotherly duo), Thanos would be more likely to spare Thor.

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After all, what's more balanced than splitting a popular pair in half?

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Snickerway went on to explain that Loki knew about Thanos' plan long before anyone else.

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After all, it was Thanos' servant The Other who lent Loki his scepter and the Chitauri army in The Avengers in order to help conquer Earth.

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So it's possible that Loki has had this plan, or at least the kernel of it, cooking up for the past three years.

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I don't think anyone's saying that Loki's had this whole thing cooked up.He sure did seem to be genuinely interested in conquering Earth in The Avengers, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't already plotting ways to stop Thanos as well. After all, what's the point of conquering Earth if someone's just going to yank half of humanity out from under you?

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Snickerway elaborated further that dying in real life also seems to be something different from dying because of Thanos' Snap.

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Namely, the difference is where you end up.

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We don't know what happens to most MCU characters when they die, but we do know that some Asgardians go to Valhalla.

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People who died in the Snap, however, end up with their souls inside of the Soul Stone. It's like the old saying goes: "Die by the Soul Stone, live in the Soul Stone."

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Tying this all back to the theory, dying by Thanos' hand, rather than his Gauntlet, means that Loki gave himself the best chance possible of continuing to fight the good fight. 

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Redditor Chameleonpolice pointed out that this theory makes Loki sound like a popular character from one of the world's other huge franchises.

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"It sounds like Loki is MCU's Snape," wrote Chamelonpolice, and they're not far off, assuming this theory holds up.

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It's not clear exactly how Loki would end up helping out in the final battle against Thanos.

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Maybe it's just a Force Ghost-style pep-talk. Or maybe he'll go full Aragorn and lead an army of dead Asgardians out of Valhalla.

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It's all certainly possible, and I guess we'll have to wait until Avengers 4 to find out.

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Until then, we'll just be over here believing that Loki's got this one last trick up his sleeve.

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