During Loki's journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the God of Lies has wavered between villain and hero, depending on the situation. When we last saw Loki in Thor: Ragnarok, he played the role of ally to his brother as they worked together to defeat their sister Hela. But will Loki's altruistic streak continue as they head into Avengers: Infinity War?
The film's first teaser trailer included a scene of Loki walking over unconscious Asgardian refugees and presenting the Tesseract -- which he stole from Asgard before the demon Surtur burned it to the ground -- to someone off screen. The belief was that mystery person was Thanos, which is why the villain is shown later with the blue Space Stone on his Infinity Gauntlet. The newest trailer for Infinity War seems to offer confirmation of that theory, as Loki is seen standing among Thanos' Black Order (Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Corvus Glaive and Cull Obsidian), and the following shot shows Thanos breaking the Tesseract with his bare hand to reveal the Space Stone hidden inside it.
So having now seen Loki standing with the Black Order, are we to believe he's sided with the murderous group? Loki has been known to switch his loyalties in the past, depending on what best suits his needs in the moment. If Thanos and the Black Order invade the Asgardian ship in their hunt for the Infinity Stone, then instead of putting up a fight, it would be far more strategic for Loki to willingly hand over the Stone.
One piece of evidence point to this scenario comes from the image above. Pay close attention to where Proxima Midnight is pointing her weapon -- it sure looks like it's aimed directly at Loki's head. Perhaps the Black Order uses aggressive force in making Loki forfeit the Tesseract, which again begs the question of whose side Loki is really on.
Even if Loki begins Infinity War with the Black Order, it's not out of the realm of possibility for him to side with the Avengers near the film's climax. We saw a similar turn play out in 2013's Thor: The Dark World, where he began the film in prison, only to be released later and team with Thor (see a pattern forming here?) against Malekith. Though we don't see Loki in either Wakanda or the planet Titan, it doesn't mean he's not there. Marvel Studios may simply be holding back that potential footage back for fear of giving too much of the film away.
Loki has gone through quite a journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Infinity War could very well see his character arc finally come to a close with his death. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised that not everyone will survive the events of the film, and it would make sense to bring Loki's story to a close in heroic fashion, helping our heroes stand up to Thanos by sacrificing his life for real this time. If so, then the God of Mischief may have one last trick up his sleeve.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 27.