Loki has a pretty extensive history with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The God of Lies' devious actions led to Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp assembling in The Avengers #1 back in 1963, and has tormented the team and the Marvel Universe ever since.
Though Loki has tried his hand at doing what's right, he always falls back into the role of trickster. This seems to be the case in a preview for writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness' Avengers #2, part of Marvel's "Fresh Start" initiative. The publisher's Big 3 of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor are finally back together again, charging into battle to face gigantic Celestials falling from the sky.
However, while the appearance of these Celestials may seem random, we actually have Loki to thank (or blame) for putting the space gods into play, resulting in his actions leading to the formation of yet another Avengers team.
The Final Host Is Coming
The preview pages for Avengers #2 show Loki narrating in the background as he catches readers up on how he's manipulated events. You see, the Celestial Final Host has come to claim the Earth, after their brother -- the Fallen Celestial -- was killed over a million years ago by Odin and the 1,000,000 BC Avengers. Of course, the beginning of that particular tale took place in Marvel Legacy #1, before jumping to the present-day with Loki uncovering the Fallen Celestial's buried body.
For some unknown reason, Loki has used the Fallen Celestial as a pawn to bring the Final Host to Earth, which has the planet's defenders scrambling to put out the cosmic fire. While Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Captain Marvel look to introduce themselves to the Celestials on land and in space, alien bugs attack Black Panther and Doctor Strange under the planet's surface, and Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider on the streets of Los Angeles, California.
Another piece of the Loki puzzle was revealed in Marvel's Free Comic Book Day 2018: Avengers/Captain America #1, when Loki brought his revived Celestial puppet to Old Asgard to meet Odin -- one of the 1,000,000 BC Avengers responsible for its death. The prehistoric Avengers share just as much blame as Loki for the events transpiring in Aaron and McGuinness' run, though we know the heroes were only trying to save Earth. Loki, on the other hand, has machinations known only to him.
Aaron's relaunch of Thor with artist Mike del Mundo will be another "Fresh Start" title worth monitoring to learn more of Loki's grand plan. It can be hard to get a read on exactly what Loki has up his conniving sleeves. One minute he's playing puppetmaster, the next he's calling himself Loki the Lifebringer after bringing the Fallen Celestial back to life. Of course, after being responsible for this new Avengers team assembling, Marvel might as well proclaim Loki an honorary member.