Loki Is Bound to Become a Young Avenger Following ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: Here’s How

Loki has had quite the complex narrative arc in the Infinity Saga. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) villain turned hero turned villain turned hero has been a fan-favorite since appearing in the first Thor installment back in 2011. Loki — the God of Mischief — always has a trick up his sleeve and always, always has his best interest in mind. However, when push came to shove in Infinity War, his heroism shined though his villainous tendencies. 

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Tom Hiddleston of Marvel Studios’ ‘Loki’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Based on recent reports, Loki may have a prolonged future in the MCU — following the Disney+ series and Thor: Love and Thunder. However, the identity may exist within a younger man. So, let’s break down how Loki may become a Young Avenger at some point following Endgame. 

Kid Loki is already coming to the MCU 

In the comics, Loki changes his form quite frequently — sometimes donning a female body, and other times taking on an adolescent appearance. Fans already know that Sofia Di Martino of Yesterday and Black Pond will portray the female version of Loki in the Disney+ series; however, what about the child portrayal?

According to We Got This Covered (WGTC) — relying on the same sources who knew Marvel was eyeing Danielle Radcliffe for Moon Knight (prior to the widespread announcement) and that the Inhumans are slated to appear in Ms. Marvel — reported that the studio is planning to introduce a Kid Loki in the Disney+ show. 

While an actor has yet to be confirmed for the role, rumor has it that Kid Loki will also make an appearance in the God of Thunder’s presumed final outing — Thor: Love and Thunder. 

WGTC sources go on to allege that Loki will find himself trapped in his childhood body during the course of the Phase 4 installment. A series of unfortunate events will create an apropos exit for Tom Hiddleston and open the door for a prolonged stay featuring whoever the studio chooses for kid Loki. So, why would kid Loki become a Young Avenger? He’s the God of Mischief. How does this work with his whole shtick?

Loki seems destined to become a ‘Young Avenger’

During the course of the Infinity Saga, Loki undergoes an intense internal journey — coming to confront questions concerning his identity, his place among the Asgardians, etc. Though often working against the heroes to create a world best suited to his desires and interests, he frequently displays brief moments of heroism, instances of vulnerability, and compassion for humankind. 

Thor: Love and Thunder could easily trap Loki in his childhood form; however, who is to say he won’t be the adult on the inside — with all his memories and life realizations intact? Loki may just decide that — aligning with his character development across the years — if he’s going to be stuck as a child, he should play for the good guys with this second chance at life. Loki becoming a full-on good-guy following all the “almost” moments would not be that surprising. The foundation exists, so could it be? Could Loki become a hero?