WARNING: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame
The directors of Avengers: Endgame have confirmed Loki’s fate, following his cameo appearance (as played by Tom Hiddleston) in the film.
Although the character was killed at the start of Thanos’s rampage in Avengers: Infinity War, we saw him once more after Iron Man, Ant-Man, Captain America, and Hulk travelled back in time to the battle of New York in 2012.
During their mission to snatch the Space Stone and bring it back to their own, post-Snap present, things go awry and Loki manages to grab the stone and teleport away.
Anthony and Joe Russo revealed that the scene means, in some alternate timeline, that Loki is still alive.
“The intent was that he was going to correct the past timelines at the point that the stones left,” Joe Russo told Business Insider. “Loki, when he teleports away with the [Space 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.”
“We’re dealing with this idea of multiverses and branched realities, so there are many realities,” Anthony Russo added.
It’s possible the upcoming Loki-themed Disney+ series will explore what exactly happened to the version of the character that escaped with the Space Stone.
Avengers: Endgame is out now.