Loki Willingly Gave Up His Life in Infinity War For Thor’s Sake and We Finally Know Why — Theory

An intriguing theory talks about why Loki tried to fight Thanos with a simple knife in Avengers: Infinity War.

Loki Willingly Gave Up His Life in Infinity War For Thor’s Sake and We Finally Know Why — Theory


  • Asgardian rituals suggest that death strengthens family members, suggesting Loki sacrificed himself in Infinity War to strengthen Thor against Thanos.
  • When the God of Mischief died, Thor found more strength to be called equal to Thanos.
  • Loki's interest in magic likely led him to be aware of the Asgardian theory, which may have motivated him to willingly sacrifice his life.
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It has been 5 years since Tom Hiddleston’s Loki gave his life to Josh Brolin’s Thanos at the start of the 2018 movie, Avengers: Infinity War. With how heartbreaking the scene was, fans are still trying to puzzle out why Loki had to die.


Well, there is quite an interesting answer to this question. Seated deep into the heart of Asgardian rituals and family, it seems that whoever dies, strengthens his family member during the process. Therefore, it could be a possibility that Loki sacrificed himself to strengthen Thor against the Mad Titan!

Thanos kills Loki in Avengers: Infinity War.
Thanos kills Loki in Avengers: Infinity War.

Loki Gave His Life Willingly To Thanos For Thor!

In 2018, Loki and Thor escaped on the spaceship from a destroyed Asgard. With Avengers: Infinity War setting off the grim tone by killing Loki at the beginning of the movie in front of Thor, fans immediately knew that things were serious now.


Running forward with a dagger in hand, fans weren’t sure at first why Loki would do something like this. Marking it off as a desperate attempt to kill Thanos, people didn’t actually think anything of the death. Well, a theory is currently circulating around the world and it kind of explains why the God of Stories did what he did!

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Avengers: Infinity War

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As per the theory, whenever an Asgardian dies, the person they love gets strengthened. Proofs of this theory are quite evident in the world of MCU as when Frigga died, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki became more powerful. When Odin died, Thor gained higher powers. And finally, when the God of Mischief died, Thor found even more strength to be called equal to Thanos.


Since Loki delved into magic, he probably knew about this Asgardian theory and it could be a very possible reason that he willingly sacrificed his life…to give his strength to Thor. Running with a knife aimed at Thanos was indeed a bad move but considering the intelligence of the God of Stories, we are pretty sure that he had his reasons and this theory indeed works.

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How Loki Teased Director Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese doesn't consider the MCU to be cinema!
Martin Scorsese doesn’t consider the MCU to be cinema!

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Over the recent years, veteran director Martin Scorsese has waged a war against the MCU by not calling it “cinema”. To reply kindly to the insult, in the second episode of Loki, fans get to see Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter X-5 / Brad Wolfe (Rafael Casal) talk about Mobius’ movie Zaniac.

Brad Wolfe defends the movie by saying that it’s an “elevated thriller” and “it’s cinema. Thank you very much,” which is quite a reply to the veteran director. The director of the MCU series confirmed in an interview with ComicBook that the scene was indeed improvised.

“We had Owen and Rafael there that day and were shooting that scene last, and they had the entire day to play,” adding, “So I had first take, I’m like, ‘Alright, let’s do it straight. Let’s do what we talked about.’ Then the second take, ‘Let’s amp it up.’ And then the third take, I was like, ‘Alright, go for it.’ And it was just Owen and Rafael just tag teaming off each other.”

With a high rating to its name, the MCU series currently stands at a rating of 8.2/10 on IMDB and 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. The second season of Loki has been highly praised by the world and is currently available to stream on Disney+.


Written by Visarg Acharya

Articles Published: 2023

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.