Avengers Infinity War’s beginning saw Thanos aboard the Asgardian’s ship, with Thor captured. But after the Mad Titan overpowered Hulk, Heimdall sent the big green Avenger back to Earth using the Bifrost. And now a popular new fan theory has argued why Idris Elba’s gatekeeper between worlds chose Hulk rather than Thor or Loki.
Reddit user BookerTea3 wrote: “Loki was never an option – I mean, seriously he may have pulled his weight at the end of Ragnarok, but he had tricked Odin into banishment as well as holding two Infinity Gems in the original film and attacking Midgard.
“He has constantly been a thorn in Asgard’s side and is known as a trickster throughout the cosmos.
“He is NOT to be trusted. Even Dr Strange dispatched him in Ragnarok, without even talking to him.
“He would probably do the same again (bearing in mind last time he saw Loki, he tried to kill Strange).”
On Thor, they continued: “I don’t think Thor would ever have forgiven him.
“If Heimdall had sent Thor away when there is any chance of him saving another Asgardian, Thor would have felt that dishonour of leaving his brother, his friend, his countryman.
“Especially as he and Heimdall are the only sworn protectors of Asgard left.
“As an Asgardian, they do not run when there is any chance they could have saved their citizens.”
Despite Loki’s death in the opening scene, Tom Hiddleston returned as the god of mischief in Avengers Endgame.
However, this was an alternate past version of Loki from 2012 who managed to escape New York – thanks to the Tesseract – before his imprisonment in Thor: The Dark World.
Meanwhile, Smart Hulk will hopefully return for Disney+ show She-Hulk and other MCU Phase 4 adventures.
And then there’s Thor himself, who left Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy in the concluding scenes of Avengers Endgame.
But before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 takes place, Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian god will star in Thor: Love and Thunder opposite Natalie Portman.
But this time her Jane Foster is found worthy of lifting Mjölnir and becomes The Mighty Thor.
Presumably, this movie is set in an another reality and no doubt the pre-redemption Loki will show up too.
Thor: Love and Thunder is released in UK cinemas on February 11, 2022.