Is Loki Dead in the MCU?

Loki gets arrested by the Time Variance Authority
Credit: Marvel Studios

Loki gets arrested by the Time Variance Authority
Credit: Marvel Studios

The God of Mischief has found ways to cheat his own death over the course of his entire run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering how cunningly slick his mind works in manipulating the people around him, is Loki canonically dead in the franchise?

Why Did Thanos Kill Loki?

Thanos kills Loki in Avengers: Infinity War
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We all know that Thanos’ main goal was to vanquish half of the universe’s population by wielding the six Infinity Stones via the Infinity Gauntlet, but why did he have to kill Loki upon the introduction of Avengers: Infinity War?

To put it simply, Loki had his death coming for him since the 2012 The Avengers film came out. Loki knew exactly who Thanos was, and yet, as the God of Mischief strove to commit to his ‘glorious purpose’ of ruling the world, he worked with the Mad Titan.

At the time, Thanos employed Loki to invade New York and even lent him an army in exchange for Loki to hand him the Tesseract, one of the Infinity Stones.

Considering that Loki knew Thanos’ power, as well as the importance of the Space Stone in wiping out half of the population, the God of Mischief had been running from the Mad Titan in the entire MCU timeline.

Loki was fully aware that his failure to win the Battle of New York would cost him his life.

In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos’ army reminded Loki that he had his death coming to him. As a result, this led to Loki suffocating by the Mad Titan's bare hands, with Loki trying to be the hero in his dying breath to save his brother, Thor, from getting killed, too.

Surprisingly, though, despite losing Loki in the battle against Thanos, how is it that the MCU brought up his own titular series on Disney Plus?

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If Loki is Dead, What is the Loki Series About?

Loki and Mobius return in Loki Season 2
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One thing you have to remember when watching the progression of Marvel is the fact that it now centers around the concept of the Multiverse.

Avengers: Endgame showed that the Avengers traveled back in time to put the Infinity Stones back in their original places in the past, unbeknownst to them that their interference would cause the Loki variant from the 2012 film would escape using the Tesseract. And this is where our timeline begins with the Loki series.

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Marvel’s Multiverse has pretty much saved a lot of skin when it comes to losing our heroes (and villains), and Loki is no exception.

Thanks to the Time Heist Loki for escaping his alternate MCU timeline, he earned his place in being detained in the Time Variance Authority. An organization that protects and keeps the Sacred Timeline moving smoothly.

Loki working with the Time Variance Authority
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The Loki series revolves around Loki trying to correct his past mistakes by now acting as the hero rather than the God of Mischief who wreaked havoc over the MCU.

On Loki’s journey with the TVA, he meets a bunch of other Loki variants from different timelines and learns more about how the Multiverse works in the ever-expanding cinematic universe of Marvel.

However, things aren’t quite as pleasant as they seem to be, especially once Loki and his other variant, Lady Loki (Sylvie) discover the truth behind who’s really controlling the TVA and the workings of the Sacred Timeline.

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