Nov 4, 2021

This Is How Loki Could Have Sent Hulk Crashing Back To Earth In Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is speeding full throttle to reach cinemas in April, and there is a great deal of unanswered questions about the upcoming Marvel Studios movie. A careful evaluation of the hints given in the latest trailer might have answered one of those questions: how did Bruce Banner crash land in the New York Sanctorum of Doctor Strange. It seems that Loki might be instrumental in this.

Let’s recall the last time we had seen those two. Loki and Hulk battled alongside Thor in Thor: Ragnarok, and ultimately were on board the Sakaar ship loaded with Earth-bound Asgardian refugees.

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The Hulk had a simple story in Thor: Ragnarok. He or should we say, Banner, developed a bond with Thor, and it led him to Asgard where the Thunder God tried to protect the planet. During the iconic third battle, Banner even took the extreme step of morphing into Hulk, despite apprehensions about not becoming normal ever again. He managed to help save the Asgardians before their planet was destroyed, and then boarded the Earthbound ship with them.

However, Loki is the interesting part of things. As seen in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World, the Loki has periodically shown a very flexible moral stand. He is an opportunist, putting his own good above all, and is usually open to let others die in pursuit of his goal. However, we saw a different Loki in Thor: Ragnarok. At the time when he had a chance to get off Sakaar and start a fresh life, Loki chose to go back to Asgard to support Thor and Asgardians. The ending of Thor: Ragnarok suggested Loki had redeemed himself and was set to lead a hero’s life.

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But, of course, it is not easy to change one’s constitution, and Loki did leave Asgard with a souvenir from Odin’s treasure. When he was about to grab the Crown of Surtur and dump it into Eternal Flame, leading to Asgard’s ruin an end of Hela’s rule, he came across the Tesseract housing the Space Stone. That taken with the fact that he ran away from Asgard, as confirmed by the initial Avengers: Infinity War trailer indicates that Loki possessed the Space Stone when Thor: Ragnarok ended.

Therefore, it wasn’t surprising to see Thanos intercept the Asgardian refugees in his search to grab the six Infinity Stones, during the mid-credits sequence of Thor: Ragnarok. The two Avengers: Infinity War trailers indicate that the battle in deep space spelled doom for the Asgardians. In fact, in the latest trailer, we can see what seems to be the bodies of Asgardians scattered around, and someone is walking among them. That’s where we saw Loki hold the Space Stone.

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However, there is no doubt that Loki’s ex-boss didn’t exactly feel great to see him. We see Loki encircled by the Black Order, and Proxima Midnight’s spear aimed at his head. It shows that the mischievous Asgardian is their prisoner, and not a fellow, although he did work for Thanos in The Avengers. It can also be seen that Loki was without the Space Stone in that scene.

It is obvious that Thanos was upset with Loki. He took a big risk by giving Loki the Mind Stone, which he ended up losing to the Avengers. To make matters worse, Loki eventually managed to rule Asgard, but, he gave nothing in return to Thanos. However, this scene might not just be about that old scar.

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Although things look grim for Thor and his brother, there is one major character who is not seen in these sequences: the Hulk. While he was onboard the ship with them when they were intercepted by Thanos’ ship, towards the end of Thor: Ragnarok, he is not seen  in the scenes of the destruction. Rather, we see Banner crashing through Dr.Strange’s New York Sanctum’s roof, surprising all present there.

Banner’s landing there is not just a coincidence. Before now, only Thor and Loki have met Doctor Strange. While Thor was seen during the end credits of Doctor Strange, it was Thor: Ragnarok which detailed that scene.Strange admitted to constantly being on vigil against any magical threats to Earth, and that’s how he showed the brothers from Asgard, the location of their father, Odin. He also displayed his powers by holding Loki captive in an alternate dimension during the time he spent chatting with Thor.

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Since Thor and Loki are the only characters who could link Hulk to Doctor Strange, there must have been something which compelled Hulk to be dispatched from the far corner of the universe to meet the Sorcerer Supreme. It might be to alert him, and the other Earthlings, about the imminent arrival of Thanos. Luckily for the Asgardian brothers, they possessed the exact thing which could make such a thing possible: the Space Stone. But, Thor is the hero, and he couldn’t be the guy to do this. Therefore, the only option is Loki.

From the time the teaser trailer had come out, speculations have done rounds about Loki’s death, early in the film. The Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige has already added fuel to the fire, stating “Within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” There won’t be an option much better than murdering Loki, one of the most powerful characters of Marvel. The fate of the Asgardians is already indicated in the movie’s trailers. Therefore, this might be the most logical sequence of events.

If Loki sent Hulk to Earth against Thanos’ wishes, his assumed death would have a greater significance: It would see his story come full circle, ending the journey that started in Thor: Ragnarok. It is also going to justify the faith put in him by his brother Thor, throughout the years. Not only that, but he will also have a purpose to keep fighting in the eventuality of the slaughter of his people. Loki’s death would be a proper culmination of the character and will give Thor a personal reason to fight Thanos. There is certainly something horrific which Thanos compelled the God of Thunder to watch at the 1:24 mark in the trailer.

You should get ready to pay homage to the most loved villain of MCU: Loki, the  God of Mischief. Among his recent heroics, the direction of his story, hint by Kevin Feige, and the various clues provided by Avengers: Infinity War trailers, everything seems to be building up to the death of Loki. Before dying, he might just pull off this last moment game-changer by sending Hulk to Earth by using Space Stone and warning the Earth-based heroes of the risks caused by Thanos. That’s quite a way to die.

Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and the movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. It would open in a theater near you on April 27.