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Isn’t Loki dead in the MCU?

How is Loki alive after he died in the MCU? A quick explainer on Loki’s return to life.

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Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in “Loki.”

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in “Loki.” How is Loki alive after he died in the MCU? A quick explainer on Loki’s return to life.

Chuck Zlotnick, Marvel Studios

You may see the new “Loki” show on Disney+ and wonder ... didn’t Loki die?

Didn’t Loki die in the ‘Infinity War’ movie?

Yes. Loki died in “Avengers: Infinity War” when Thanos attacked a ship traveling from Asgard (which had just escaped the apocalypse, as seen in “Thor: Ragnarok”).

  • Thanos destroys everyone and everything on the ship. He takes the Tesseract (which has an Infinity Stone inside) from Loki and then chokes the god of mischief until he dies.
  • “No do-overs this time,” Thanos tells Loki in that scene.
  • From there, Loki is gone.

Loki appears in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ too

We don’t see Loki again until “Avengers: Endgame” when the Avengers travel back in time to the 2012 Battle of New York (as originally seen in “The Avengers.”) to collect Infinity Stones, including the one inside the Tesseract.

  • While there, the 2012 version of Loki steals the Tesseract and travels away from the battle, which sets up the new “Loki” show)

Why ‘Loki’ doesn’t skip Loki’s death

Michael Waldron, the head writer for “Loki,” said it’s important not to forget Loki’s death and what happened to him in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

  • “I actually never wanted to forget it,” Waldron told The Wrap. “We knew early on that we wanted to have this Loki experience it and see it because even though he didn’t live it, our audience did. And the folks who love Loki know that that was part of his journey. We don’t want to say that that stuff didn’t matter.”

Waldron told The Wrap the show’s writers wanted to bring Loki up to speed on his original death so they could put him on a new journey.

  • “It became our job to bring this guy up to speed, but then hopefully launch him on his new equally fulfilling, but hopefully very different, journey,” he said, according to The Wrap.