Why Loki Could Be Alive and Disguised as This 'Avengers: Endgame' Hero

Maybe Loki isn't dead after all?

Inverse String Theory

Loki may have been one of Thanos’ first victims in Avengers: Infinity War, but plenty of fans are still hopeful that the trickster god will find a way to return in Endgame. Some theories have even speculated that Loki somehow faked his own death or is working in cahoots with Doctor Strange, but it’s still unclear exactly how Thor’s adopted brother will figure into Avengers: Endgame.

But what if the answer is been staring us in the face all along (or at least ever since the first Avengers: Endgame trailer debuted)? That’s the idea behind a galaxy-brained new theory from the Marvel-obsessed minds at Inverse.

This is just one Inverse String Theory, but it could be true. So consider yourself warned about potential Avengers: Endgame spoilers.

The basic theory here is simple: Loki is disguising himself as Ant-Man in Avengers: Endgame. Our evidence? When Scott Lang shows up outside Avengers headquarters in the first trailer, he makes a very specific pose, extending his arms to either side. It’s one that should be familiar to Loki fans, who should remember the Asgardian character making the same motion multiple times in Marvel’s movies.

Here they are side-by-side for comparison:

avengers endgame
Right: Loki. Left: Also Loki?

The second official Avengers: Endgame theory showed Ant-Man again, but this time he wasn’t shrugging. Instead, we see Scott Lang wandering through the post-Snap world and inspecting a bunch of “missing person” signs in shock.

The implication here is that Ant-Man managed to escape the Quantum Realm (where he got stuck at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp) but came out months or years after the Snap at the end of Infinity War. However, this doesn’t disprove our Loki theory, it just means that Loki also wasn’t aware of the Snap until much later after it happened.

As for how Loki survived getting murdered by Thanos in the first place, it’s not too unreasonable to believe that the trickster god might have deceived the Mad Titan too. Some fans think he may have even watched himself “die.”

Assuming Loki did survive and is disguised as Ant-Man (for some reason, we’re not really sure why), it seems obvious his next move would be to get revenge on Thanos. How exactly he’ll pull that off remains to be seen.

In the final lead-up to Avengers: Endgame’s release, Inverse is unleashing a few fan theories of our own. Read all of them here and check back for weekly theories from some journalists who spend way too much time thinking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.


Got your own Avengers: Endgame theory? Send it to me at jake@inverse.com.

Media via Marvel, Inverse (1, 2)