While Thor wasn’t a particularly great or impactful film, it inducted the fantastic actor Tom Hiddleston into the ranks of those who would portray some of the most interesting and influential characters Marvel Comics has to offer. His appearance in Avengers, however, is what resulted in many people considering Loki to be the best villain to appear in a Marvel Studios film, and that hasn’t changed since. So, the news that Hiddleston might be done with the role is, understandably, a little saddening.
In a recent interview, in which Hiddleston talked about some of his upcoming films and projects, he was asked about the upcoming, and presumably last, Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok. When asked about his interest in the film, Hiddleston responded,
“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.”
The last statement is what caught most listeners attention, as there was some speculation that Loki might appear in a more heroic role in the Avengers: Infinity War duelology, set to premier in 2019. When he was further questioned about his potential appearance in those movies, Hiddleston countered,
“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.”
This makes some sense, as the films are to be released in three years and the directors of that project are the same responsible for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film.
While some may be hesitant or sad to see the end of Loki as a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I can’t help but welcome it. We’ve seen what can be done with him in the right hands (i.e. those of Joss Whedon) but also when he’s passed off to less than stellar writers. And, honestly, the Marvel films need to make room for some new and interesting characters, as we’re already seeing a rather large and unwieldy influx of characters to appear in Avengers: Infinity Wars, 68 of them if rumors are to be believed. Let’s just hope Thor: Ragnarok allows Loki to make an exit befitting his character.