Avengers: Infinity War begins with a shocking moment. Picking up directly after Thor: Ragnarok, Thanos and the Black Order have invaded Thor’s ship and killed half of his people. And, yes, that eventually includes Loki, who gives Thanos the Tesseract (which contains the Space Stone), before being violently strangled to death.

But is Loki actually dead? There have been some theories suggesting he is alive and well, and we’ve seen set photos from the set of Avengers 4 suggesting he’ll appear in the upcoming film. Whether it’s in a flashback or in the continued battle against Thanos remains unclear.

I watched Avengers: Infinity War again over the weekend and one of Loki’s lines stuck out to me. When he’s about to hand over the Space Stone to Thanos, Thor says, “You really are the worst brother.” To which Loki replies, “I assure you brother, the sun will shine on us again.”

At first, that just seemed like Loki being confident, considering he unleashed Hulk on Thanos shortly after saying that. But I think Loki is a bit more clever than that, as he has shown in the past.

Loki has proven time and time again that he’s the MCU’s most clever and inventive character, using misdirection as a tactic to trick and deceive. In Thor: The Dark World we thought he died, but it was instead one big trick. What if his “death” at the hands of Thanos was just a ploy in a greater plan?

Loki has evolved a lot over the MCU, finally coming around to being a “good” brother, despite his numerous deceptions. Although it looked like he died, him assuring Thor that they’d be in the spotlight together again leads me to believe we haven’t seen the last of Loki.

We’ll find out when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.