Loki: Was the MCU coming to an end with Loki’s death? (2024)

Perhaps the destiny of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was sealed with Loki’s dramatic demise at the start of Avengers Infinity War. However, Loki is always misleading in appearances.

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe experiences declining box office receipts and a growing societal sense of superhero weariness, observers and devotees of the series have examined the brand’s current status. Even if a lot of people still like and respect massively successful franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans will always feel that the series has reached its peak with The Infinity Saga. As MCU antagonist Thanos would say, it is inevitable to witness such a collapse, but what precisely triggered this change is yet unknown.

It is sometimes impossible to isolate one or two specific events that marked the beginning of the series’s downfall when examining the ups and downs of a property within the scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And although there is value to this battle, it may not be as unachievable as some fans initially think. One story choice in Avengers: Infinity War, which exposed the greatest dangers of what was once an untouchable franchise—the death of Loki—may also be directly to blame for the franchise’s lack of focus, even though it also produced a series that has served as the pinnacle of this phase of the series.

Perhaps the destiny of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was sealed with Loki's dramatic demise at the start of Avengers Infinity War. However, Loki is always misleading in appearances.

A Doubting Message Is Sent by Loki’s Death Following the Events of Thor: Ragnarok

  • Thor was given a promise by Loki before he died that the sun would rise on Asgard once more, but it’s unclear if that has truly happened.

Fans were horrified to see their beloved god of mischief, Loki, killed by the movie’s antagonist, Thanos, in the first scenes of the eagerly awaited Avengers: Infinity War. From a microcosmic perspective, focusing just on the story aspects that mold Infinity War as a stand-alone endeavor, is a good method of establishing the scenario and demonstrating to viewers how terrible Thanos’ fury will be both during and after the movie. Although it undoubtedly conveyed this menacing message, it also appeared to subtly cast doubt on the events of Thor: Ragnarok, the movie that preceded this almost last installment of the Infinity Saga.

The 2017 film Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, brought the original Thor trilogy to a positive conclusion by showing the people of Asgard eluding Surtur’s wrath and moving forth into the unknown. Soon, this mystery would turn out to be Thanos and a revolting amount of death, as half of Asgard’s surviving population would perish and, like the blood-soaked cherry on top, so would Loki. Once more, this provides an appropriately gloomy beginning to Infinity War, but at the expense of Ragnarok’s main argument. While some moviegoers found this narrative choice unsettling, the majority of them ignored it and enjoyed the remainder of the film without giving it much attention. The decision in this story is tragic.

When the MCU first started, it did well with stand-alone storylines that satisfied their own needs while also dropping hints about future installments. This technique eventually became insufficient to keep up with the franchise’s desire to grow, and as the Infinity Saga came to a close with Infinity War and Endgame, the set-ups took center stage.

Now, both strategies appear to have been dropped as the Multiverse Saga unfolds more uncomfortably. Phases 4 and 5 of the MCU have chosen remarkably self-contained tales, utterly ignoring the overarching narrative that first made the series so successful, to reorient the franchise’s destiny. While there are some great aspects to this perspective, overall it’s a sad conclusion to the franchise’s legendary storytelling run. Nevertheless, this is a long-term decision-making process that will keep changing, so only time will tell if this is the right course for the franchise’s survival.

Death and Rebirth of Loki Were Blessings in Disguise, But Taking Chances May Not Always Pay Off

While fans of the character would be devastated for years to come, there was a glimmer of hope for Tom Hiddleston’s devotees when Loki reappeared in the time-traveling adventures of Avengers: Endgame, making a quick escape with the Tesseract amid the Avengers’ aimless time heist.

This suggested a fascinating future for the character, and whether this was the original aim of the series or not, this one-time event would serve as the impetus for one of the MCU’s greatest successes to yet. As the Time Variance Authority intervened to correct the aberration brought about by Loki’s escape, the Disney+ original series Loki would take advantage of this moment, beginning two seasons of television that many fans consider to be the pinnacle of the contemporary

Following Loki’s 2023 Series Finale, fans have had time to consider the benefits and drawbacks of the narrative decisions that brought the character and the franchise to this point. While the primary plot of Loki’s death in Avengers: Infinity War is still disappointing in the short run, it somehow heightens the significance of the new Loki’s salvation.

At the end of Season 2, Loki assumes the role of Guardian of the Multiverse and the Sacred Timeline, which is a fitting finish to the character arc that both Loki personas have been going through since 2011. Many found this to be the most satisfying ending the franchise has ever seen, making the painful narrative decisions that preceded it worthwhile. Furthermore, there is a great deal of truth in this regarding Loki’s particular character path.

Beyond Loki, however, the problem remains: the MCU was ready and willing to sacrifice a beloved character. While many fans wouldn’t notice the implications of this choice, many would notice the results of similar decisions. As the franchise has moved further and further in many directions at once, its focus was more confusing than ever.

The finest Phase 4 and 5 MCU films, such as the recently released and sadly underappreciated The Marvels, Werewolf by Night, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, have managed to stand alone while simultaneously bringing something new to the franchise. As the franchise enters a new chapter, it will need to mend the rift between the ruling class and the fan base by vowing to stay true to the tales that will be important to fans even as the series progresses.

The MCU’s First Break in the Beginning of a New Era Was Loki’s Death

It takes skill to create a series as expansive and dynamic as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is still astounding how long the franchise has been able to produce consistently good films. Even yet, it was always inevitable that the franchise would falter just a little bit.

It takes skill to create a series as expansive and dynamic as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it is still astounding how long the franchise has been able to produce consistently good films. Even yet, it was always inevitable that the franchise would falter just a little bit.

Even if the MCU continues to have huge hits like Spider-Man: No Way Home and the previously noted mastery of both Loki seasons, it has to shift its focus if it wants to make it through the second half of the decade without losing its reputation. This calls for a deft balance between stand-alone initiatives, broad themes, and ultimate objectives. There is still disagreement about whether the franchise can now pull off this achievement.

The good news is that, in the end, rather than being the last straw, Loki’s demise served as a spark for this new age. At the end of the Infinity Saga and beyond, Infinity War demonstrated to fans that Marvel was prepared to pull off band-aids and show them that the future existed with or without the characters they had grown to love.

These characters’ storylines would not necessarily come to an end even if they were eliminated like Loki was. As demonstrated by Loki, figures that admirers believed had already peaked may be given new significance. Loki’s assumption of the role of God of Stories has cemented this period of the MCU as a location for both the rebirth of beloved characters and the introduction of new ones, especially as the show comes to an end.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, because MCU enthusiasts and its biggest backers can be sure that there will always be a need for superhero media. These stories have endured and are still evolving for a purpose. However, there’s also a reason the MCU first took off so brilliantly:

it was an exception. A unique instance. a new beginning. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest chance is to heal and relaunch, doing things carefully and reestablishing the fan base it has gradually lost. The classic pace that keeps fans excited for the next chapter rather than overwhelmed by how far behind they’ve fallen is all that’s required—reboots are not necessary.

Source: CBR

 

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