Loki has always been a wild card in the MCU. But The Multiverse Saga may have finally uncovered his glorious purpose, and it involves Tony Stark.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed fundamentally since The Avengers traveled through time to stop Thanos. Phase Four has shown the after-effects of their choices which has, in no small part, led to Loki’s role in recreating the multiverse. But even though he was there for its creation, he wasn’t responsible for it. Instead, his part in The Multiverse Saga may be much greater than even he could realize.
In the Loki TV show, the God of Mischief had to rapidly develop in a much shorter amount of time, as this iteration of Loki existed during the time of The Avengers. As a result, he never rekindled his relationship with his brother, Thor, and never sacrificed himself against Thanos. While these events didn’t happen to him, he was given a brand-new mission that may properly explore his glorious purpose. And the result puts him on a collision course with an old adversary –Tony Stark.
Loki Is Already Walking Tony Stark’s Path
From the moment that Loki crash-landed after stealing the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame, his path was already mirroring Tony’s. But rather than be trapped in a cave, he was stuck within the TVA. While in this facility, with no discernable way out, he changed as an individual from being selfish to selfless and determined to do the right thing. But his path would only grow from there as his relationship with Sylvie saw him face issues in a manner that only Tony could.
For example, when the multiverse came to be, Loki was left alone with a warning that Kang was coming. However, no one seemed to be listening to his warning as those he cared about careened for an uncertain fate. In a way, his actions mirrored Tony, who witnessed Earth’s end at Thanos’s hands. However, while Tony knew what he saw felt real, he also knew no one would believe him, leading to the choice that resulted in Ultron and the Sokovia Accords. Similarly, Loki is now the only one aware of the truth, with no means to get anyone to believe a deity notorious for lying.
Loki’s Glorious Purpose Will Involve a Sacrifice
Like Tony, Loki is cursed with knowledge. In fact, the knowledge he’s cursed with might be something he hasn’t discovered yet — his glorious purpose and the reason for its being. Not only must Loki face a Marvel Universe that doesn’t know what’s coming, but he must also face the fact that, for some reason, He Who Remains was also determined to prune every Loki from every timeline. The official reasoning was that every version of Loki is destined to lose, but this may not be entirely true.
Loki’s plans may not have always worked, but each time he succeeded in something, it involved a sacrifice. One example was when he died at the hands of Thanos. While tragic, Loki had to sacrifice himself to give Thor a chance to survive. He may have lost his life, but he played a major role in Thanos’ ultimate defeat. As a result, Loki, given the knowledge of Kang’s conquest and potential defeat, might be the one to sacrifice himself to win the day. Not only would this make him a sacrifice similar to Tony Stark’s, but his heroism would also show that his glorious purpose isn’t to lose but to make the hard choice to save an entire multiverse.