I must say I found this rather surprising, but according to writers Markus and McFeely, Loki surviving Endgame wasn’t planned by Marvel. It was rather the shock when Loki died so quickly in Avengers: Infinity War. When Thanos told the audience, “no resurrections this time”, I genuinely thought Loki’s time in the MCU was up. However, we fans all pondered what it could mean when a previous version of Loki escaped the alternate timeline in Endgame. With the Tesseract, that version of Loki (just defeated at the end of Avengers) was able to escape capture.
Not long after Endgame had been and gone, it was announced that Loki would be getting his own Disney+ show. As far as we are aware, Loki will deal with the alt-Loki we saw in Endgame. Fans, myself included, just assumed this had always been the plan for Loki. Surely Loki’s death in Infinity War, and then escape in Endgame were designed with the Loki show in mind?
However, according to Infinity War and Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, that’s not the case. The writers have been answering questions about the recent Avengers movies for the Endgame Watch Party. One fan asked if the pair were given a mandate regarding Loki from Marvel Studios themselves? Here is the response from Markus and McFeely, courtesy of ComicBook.com.
— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) April 28, 2020
I think it shows that perhaps Marvel doesn’t solidify their plans too far in advance. The idea to make a show about an alternate version of Loki, is a great concept. But, I guess that this idea only began to grow after Markus and McFeely wrote their script for Endgame. Though, to be clear, that was likely some time before we fans got to see Endgame in theaters. The basic script for Endgame must have been in place prior to beginning shooting Infinity War. The Avengers movies were essentially shot back to back, excluding reshoots. Therefore, from a planning point of view alone, Endgame‘s script must have been in an almost completed state.
Marvel then did probably have years to dream up the Loki show. However, it’s still a cool little detail, and one I think most people wouldn’t have guessed immediately. From the little we do know about Loki, it sounds like a wild ride. I can’t wait to see what the God of Mischief is getting up to in his own show. Knowing Loki surviving Endgame wasn’t planned by Marvel, just makes me even more intrigued for Loki.
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