WARNING: SPOILERS, in case you’ve been under a rock.
Endgame lived up to my expectations, but not my predictions. I predicted Loki would kill Thanos. Nope. Raise a hamburger in loving memory, RIP Tony.
However, I would like to propose that Loki is more than alive and well. I’d like to weave two personal theories together, not to be too strictly interpreted. It’s a pattern, more than evidence of historical errors. The first, that the Norse hid their god of war, in plain sight by calling that one “mischief” and the second, that Loki was impersonating Captain America for most of Endgame.
1)The Norse God of Mischief
I’m not here to spin tales of mythology. I was a military intelligence analyst. I’m noticing a pattern in the gods of old, most cultures had a god of war. Of all the cultures to not have one, the Norse stand out. While having a cultural ethic of glorifying and excelling at warfare, their lore passes the war duties around through the tales. While one can make the case for Tyr, Odin, and/or Thor, I am making the case for Loki.
-Loki is only painted a a merchant of chaos and his cunning is rarely portrayed as brave or inspiring, beyond a catalyst for change. The chaos merchant in the American military is Murphy. Always hindering the mission with all the random acts that 3-dimensional space has to offer being attributed to this magical fellow. The Art of War by Sun Tzu is a manual in strategic application of force by means of deception, as if the MCU Loki is constantly seeking the higher and more deadly ‘game’.
-Loki has three children: Fenrir, Jörmungandr, and Hel.
The wolf Fenrir, the dog of war that kills Odin.(The sword)
The serpent Jörmungandr, that protects the world. (The shield)
The female being Hel, her name meaning “hidden”. (Death herself)
All warfare is based on deception and I think the Norse hid their God of War in plain sight under the guise of mislabeling his true gift but leaving every other clue, as if to say “If you are so dumb that you can’t see who’s who, we might be doing you a favor”.
2) Endgame: Loki and Cap’n
There are 3 relevant scene to Endgame that detail this thesis:
A) Captain America says “Hail Hydra” and steals scepter.
B) Loki steals tessaract and escapes.
C) Captain America fights and uses scepter on Captain America
This thesis states that scenes A and B are deceptive. If A/B/C, then Loki was shackled during A and couldn’t steal the scepter.
If the viewer was deceived by a sequence of events shown just slightly out of order, B/A/C, then:
-Avengers Captain America would not have Hydra information to commit the act, but Endgame Cap would. Loki also would have this information. (“Hail Hydra.”)
-Loki had just impersonated Cap in the Avengers end scene. His illusion portrays Endgame Cap more than Avengers Captain America. (“I’ll have that drink now.”)
-Cap says “I have eyes on Loki.”, the assumption is that this was Avengers Captain America and Endgame Cap. I’m submitting it’s Loki and Avengers Captain America.
-Endgame Cap uses the scepter on Avengers Captain America. How? This is Loki and Endgame Cap.
-The scepter is the Mind Stone. It may have had a chat with Loki about the gravity of the circumstances.
After that, Tony talks to his Dad and the focus shifts off action and onto drama. Black Widow dies and there’s no other anomalies until the final scene.
-Endgame Cap steals Pym particles, because reasons.
Endgame Final Battle:
-Endgame Cap picks up hammer (Yes, possible foreshadowing in Age of Ultron hammer contest)
-Thor Says “I KNEW IT!” (He’s seen this trick before…)
-Thor says “Take the little one.” (Little brother…)
-Endgame Cap throws lightning: 5 characters in MCU lifted hammer: Odin, Thor, Hella, Vision, and Loki/Endgame Cap. The Mind Stone in a superbot, ok. The others are all in the same family, OR Endgame Cap.
Endgame Post Victory:
-Endgame Cap goes back in time with the hammer and the stones. Returns with shield and without hammer.
Assuming the sequence B/A/C, Loki escapes and steals tessaract. He then steals scepter from his Hydra accomplices. Fights and zonks Endgame Cap with scepter, leaving him in Avengers for the rest of the film. He then assumes that role and selflessly performs that which is needed, as he did in the opening scene of Infinity War. His ascension to Norse God of War follows his brothers, similar, ascension to God of Thunder, from the ever giggly God of Hammers. In doing so is permitted to use the family heirloom, that works off space magic.
Loki then returns from Endgame to Avengers, with the hammer and stones, to assist Endgame Cap back to the 40’s with the stolen Pym particles. The hammer is his de facto hall pass/credibility with Cap. Cap returns with shield and tells no one of his trip, without a hammer or stones. This is all set in the Avengers final scene, with a Redford cameo sent from Winter Soldier, during a Loki escape, and fight scene, before a split getaway, one forward in time and one back. It feels like it was crafted by the crafty; I approve.
Have another look, at history and at Endgame. The deception seems pretty clear to me.