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During Thor's interrogation, Agent Coulson exits the room and Loki enters and informs him that his father Odin had passed away and that he cannot undo his banishment. Not only does he communicate with Thor, but he goes to the area where Mjölnir is embedded in the rock and attempts to lift it, with SHIELD scientists and agents completely oblivious to his presence.

Loki shows a similar ability when he converses with 'The Other' and when he manipulates Erik Selvig. Is this a part of Loki's illusion powers or another one of his abilities that has not been addressed? How was he able to visit Earth without using the Bifrost?

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    Two words explains most of this... "Loki cheats" – Falsenames Mar 18 '15 at 23:26
  • @Falsenames - In this instance, it's likely that he travelled legitimately but then cheated once he got there. – Valorum Jun 30 at 11:50
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Loki in the canon Marvel-Earth 616 possesses a wide array of both physical abilities and magical abilities which make him a force to be reckoned with in both Midgard and Asgard.

As far as him getting around Asgard and the Nine Realms without the Bifrost: He doesn't need it.

  • The Realm Eternal has many places within it which offer transit to other realms within the Nine Realms. These act as portals between realms that do not require the Bifrost to utilize. They are hidden from most eyes and only due to his extensive travel of Asgard does Loki know of them.

Apocrypha (from old comic lore, now revised for the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

  • Early maps of Asgard showed the portals that connected its different realms as a single contiguous map with the Rainbow Bridge being the only permanent portal to Earth.

  • The Asgardian "supercontinent" was really a multi-dimensional land mass connected by portals allowing Asgardians (and visitors from other realms) to visit each other.

  • Epic tales described the relationships between the realms as able to be walked and groups met, waged war, treated and traded. Young Thor and Loki adventured in all of these places traveling solely by horse (and portal)

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As far as his telepathic and many magical abilities:

  • He possesses the power to project his mind across any number of the Nine Worlds and communicate telepathically with his vassals or even minds not associated with his own.

Psionics: Loki has demonstrated powerful psionic capabilities, the full limits of which aren't known. He has demonstrated the ability to project his thoughts telepathically across great distances as well as potent hypnotic capabilities. He is able to communicate with beings telepathically, though his ability to do so is greater with beings that serve him.

  • As a sorcerer of the first order, he is also capable of astral projection, which allows him to separate his body from his spirit and travel the astral planes which connect all of the Nine Realms together.

Astral projection (or astral travel) is a paranormal interpretation of an out-of-body experience achieved either awake or via lucid dreaming or deep meditation. The concept of astral projection assumes the existence of another body, separate from the physical body and capable of traveling to non-physical planes of existence. Commonly such planes are called astral, etheric, or spiritual. Astral projection is often experienced as the spirit or astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the spirit world or astral plane. Often used as a form of telepathic ability or magic power.

Loki in the Cinematic Universe

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki appears to possess similar physical durability, mental capabilities and magical prowess as his canon comic counterpart.

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    This answer appears to be incorrect. While Loki did indeed use a 'back door' to get the Ice Giants to Asgard, on his trip to Earth and Jotunheim he was aided by Heimdall, hence it's much more likely that he travelled by Bifrost. – Valorum Jun 26 at 10:00
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It's revealed in Thor 2 that Loki maintains a number of "back doors" into other realms so that he doesn't have to rely on the Bifrost to cross between worlds. This accounts for his physical travel, but the last two examples you list appear to be some form of astral projection allowing him to communicate across great distances without physically being there.

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    It's actually revealed in Thor, as Loki (off-screen) used one of these cross-realm passages to sneak the Frost Giants into Asgard early in the film. – user1027 Apr 7 '14 at 23:50
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    While this answer isn't untrue (per se), on his trip to Earth and Jotunheim he was aided by Heimdall, hence it's much more likely that he travelled by Bifrost, not via a secret passage – Valorum Jun 26 at 10:58
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He did use the bifrost.

We cannot know for sure, but it seems Loki did use the bifrost in this instant - he just disguised himself so as to prevent Heimdall from seeing him.

My reasoning is as follows: later on Loki visits the land of the frost giants, and we see him return using the bifrost. He sees Heimdall (who must have opened it for him), and Heimdall points out that he couldn't see what he was doing or hear what he was saying. It seems reasonable to me to assume the same thing happened beforehand on Earth: Loki got there and returned using bifrost, but just didn't let Heimdall see him.

EDIT: Valorum points out that the novelization of the film supports this answer. See a quote in the comments.

EDIT 2" I should add that it is also true (as other answers have pointed out) that Loki can move around worlds without the bifrost, and this has been established in the film (it was him who sneaked a few Frost Giants into Asgard). It is just that it seems he did happen to have used it on this occasion.

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  • You are correct, sir. This also ties in with a recent answer that I posted referencing the novel and script. You might want to grab some of the quotes from it for this answer. – Valorum Jun 26 at 9:57
  • @Valorum That would be great. Would you like to add the quotes? I did not find them in your recent Marvel answer. – Wade Jun 26 at 10:01
  • I was thinking of this: 96 INT. HEIMDALL'S OBSERVATORY - DAY 96: Loki emerges out of the Bifrost, as Heimdall steps away from his controls. Heimdall glares at Loki. Loki notices. - Heimdall isn't surprised that Loki is on Jotunheim, hence must have known how he got there (e.g. by Bifrost). It follows that his trip to Earth was also likely to have been via a legitimate connection unless there's a time gap we don't see where he traveled to Earth (and back) by a secret method and then went to Heimdall to transport him to Jotunheim using the bifrost. Why would he do that? – Valorum Jun 26 at 10:06
  • @Valorum Super, I edited my answer. – Wade Jun 26 at 10:13

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