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In Marvel's What If... series Episode 7 we see Thor who pretty much looks like his live action version, whereas Loki very much does not. Rather this Loki looks like other Frost Giants from Thor (2011) - blue and more than double the average human height.

What's the deal with Loki's appearance? Why does he look like a Frost Giant when live-action Loki looked human?

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At the start of the What If... episode, we learn that Odin never took Loki from Jotunheim, instead returning him to Laufey, whereas in the live-action film Thor, he appears to be using some sort of magical spell to convert Loki from a Frost Giant baby into an Asgardian baby.

The taller blue Loki is what he would have grown into without Odin's intervention.

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  • But he was abandoned because he was a runt. So this explains why he's blue, but not why he's big.
    – OrangeDog
    Sep 29 at 19:48
  • @OrangeDog - I assume he ate his vitamins and worked out. He's quite buff.
    – Valorum
    Sep 29 at 19:57
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    @OrangeDog - We really only have Odin's word for it. “In the aftermath of the battle, I went into the temple, and I found a baby. Small for a giant’s offspring—abandoned, suffering, left to die. Laufey’s son.” - It's not really clear whether and why Loki was abandoned. His mother may simply have been killed in the battle or he was placed somewhere for safekeeping. We also only have Odin's word (coloured by his perception of himself as the hero in this little melodrama) that poor Loki was small and runty when he may have been perfectly normal sized for his age and race.
    – Valorum
    Sep 29 at 20:13

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