One Of Avengers: Infinity War’s Fake Scripts Had Loki Surviving

Loki handing the tesseract to Thanos

Despite arriving in theaters back in April, the events of Avengers: Infinity War are still being felt throughout the MCU, and the movie world as we know it. The Russo Brothers crafted an emotional and epic story, servicing tons of characters in the process. Josh Brolin's Thanos killed countless fan favorites, and the stakes got really high when he murdered Tom Hiddleston's Loki in the opening sequence.

But not everyone got the memo that Loki was going to perish. Mostly because the folks behind Infinity War put fake scripts out there, which helped to protect the blockbuster's myriad secrets. One had Loki escaping the Asgardian ship, as The Russo Brothers recently explained:

We created a version of the script where Loki would get away in an escape pod at the beginning of the movie. When we started shooting that particular sequence, we had crew members who were thoroughly confused. We had to let them know that those were fake versions of the script that they read.

Well, that's one way to avoid spoilers. Multiple scripts put each one into question. So if the real events of Infinity War got leaked, there'd be no telling which script was fake, and which was genuine. And it worked, because Infinity War had countless unexpected twists and turns.

The Russo Brothers' new comments come from the new book The Art of Avengers: Infinity War (via Screen Rant) where various members of the production team open up about the process of crafting the third Avengers flick. There were a ton of balls in the air, and it seemed almost impossible to use every character properly. This includes Loki, who was arguably the most fascinating Marvel villain before Thanos arrived on the scene.

Unfortunately for the God of Mischief, he didn't end up escaping from a pod and making his way to Earth for the battles in Wakanda or New York. Instead, Loki ended up making one more play at power and survival-- hopefully saving both his brother and the galaxy in the process. After handing over the tesseract to Thanos, he tried to assassinate the Mad Titan.

But Thanos wasn't going to be killed that easily, or killed at all, during Avengers: Infinity War. Quite a few characters nearly ended it, with Loki, Gamora, and Thor all making strong attempts at Thanos' life. But the power of the Infinity Stones proved the endless macguffin, especially once he got his hands on the Time Stone.

Of course, there are still plenty of theories claiming that Loki might not be dead. He was the god of mischief, so perhaps it was just a projection of the character? The Thor franchise got new life with Ragnarok, so perhaps Tom Hiddleston will want to stick around.

Marvel fans will learn more when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.