The final chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga has arrived, and with it, we have so many questions about what happens next. While Avengers: Endgame wraps up many of the MCU’s lingering threads, it also leaves room for many more, including something that could have major ramifications on the Disney+ streaming service. Warning: What follows contains major Avengers: Endgame spoilers. Read at your own risk.
When Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) travel back in time to New York City in 2012–during the final showdown of the first Avengers film–something very interesting happens. While trying not to screw up the timeline, they accidentally let the 2012 version of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) get his hands on the Tesseract–which houses the Space Stone–and disappear into a portal with it.
While Tony and Cap solve the problem of getting their hands on the Space Stone by, instead, going even further back in time, neither of them seem to care much that Loki got his hands on the stone in their timeline and disappeared. Using Endgame’s own flawed time travel logic, that should create a branching timeline and a new–and likely very bad–series of events.
After all, this isn’t the Loki you couldn’t help but love from Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. This is the absolutely awful and vile Loki that nearly brought about the destruction of Earth in Marvel’s Avengers. This Loki is the worst, plain and simple, and him having possession of the Tesseract it bad news, regardless of the timeline. And yet, as far as we know, Tony, Steve, and Scott didn’t even bother to tell anyone what happened.
So what happens now?
The future of the MCU remains a giant question mark after Endgame. We know Spider-Man: Far From Home is out soon and a number of Phase 4 movies–from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to a Black Widow standalone film to Black Panther 2–are all expected eventually. But what about Loki and the Tesseract?
This may be where the upcoming Disney+ streaming service comes into play. It was previously revealed that among the MCU shows coming to Disney+ was a series starring Hiddleston as Loki. However, after Endgame, the god of mischief is still very dead in present day after being killed by Thanos (Josh Brolin). So how will he appear in his own show?
We may already know the answer. The Hollywood Reporter, citing a source, claimed the show will follow Loki as he revisits events in human history and acts as an “unlikely influencer.” Does this mean we’re getting an evil Loki going around and further screwing up human history? While the Space Stone allows him to teleport, it doesn’t make him able to travel through time. That said, Avengers: Endgame is loaded with time travel, for better or worse, which means finding a way to jump around in human history is a distinct possibility.
Are fans going to love a show where evil Loki just screws things up left and right, though? It’s always possible the show will find a way to make him good, but it’s hard to see this version of Loki as a hero.
Whatever the case, it should be interesting to see where Marvel Studios takes Loki in his standalone show. The important thing is that Hiddleston isn’t done playing the character just yet, which is very exciting.