Thor The Dark World is on BBC 1 tonight.
It gives fans yet another chance to enjoy the duplicitous games of the Trickster.
Loki’s long romp through the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemed to come to an abrupt and decidedly final end in Infinity War as Thanos tossed his lifeless body to the floor and warned: “No resurrections, this time.”
Is the heir to Asgard and Jotenheim really gone?
Don’t forget Loki is a master of magic and illusion. He cruelly faked his own death in The Dark World, allowing a devastated Thor to weep over his body.
Could he really have done it twice? Wouldn’t Thanos have been able to tell?
Thanos at the time only possessed the Power Stone and could not detect the Space Stone before Loki uncloaked it.
The Mad Titan had not yet collected the Reality Stone, so it is entirely feasible he would not have been able to penetrate Loki’s illusion.
In The Dark Wold, Thor is actually touching Loki when he cast the illusion. It is not a trick of the eye like Loki has perfeormed before. The illusion is solid and tangble.
Did he do the same to Thanos?
In the build up to Infinity War’s release, Hiddelston talked openly about looking forward to explore Loki’s character further. It sounds like he knew he would live on.
Leaked set photos from the Atlanta Avengers 4 filming last year also appear to show Loki alive and well.
Ok, he is back in chains and this is almost certainly either a scene from the past or an alternate dimesion as the surviving Avengers go back thorugh time to try and stop The Snap happening.
At this stage it woudl take a master of maigic and illusion to untangle all the theories, rumours, reports and leak surrounding Avengers 4 but we will continue to hope Loki did not meet his end on teh cold, hard deck of that Asgardian ship.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD IS ON BBC 1 ON JUNE 9 AT 10.35PM.