Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) have never been an example of your traditional brotherly relationship.
With Loki’s extreme jealousy leading him to threaten Thor’s life on numerous occasions, he doesn’t exactly strike you as the kind of brother you can rely on when things get tough. And yet, that’s exactly what Thor does! And this October's Thor: Ragnarok sees the warring (half) siblings form another uneasy alliance.
Much to the confusion of Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), when Asgard is in grave danger at the hands of Hela (Cate Blanchett), Thor reaches out to his estranged brother in a bid to save his people from total devastation.
So what exactly is it that makes Thor think Loki can be trusted? From the short glimpses we’ve seen in the trailer we’re beyond excited to see Loki on the same side as Thor for a change, and here’s why…
The mind of a villain
When your very future is in danger at the hands of a dangerous super-villain, you need all the help you can get. Thor already has Hulk and warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) on hand, but getting Loki to join the team gives him an added edge.
Loki was/is a villain, meaning that he may hold a better understanding on how to defeat Hela. He’s already proven his skills in the name of evil, so now it’s time to prove what good he can do. And if all else fails, at least having him in sight at all times should prevent him from turning to the side of evil, right?
Bonding with Hulk?
Loki and Hulk have had little interaction so far, but when they have it certainly hasn’t been friendly. Remember the hilarious smackdown the latter gave to the former in Avengers Assemble?
Banner certainly doesn’t seem optimistic to start with but is there a chance they’ll get along? After all, they’re both working on the same side now, it would be better for the team if everyone got along.
We’re sure Thor doesn’t want his own Civil War experience with the future of Asgard at stake. Oh and if Hulk/Loki friendship is too much to ask for, could we maybe get a repeat of this instead?
Second time lucky
Thor’s last attempt at teaming up with Loki in The Dark World did not end well, but with much more at stake this time around will Loki see the error of his ways? We feel like he’d love to be viewed as a hero for once in his life, even if he does have to appease his brother in order to do so.
With the combined strength of the four team members we truly believe that they have what it takes to defeat Hela and save Asgard, and surely Loki wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize that? And besides, just look how happy they look working as a team.
Setting up the future
With so many characters appearing in Infinity War next year it seems impossible to keep track, but rumour has it that Loki will be playing a significant role in the film.
If this is the case, it seems fair to assume that the outcome of his actions in Ragnarok will dictate his role in Infinity War. So whether Loki remains good or reverts back to his old ways, we’re confident that he will prove to be as complicated as ever.
It’s pretty simple, really. Loki is by far one of the most intriguing characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Thor: The Dark World just left us with too many unanswered questions.
Given that was the last time Loki appeared on our screens (way back in 2013), in the body of Odin no less, just what sort of games has he been up to since then? Hopefully we’ll get the answers to all of this and more when he arrives back on our screens. Is it October yet?
Hannah Dixon is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.