Loki (Tom Hiddleston) himself teased some new Marvel details on the Bafta Awards show red carpet. Just days before it was revealed that the release date for “Thor: Ragnarok” had been pushed back to Nov. 3, 2017, to accommodate the inclusion of “Spider-Man,” the British actor opened up about his role in the third film in the franchise.
“‘Thor 3’ is happening at some point and the last time we saw Loki he was on the throne, so there’s some questions to be answered,” he told a reporter on the red carpet.
Although Hiddleston was speaking off-the-cuff, it’s possible his remarks provide some details about what will happen in the soon-to-be-released film “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or, maybe more accurately, what will not happen.
While actor Idris Elba was previously not going to be in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” he let it slip a few months ago that both he and Hiddleston would reprise their roles in the sequel as Heimdall and Loki, respectively. “Thor: The Dark World” ended with [SPOILER ALERT] Loki faking his own death to fool Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and stealing the throne of Asgard from Odin (Anthony Hopkins) by casting himself in his image. A teaser scene from “Age of Ultron,” screened at Marvel’s Phase 3 announcement, showed Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) speculating about where Thor ran off to after Scarlet Witch revealed something to him.
With Loki cast in “The Avengers” sequel, and Thor facing some big revelation, it makes sense that he would discover his brother’s deception in the movie planned for release May 1. However, with Hiddleston teasing that Loki’s impersonation of Odin will come out in “Thor: Ragnarok,” the speculation surrounding Scarlet Witch and Thor becomes a much more mysterious mess. Still, it’s possible that holding the big moment for Thor’s next stand-alone movie will allow the characters to react with the necessary emotion rather than trying to shoehorn it into what promises to be an already jam-packed movie.
When the Bafta red-carpet interviewer suggested that Loki’s evil could simply go on and on, Hiddleston was quick to lower expectations.
“I don’t know if I could. I think if I keep dying my hair black, it’s going to fall out,” he joked. “I love the character. It’s a great character; it’s amazing how the whole Marvel world has been embraced by people who love film.”
Precious little else is known about the plot of “Thor: Ragnarok.” According to ScreenRant, the comic-book version of the storyline has “Ragnarok” refer to a mythical cataclysmic event that leads to the death of the gods and the destruction of Asgard.
“I think that in the comic book the sort of end-of-days, Armageddon aspect is probably the direction in which it will all head in,” Hemsworth told the outlet last year, before the official announcement of the film. “Where it’s sort of the end of all things and there’s obviously no script or anything, when I read the comic books, I thought it was an interesting way to go.”
With “Ragnarok” supposedly comes the Thor villain, Surtur, leader of the Fire Demons of Muspelheim. Unfortunately for eager fans, they’ll have to wait until “Thor: Ragnorak” hits theaters in 2017 to see it all it go up in flames. Or not.