Loki started out in the MCU as one of the main bad guys, before soon learning his errors and almost joining up with The Avengers at one point. As he makes his debut on Disney Plus, Express.co.uk explains some of Loki’s biggest moments in the MCU.
Loki’s birth – 965AD
Loki’s story begins quite a lot earlier than we thought when the Asgardians fought the Frost Giants.
In that time, the Asgardians won the war, but Odin realised King Laufey’s baby was left behind.
He decided to take him in, using magic to make him look like a normal Asgardian, which later caused real issues when Loki realised his true origins.
Loki’s betrayal – Thor
Loki first betrayed his brother Thor and father after realising he would not be crowned kind of Asgard.
He helped smuggle in Frost Giant forces to beat them and then realised who his father truly was, which only toughened his resolve.
The film ended with him plummeting into another dimension, where he schemed further about how to beat his family.
Loki teams up with Thanos – The Avengers
Loki inadvisably began helping Thanos, without realising the super god’s plans to end humankind.
The Mind Stone in his sceptre controlled him, fuelling his hatred of Thor, but he used the power of the Tesseract, AKA the Space Stone, to bring the Chitauri to Earth through a portal.
He lost to the Avengers and was imprisoned, sort of.
Loki becomes King of Asgard – Thor: The Dark World
After Thor busted Loki out of prison to get his help in defeating the Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World, Loki was shortly back up to his old tricks.
He faked his death and used his magic to take on the form of Odin, his father, and banish Odin to Earth so he could remain supreme ruler.
Loki remained as such until Thor realised in Thor: Ragnarok, and went and ousted Loki, after which Odin’s actual death caused Hela, the destroyer of Asgard, to return.
Loki dies – Avengers: Infinity War
The events of Thor: Ragnarok seemed to bring Loki and Thor closer, and the brothers floated around their new Asgard on a ship in space.
After these events, however, Thanos and his lieutenants boarded the spaceship carrying the Asgardian survivors in search of the Space Stone.
This was contained in the Tesseract, a blue cube Loki has kept close to him for a long time
Thanos subdued The Hulk and Thor, and Loki handed him the Tesseract in order to stop the torture of his brother.
Eventually, Thanos killed Loki and Heimdall, having sent The Hulk to Earth using the Bifröst.
Loki is back – Loki
Avengers: Endgame provided the way for Loki to return in his new series, but it isn’t the Loki we know and love.
Before the New York Battle of 2012, as shown in The Avengers, or Avengers: Assemble, Loki was captured after trying to force humans to be subservient to him as their leader.
A new version of these events were shown in Endgame, as Ant-Man and the rest of the Avengers went back into different points of their timelines to retrieve the Infinity Stones to defeat Thanos.
In the Endgame version of this moment, Ant-Man made an error which meant the Tesseract fell from a suitcase and rolled towards Loki, who took his opportunity to escape and grabbed it.
As a result, the Loki we are seeing in the TV series Loki is, in fact, the 2012 Loki, rather than the one who continued on and died at the hands of Thanos.
The 2012 Loki ends up with the Time Variance Authority, or TVA, and the series will see him travel to different times to help the TVA, or risk being deleted from time itself.
Of course, now this version of Loki exists, many fans would be excited at the prospect of him turning up in the upcoming Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder.
However, this is not the case, as Tom told Empire: “We talked about the Thor movies as a family saga, and the diametric opposition between Thor and Loki and duality and antagonism being a book that perhaps should remain closed for the moment.
“We have explored about as much as we can about these two brothers.”
The first episode of Loki is on Disney Plus now