Avengers: Infinity Battle and Endgame pulled off a feat not like something ever seen on display earlier than by culminating the earlier ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and bringing almost each MCU superhero collectively on display. The flicks are broadly appreciated by followers and critics, and had been extremely profitable, however there’s one change they may have made to the opening of Infinity Battle that may have made each motion pictures significantly better.
This modification would not simply have an effect on Infinity Battle, it might have an effect on the best way each motion pictures performed out in small methods, and would add much more thematic significance, in addition to some extra comedic moments. This modification is merely that, within the opening of Infinity Battle, Loki shouldn’t be killed by Thanos.
Usually, the best way that he dies seems like an unsatisfying fruits to his character arc (after all, the character is again for the Loki Disney Plus present, however that Loki is coming straight from The Avengers, and subsequently would not have the character improvement of the Loki in Infinity Battle) and it would not actually make sense. Loki would know that an try and stab Thanos would by no means work, and it simply appears out of character for Loki to decide like that when he is purported to be actually intelligent and a grasp of trickery.
Usually, it simply felt like the choice to kill him was made for shock worth somewhat than to truly full his character arc in any method. It was additionally only a disappointing selection for the followers to observe, as a result of Loki is such a fan-favorite character, and it did not really feel respectful to the character to have him killed off in such an unceremonious method. If the purpose was to point out how highly effective Thanos is, the viewers has already seen that due to how rapidly he took down the Hulk, who up till this level has been one of the highly effective Avengers. There was no must kill Loki off simply to make that very same level a second time.
However what if Loki hadn’t died? What if he hadn’t tried to tug a knife on Thanos and had lived via the remainder of the film? This is what the 2 movies may have appeared like with a dwelling Loki.
He and Thor would each be discovered floating in area amongst the particles of their ship by the Guardians of the Galaxy. This case has excessive comedic potential, as a result of whereas Thor interacting with the Guardians was humorous sufficient by itself, Loki making an attempt to have a dialog with Starlord or Drax would have been pure comedy gold. His demeanor is so completely different from that of a lot of the Guardians that it might have lent itself to plenty of situational comedy, and his (presumable) utter disdain for a lot of the crew can be hilarious to observe.
After this level, Loki would accompany Thor to Nidavellir, and the occasions there principally happen the identical method that they do in Infinity Battle, simply with Loki there as nicely. Thor nonetheless has that motivation to need to kill Thanos as a result of Thanos nonetheless killed plenty of his folks. When Stormbreaker is solid and Thor, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot make their method to Wakanda to hitch within the battle, on this model Loki would include them. The Avengers would, after all, be confused and distrustful of him at first, till Thor reassures them that he is on their facet on this combat. Loki then fights with the Avengers in opposition to Thanos’s military.
This can be an excellent full-circle second for his character arc, as a result of if Infinity Battle and Endgame are purported to be culminating the tales that the MCU has been telling up up to now, it can be satisfying to see the villain of the primary Avengers film have sufficient character improvement that he is now preventing alongside them in opposition to a a lot larger enemy.
The occasions of the top of Infinity Battle would transpire in the same method, with Thor wounding Thanos with Stormbreaker, however not immediately killing him, and Thanos nonetheless capable of snap and create the blip. Thor would watch as Loki is without doubt one of the individuals who is blipped and dissolves into mud, which is basically the ultimate straw for him, as his final remaining member of the family (who he simply rekindled a constructive relationship with) disappears due to a failure that Thor himself made.
This is able to make his anger and subsequent melancholy spiral in Endgame really feel much more practical. The way in which the film is now, it is smart that he can be upset and really feel that half of the world disappeared instantly due to his private failure, however it might make that feeling much more potent if he really had a private, familial connection to the tragedy of the blip. It can be a superb supply of motivation for his character all through the film if he felt that by making an attempt to retrieve the stones, there was an opportunity that he may get his brother again and reverse that mistake he made.
The occasions of Endgame would play out basically the identical method that they do now, besides that on the remaining battle in opposition to Thanos within the wreckage of the Avengers compound, Loki can be one of many heroes who got here again when the blip was reversed and fights with them as soon as once more. It could be that remaining, cumulative full-circle second for his character, very similar to the battle of Wakanda, to not solely be preventing with the very folks he tried to destroy within the first Avengers team-up film, however that he’s preventing in opposition to the one who had ordered him to provoke the assault on New York within the first place.
On this model of occasions, Loki would additionally survive the ultimate battle (as a result of another main character dying at this battle would take away from Tony Stark’s remaining sacrifice), which would go away the door open for future adventures, both in Thor: Love and Thunder or just on his personal.
Although Infinity Battle and Endgame each work nicely the best way that they at the moment exist, it is attention-grabbing to consider how significantly better they may have been if a path like this, the place Loki lives, had been adopted, particularly for individuals who are huge Loki followers. For now, followers will merely have to attend till Loki releases on Disney Plus to seek out out what occurs to everybody’s favourite trickster god subsequent, even when it isn’t the model with the character improvement that they’ve come to know and love.