Warning: The following article contains potential spoilers for Avengers 4.
There are so many unanswered questions surrounding the events of Avengers: Infinity War, most of them revolving around who is really dead and who isn’t. There were a number of major deaths before the infamous snap wiped out half of the film’s superheroes. One of those earlier deaths was that of Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Loki lost his life in the first battle against Thanos aboard the Asgardian ship. After attempting to trick Thanos, Loki was choked to death by the mad titan — making it the third time that the trickster god has bitten the bullet in front of film-going audiences.
So — is Loki gone for good? Tom Hiddleston addressed the question that has been on the mind of every Marvel Cinematic Universe fan since Infinity War first debuted back in April. While attending ACE Comic Con this weekend in Chicago, the actor was probed about his character’s ultimate fate. Comic Book documented the conversation between Tom and the audience.
“Listen… I’ve heard some amazing theories about this. I was in a park in London a couple of weeks ago, and some guys came and said hi, and they asked me the same question. They said, ‘Hey, listen, we need an answer to this question. All the other times Loki’s died’ — there’s been a few — ‘he stabs with his right hand. And now he’s stabbing with his left hand.’ I was like, ‘That’s incredible attention to detail,'” Hiddleston recounted in front of a rapt crowd.
When his Infinity War co-star Elizabeth Olsen pressed him further on the question, Hiddleston responded with a simple “Your guess is as good as mine.”
Tom obviously knows the fate of Loki, as he was on set for the filming of Avengers 4. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he survived Infinity War, as time travel has been a rumored plotline of the final Avengers flick.
There are plenty of theories online suggesting that Loki could have made it out of Infinity War alive, with many pointing to the fact that Loki entered his final scene from off-screen. This could mean that he had a duplicate of himself sent into the room with Thanos and the Black Order — while the true Loki remained off-screen.
The stabbing theory which Mark discussed at ACE Comic Con could also confirm that the Loki which fans saw in Infinity War was a duplicate. Loki has frequently deployed duplicate versions of himself, making a copy of himself in every film that he’s appeared in since Thor debuted in 2011.
To find out the true nature of Loki’s fate, catch Avengers 4 when it hits theaters on May 3, 2019. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Danai Gurira, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, and Brie Larson.