Marvel has officially made a Loki fan theory canon
There have been countless fan theories over the years, covering all different aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One, in particular, is worth noting, as it’s just been made canon.
A few years ago, a fan theory popped up arguing that Loki was not himself during the time of the first Avengers movie. The theory posited that the Scepter which gave him the ability to control others was also controlling him. Obviously, the theory implies that Loki wouldn’t have been aware of this, and the rest of the characters would have been too preoccupied to even consider it.
The sad truth is that it does indeed appear to be the case. Marvel’s official website confirmed the accuracy of this theory with a simple statement: “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 favorite 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.”
What This Means
While there are now tons of new theories being thrown around thanks to the confirmation of one, the truth of the matter is we don’t yet know what this will mean. In the long run, at least. We obviously know that Loki was compromised during the first Avengers movie, and we can probably assume that even with the Scepter out of range there was still some control being held over Loki.
Here’s where things get tricky: how do we tell what was Loki’s motivation, and what was coming from Thanos? In Thor: Ragnarok, did Loki willingly go for the Tesseract, or was that Thanos pushing him in that direction? Loki being controlled (or at least pushed in that direction) would certainly help explain why the ship full of Asgardians was the first target on Thanos’ final assault. Or it could simply have been a matter of convenience.
One question fans are asking, though, is what does this mean for Loki’s fate?