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*Needless to say there will be SPOILERS! for Thor Ragnarok in this article, so read at your own risk.*
In Thor Ragnarok we learn that the villainess,Hela, goddess of death, is actually the first born daughter of Odin, the older sister of Thor, and the older adoptive sister of Loki. But what if she is more to Loki than his adopted sister? What if she is his mother?
Before you argue, saying, “If she’s his mother why wasn’t it mentioned in the movie?” Well I will get to that in a second, but first let’s review the case for Hela potentially being Loki’s mother.
First of al,l we know Loki was essentially kidnapped as a baby from Jotunheim by Odin after being abandoned by his father King Laufey of the Frost Giants. No mention is made of who his mother is and you could probably surmise that it is Queen Farbauti like in the comics, but what if the reason Odin took Loki from Jotunheim is that he knew he was the result of a tryst between his daughter, Hela, who had recently attempted to escape her banishment to Hel and one of his greatest enemies. It would make sound sense for him to take the baby and hide him from both his parents.
As for why Hela didn’t recognize Loki as her son, it could do to two factors. Firstly, she would probably think he was dead, perhaps even being told so by Laufey, who abandoned Loki after he was too small to pass for a Frost Giant and not wanting to break his peace with Odin should he discover the child and the fact he had conspired with Hela to possibly take down Odin.
Secondly, if Odin discovered the child and knew of his origins he would go to great lengths to hide him from Hela, maybe even magical lengths. We already know Odin has no qualms about lying and keeping secrets, so this could just be another one of the skeletons in his closet.
To back this up Hela and Loki even look a little similar. They both have black hair, they both are skinny and a little bit pale and they both appear to have a similar ability to alter their appearance. Also, having half-Asgardian blood could explain why Loki never looks predominately like a frost giant.
While maybe not the most compelling evidence it does point to the distinct possibility of Loki being related to Thor and Odin after all.
“But why wasn’t this revealed or even mentioned in the movie?” You may ask. Well, for starters only Odin would have known the truth like I said and while perhaps Hela suspected it she was too bent on conquest to really worry about a family reunion.
I think Loki’s connection to Hela wasn’t addressed because, despite her demise, Hela might still play a role in the MCU.
What if, besides Odin, there is another who also knows the truth about Loki. What if that person was Thanos.
“But why would Thanos keep it a secret?”Because it wouldn’t be beneficial to reveal it to Loki until the time was right, and I think that time is the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War.
In the comics, Thanos acquires the infinity stones out of love for the personification of Death, but perhaps in the MCU he is after something different, the freedom of his true love Hela, the goddess of Death.(Her love affair with Thanos and the fact he most likely has the Infinity Gauntlet already could explain how she knew the one on Asgard was a fake) Unfortunately, she already freed herself and was subsequent destroyed, along with Asgard, her source of power. So now Thanos has to use the Infinity Stones to resurrected his love and restore Asgard.
So how would Loki fit in? We already know he stole the Tesseract(an Infinity Stone, lest you forget) from Asgard before it’s destruction and for the looks of things in the end credits scene Thanos has found Loki and the Tesseract along with all the survivors of Asgard. If Thanos were to reveal Loki’s true parentage it would drive yet another wedge between Loki and Thor and perhaps convince Loki to both hand over the Tesseract and join Thanos to resurrect his mother.
Anyways, that’s just a theory I have. Let me know what you think. Do you think Hela could be Loki’s mother?