Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has had one of the greatest character arcs all through the initial ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, going from a villain of Thor to a hero in Avengers: Infinity War. In spite of his redemptive closure, Loki will be associated with his villainous and evil inclinations, particularly thinking about his assault on New York in Marvel’s The Avengers. However, as we’re discovering now, not every odd choice Loki made in that film was really his.
Keep in mind how a large piece of the plot of Avengers spun around Loki controlling the brains of Hawkeye and other individuals with his the staff that Thanos gave him (which ended up being the Mind Stone)? Well things being what they are, the same staff was controlling Loki also.
Marvel’s official site has now affirmed that the MCU form of Loki was in fact impacted by the Mind Stone in the main Avengers film, which made him do the assault on New York.
In case, you go to the “Loki On Screen” page on Marvel’s site, you’ll locate the following extract has some portion of his biography:
“Arriving at the Sanctuary through a wormhole caused by the Bifrost, Loki met the Other, ruler of the ancient race of extraterrestrials the Chitauri, and Thanos. Offering the God of Mischief dominion over his brother’s favourite realm Earth, Thanos requested the Tesseract in return. Gifted with a Scepter that acted as a mind control device, Loki would be able to influence others. Unbeknownst to him, the Scepter was also influencing him, fueling his hatred over his brother Thor and the inhabitants of Earth.”
Loki really alluded to this in the film, and we simply didn’t understand it. A Reddit user pointed out this Avengers quote, stated by the God of Mischief himself.
“I remember a shadow. Living in the shade of your greatness. I remember you tossing me into an abyss, I who was and should be king.”
It will be intriguing to see whether this specific plotline plays into the plot of Avengers: Endgame by any stretch of the imagination. Set photographs from the film have implied towards the incorporation of the Battle of New York in the film, so maybe we could see another side of Loki that willing to help the Avengers, given they snap him out of his trance.