As far as Loki is concerned, the character has, mostly thanks to Tom Hiddleston’s amazing portrayal within the MCU, become extremely popular in recent years. The Asgardian God of Tricks is one of Marvel’s most famous and best-known anti-heroes and there is a whole series of reasons why one should talk (or, in this case, write) about Loki. Seeing how important he is and how big his modern-day legacy is, I have decided to dedicate today’s article to Loki and his many lives and deaths in both the comic books and the movies!
In the comic books, Loki has “died” on multiple occasions, but practically all of these deaths have been either fake or just temporary. In the movies, he has “died” a total of three times, all of which also seem to be either fake or just temporary.
In today’s article, I am going to chronicle the many deaths of Loki. You are going to find out when and how he died in the comic books, as well as the movies that are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The list is, of course, going to be quite entertaining, so I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Loki’s deaths in the comic books
In this section, I am going to give you a list of comic book events in which Loki (supposedly) died. You’re going to find out the circumstances of each of those situations and some additional information:
- Being incinerated by Sentry
The original Lokie died after being incinerated by Sentry, Norman Osborn’s golden guardian. Namely, when Asgard was relocated to Oklahoma and targeted by Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R. organization, Loki initially sided with the villain. Sometime later, his conscience woke up and he decided to betray him, secretly helping Asgard, his home. When Osborn found out, he sent Sentry after Loki and although it seemed that Loki had died, Loki, as Kid Loki, Ikol, and King Loki would emerge soon afterward.
- Killed by Gorr
During his fight against Thor at the end of time, Loki accidentally revived the late Gorr, the God Butcher, from the All-Black. King Loki soon realized his mistake and helped Thor defeat Gorr, only to be killed by the latter during the fight. Thor would eventually defeat Gorr, but he thereby hastened the end of the universe. However, Earth still lived for the time being, and Thor’s granddaughters, the Daughters of Thunder, were still alive to watch over Earth.
- End of the Endless Cycle
At one point, Thor discovered the truth behind the Endless Cycle of Ragnarok, controlled by Those Who Sit Above In Shadow. Thor destroyed the Loom of Fates and seemingly killed Those Who Sit Above In Shadow. This, however, meant the end of the Aesir for a time, Loki included. However, Thor later returned and resurrected the other Asgardians on Earth. This included Loki, who now took the form of a woman, known as Lady Loki.
- Being eaten by his own father
Loki was a member of the Dark Council, a coalition from across the Ten Realms intent on destroying Asgard and Midgard, for a while. The Council was headed by Malekith and also included Loki’s father, Laufey. Loki would, of course, betray the council at one point, to which Laufey retaliated by eating him, his own son. However, Loki was able to escape through sorcery and the sword of Heimdall, and he carved his way out of Laufey’s abdomen.
- Dying in the Void
When the Final Incursion wiped the final universes from existence, Loki and King Loki managed to survive in the void that was left after the event. The younger Loki then absorbed the older King Loki into his scepter, and he used a spell to fast-forward time, thus arriving right after Mister Fantastic and Molecule Man were able to restore the multiverse, ultimately surviving the destruction of the universe.
- Helping the Dark Celestials
When the Dark Celestials, the Final Host of Celestials, invaded Earth, Loki helped form a new team of Avengers. Although his actions during this storyline were quite confusing, he was ultimately punished by the Celestials for his role in it, only to be saved by a Phoenix-possessed Wolverine in the end.
- Ikol destroyed Kid Loki
At one point in the storyline, Kid Loki had become a conduit for the Fear Crown, created by a group called the Fear Lords, which the real Loki used to be a part of. Now, in order to destroy the Fear Crown, one had to destroy Kid Loki along with it. To achieve his goal in the situation, Ikol laid out a plan for Kid Loki: he would take over Kid Loki’s body, thus becoming him but killing Kid Loki in the process. Kid Loki accepted, but he wasn’t overjoyed.
Loki’s deaths in the movies
This section is going to bring you Loki’s (supposed) deaths within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so let us immediately begin with the analysis:
His first on-screen death happened in his debut appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the movie Thor. During the movie’s ending, Loki seemingly commits suicide, only for it to be revealed later that he has survived. He went on to contact Thanos and soon landed on Earth, where he manipulated one of the principal scientists connected to Thor.
- Thor: The Dark World
In his second on-screen death, Loki seemingly dies from a serious stab wound, only for it to be revealed later that he actually faked his own death, surviving the whole incident, proceeding to return to Asgard disguised as a soldier. He went on to usurp Odin by disguising himself as the latter and banishing the real Odin to Earth.
- Avengers: Infinity War
In the penultimate movie of the Infinity Saga, Loki seems to die for good, after being choked by Thanos. Loki actually tried to kill the Mad Titan and do a good deed, but it ended with Thanos killing him on the spot. Permanently? Knowing Loki, he’ll certainly find a way to do get back-.