There’s a practical reason for why the “Loki” series premiere opens with the character’s time heist escape in “Avengers: Endgame.” By starting with the scene, the Disney+ series casually reminds Marvel Cinematic Universe fans how (and where) “Loki” even exists in the greater MCU timeline. It also works to explain how the character — despite dying tragically in the opening of “Avengers: Infinity War” — still gets to be at the center of a Disney+ series about him. It’s a useful place for the “Loki” premiere to begin, and allows the episode to neatly transition to its lead character’s arrest at the hands of the TVA.
That said, the opening scene of the “Loki” premiere isn’t just a shortened version of the character’s escape in “Avengers: Endgame.” Rather, there are a handful of small changes and differences scattered throughout the episode’s “Endgame” sequence, including cuts to completely different shots and angles that weren’t featured in the original version. While that may seem strange at first, it turns out that there’s a logical explanation for why the God of Mischief’s escape in “Loki” is shown a little differently than it was in “Avengers: Endgame.”
According to the director behind the Disney+ series, it all has to do with a matter of perspective.