The villains in Marvel movies are usually forgettable, with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki being the exception. Starring as the antagonist in both Thor and The Avengers, the British actor gave us a baddie to savour, with his on-screen chemistry with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor a particular delight.
It was confirmed that, after being left out of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hiddleston would return for Thor: Ragnarok, the third and final entry into the character’s standalone franchise, along with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk.
However, in what can only be interpreted as disappointing news for fans of Marvel and Loki, Hiddleston revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast (via Squareeyed) that this is likely to be his last time portraying the character.
“Thor 3 will be cool because I’ve not done it for four years. I love working with Chris [Hemsworth]. This will be my last time out of the gate.”
So, does Hiddleston’s statement mean that he won’t be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II?
“I don’t know! Honestly, I don’t know. They haven’t got their ducks in a row yet. They make it up as they go along,” he said.
As for Thor: Ragnarok, the actor also spoke with Yahoo! Movies, where he addressed the possibility of Oscar winner Cate Blanchett joining the cast as Hela.
“That would be extraordinary. I don’t know if she’s definitely doing it, but obviously she’s an extraordinary actress. If she’s up for coming to Asgard, that would be interesting. [Ragnarok] is coming around. I saw Chris Hemsworth in Australia. He lives about an hour away from where we were shooting Kong: Skull Island, and he was full of beans about Thor 3.”
What about Captain America: Civil War? Which side would Loki be on, if he were featuring?
“I really enjoy watching it progress in a way. I saw the trailer for Civil War, and I was like ‘Wow’…it has come to this.’ I feel like if Loki was in Civil War, he’d be sitting on the rooftops somewhere going, ‘How marvelous… the children are fighting.’ I’m excited to see it.”
Hiddleston also revealed he gave some advice to old friend Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe later this year when he debuts as the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange.
“He called before he did Doctor Strange. Of course, it has its own challenges which are mostly the sustained stamina of imagination because you’re constantly having to generate responses to things that aren’t physically there in environments which will be enhanced by visual effects. The job is to continue to make it real so the audience believes it when they see it. I think he’s having fun, and what a cast!”