While Loki met his apparent demise at the literal hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, the much-beloved fan-favorite character was far from entirely wiped from the Marvel Cinematic Universe given the events of Avengers: Endgame.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ‘AVENGERS: ENDGAME’ WILL FOLLOW AFTER THE GIFs (LITERALLY, RIGHT AFTER THE GIF).
During the second act of Avengers: Endgame, as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were attempting to pull of their “time heist”, the 2012 version of Loki from The Avengers was able to escape custody after he gets his hands on the Time Stone and teleports off Earth and into the cosmos.
Following the initial release of Endgame, the directors — Joe and Anthony Russo — all but confirmed that Loki’s new series on the upcoming Disney streaming service Disney+ would focus on this new branch reality.
Now, in a recent interview with Business Insider, the Russos further delved into the complicated mess that is Loki’s new post-Endgame timeline and how that might involve one Captain America.
“Loki, when he teleports away with the Time Stone, would create his own timeline. It gets very complicated, but it would be impossible for [Cap] to rectify the timeline unless he found Loki,” Joe said.
And given that the closing scene of Avengers: Endgame shows Cap contently and seemingly unworriedly dancing with the love of his life, Peggy Carter, its fair to assume that he was able to catch Loki and “rectify” the timelines, as he was instructed to do so by the Ancient One via Bruce Banner.
While whether or not Steve Rodgers would be a featured part of the series is yet to be seen, given Marvel Studios reputation for meticulously planning and plot-mapping, it seems more than likely that Captain America is going to have to cross paths with Loki at some point if he is to rectify the time-travel chaos that the Avengers caused in Endgame.