We were all devastated by the heartbreaking ending of Avengers: Infinity War, of course, but the death that fans have been working the hardest to think of a way around is the one at the beginning of the movie. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was offed by Thanos in the film’s introductory scene, in an emotional end to the character’s redemptive arc. But many viewers have theorized that things are not as they seem.
Seeing as he’s the God of Mischief and is no stranger to faking his death, a common theory is that Loki shapeshifted into Hulk onboard the Statesman and it was the Asgardian that was transported to Earth instead. After all, this would explain why Banner can remember so much of being the other guy in the film and why he can’t turn into Hulk later on.
For believers of this theory, however, we have some news for you: the Russo brothers have now shot it down in flames. The filmmakers held a special screening of Infinity War in Hollywood yesterday followed by a Q&A session. Of course, one fan just couldn’t resist pitching the Hulk/Loki switch theory to them but they were quick to dismiss it, promising that the antihero is, in fact, definitely dead.
We’re not sure we can totally believe what the Russos say, however, as we know that Loki still has a future in the franchise. That’s because Hiddleston is reprising his role for a Marvel TV series coming to the Disney+ streaming service in the not-too-distant future. Sure, the show could be a prequel, but we’re also pretty certain Loki turns up in Avengers 4 as well.
Maybe he really is currently dead, but like the rest of Avengers: Infinity War‘s casualties, we suspect he’ll be resurrected over the course of the sequel.