It’s been four years since Tom Hiddleston donned his mischievous green to bring his iconic Loki to the big screen in Thor: The Dark World. In June he will do it once more for the third installment in the Thor franchise as filming begins for Thor: Ragnarok.
While this is likely Thor’s last solo film, does this mean it’s the last time we’ll see Loki altogether? Well, that’s a tricky question. Up till now it’s been widely thought that Loki would be included in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, but that might not be the case according to Hiddleston.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast discussing the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok and what he has to look forward to with it, Hiddleston stated, “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.”
Being pressed to explain whether this means he’ll not be included in Avengers: Infinity War, Hiddleston added, ““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.”
The question is, how big of a grain of salt do we take this with? Though not a definitive clue into an actor’s tenure with Marvel, Hiddleston was signed to a six-picture contract with the studio, the same as costars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo. To date Hiddleston has satisfied only three of those (Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World–his deleted cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn’t count towards that quota). A credited appearance in both Infinity War films, following Ragnarok, would satisfy that deal.
Unfortunately this formula doesn’t leave room for a solo Loki film, as many fans are still holding out hope for, but then nothing in Marvel, especially the demise of Loki, is ever written in stone.
Thor: Ragnarok is set for release November 3, 2017 while Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 hits theaters May 4, 2018.
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