During an appearance at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience event, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige confirmed that Loki aligns with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity war. This isn’t entirely surprising, as the hotly anticipated Infinity War trailer confirmed that Loki had in fact swiped the Tesseract before Surtur laid waste to both Asgard and Hela at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. Were one seeking to achieve Thanos’ favor, there would likely no more direct route than presenting the Mad Titan with an artifact of such immense power.
While Loki returning to the side of evil for his own benefit is hardly a shock, it’s still likely to disappoint MCU fans who thought that the devious trickster had finally decided to join his brother Thor in using his abilities for a benevolent purpose. Unfortunately, they say a tiger never changes his stripes, and the same principle might hold true for Loki. Perhaps he’s spent so much time being a bad guy that he just doesn’t know how to proceed with life any other way.
Feige’s confirmation that Loki aligns with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War was passed along by Brazilian entertainment news outlet Omelete, via their Twitter account. This continues what has already been an eventful CCXP for superhero movie news, with some other tidbits so far including Feige confirming that Jon Watts will direct the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, the reveal of new logos for Sony’s Venom solo movie, and a tease that the eventual follow-up to FOX’s New Mutants will itself be set in Brazil.
That all said, it’s worth pointing out that Loki might not have much of a choice in the matter when it comes to serving Thanos. It’s very possible that Loki’s turn to the side of good near the end of Ragnarok was completely genuine, but when faced with imminent death at Thanos’ hands, the adopted son of Odin simply opted for self preservation. That may not be the most courageous response to such a threat, but it’s still an understandable one.
Additionally, it’s also possible that when Loki aligns with Thanos, he’s not actually betraying his brother and his fellow displaced citizens of Asgard. Having worked for him before, Loki knows full well how dangerous Thanos is, and could very well be trying to get close to the Dark Lord in an effort to serve as a double agent secretly intent on bringing him down. If that were the case, Loki likely wouldn’t want to risk anyone blowing his cover, so he would feel the need to make his duplicity feel authentic by not letting any of the heroes in on his plan. For now though, fans will just have to wait and see what Loki’s true motives are.
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