Marvel is just a surprise factory these days. Following its massive reveal for upcoming movies between now and 2019 – actor Idris Elba let another colossal bit of news slip this week. Both he and fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston will reprise their roles in the upcoming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as Heimdall and Loki respectively.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Elba revealed both his and Hiddleston’s involvement in the upcoming sequel, which was likely supposed to be a secret.
“I’m in ‘Avengers,’” he said. “And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth [Thor] and Tom Hidleston [Loki], and they’re like, [whispers] – ‘Aren’t you [meant to be] in Ibiza?’”
IMDB confirms both actors will have a credit in the "Avengers 2", despite Joss Whedon saying specifically that Loki would not make an appearance. It’s worth noting that the size of either role is still unknown. However, Loki's infamous staff can be seen at the end of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and in the extended trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” so who knows?
That’s not all the news for Hiddleston. In a report from Digital Spy (which, unfortunately, is no longer available) Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige allegedly confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most compelling bad guy will play a major role in the third “Thor” film as well as both parts of “The Avengers: Infinity War.” This isn’t altogether surprising given the character’s position the last time fans saw him. Loki was sitting on the throne of Asgad disguised as his father Odin. According to Screen Crush, in “Thor: Ragnarok” Loki will release several villains from prison and kickstart the total anarchy that his character has become known for. Meanwhile, in “Avengers: Infinity War” the character Thanos has been confirmed as the villain. This is the same bad guy that promised Loki a severe punishment if he failed to conquer Earth in the first “Avengers” film (spoiler alert, he failed). IMDB has yet to confirm these roles and the original report with Feige’s confirmation seems to have been removed.
At this point it’s worth asking why Marvel insists on putting this villain, who has now co-starred in three films, into the fold so much? One possible answer is simply that he’s just that good. Hiddleston originally auditioned or the role of Thor. However, the casting directors said that, although he did a fantastic job, he was much better suited for the role of Loki. Rolling Stone notes that, until the first “Thor,” the villains in Marvel movies had been mostly flat, almost generic baddies. Hiddleston brought a real seriousness and depth to the films that the audience really responded to.
The actor loves the role so much that he even appeared in character at Comic-Con and cried on the red carpet of “Thor: The Dark World” when a reporter from MTV informed him that it might be his final Marvel red carpet event (luckily that didn’t turn out to be true). So far nothing about Hiddleston's involvemen in Marvel's Phase Three has been offically confirmed, but odds are good that the world isn't done being terrorized by Loki.