Something Marvel Studios has been criticized for, for some time, has been its villains. Many of them have been disposable, or total afterthoughts. One of their most compelling villains was The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), but it's pretty clear that he's not even staying bad- as Bucky Barnes seemingly continues his path back to the light in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. So who does that leave us with, exactly? Why, the most beloved cinematic Marvel villain of all, of course: Loki.
While we know that future AVENGERS films are going to center on Josh Brolin's Thanos, no one can forget that Tom Hiddleston's Loki is the baddie that helped shape Marvel's Phase 1. With successful appearances in THOR and THE AVENGERS, Hiddleston's Loki left such a mark that the studio ordered reshoots that would give him more screen time in THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Yet, since then, the character has been rather quiet. Is that because Hiddleston has nearly fulfilled his Marvel commitments? Will THOR: RAGNAROK be Loki's last ride?
In a chat with the New York Daily News, Hiddleston, channeling his inner trickster, addressed this question. "Truthfully, I do actually know at the moment how many more times I’m going to play Loki, but I’m not going to tell you,” he told the paper. “It’s not personal it’s just keeping it fresh for all paying customers to enjoy their films." Still, something in that wording reveals that Loki may still get a handful of opportunities to make his mark on the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
How would he feel about one of those appearances being in a DOCTOR STRANGE movie? After all, he and Benedict Cumberbatch are friends, and the SHERLOCK actor actually reached out to him with questions before signing his Marvel contract. "In some hypothetical world, I don’t quite know when, for Loki and Dr. Strange to share the same frame would be very exciting indeed,” the actor says. “Because Benedict Cumberbatch is an old friend. So I would think it would be interesting to see who would get the upper hand."
Heck, he's also tight with Charlie Cox, who plays DAREDEVIL. Could Hiddleston envision a time when his Loki could share the screen with Cox's Matt Murdoch and Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange?
"Well, that would be a fun day at the office," Hiddleston says. “We would probably just be comparing costumes. That’s what happens on set, is just everyone starts laughing at each other because the costumes are so extreme," he jokes. "You’re standing there with the crew, everyone holding Styrofoam cups of coffee and everyone is wearing very brightly colored leather, that’s highly entertaining."
Loki and Doctor Strange have clashed in the books, mind you, so- assuming Loki survives THOR: RAGNAROK- it wouldn't be out of the question to see God of Mischief cross paths with the Sorcerer Supreme.
Regardless, Hiddleston remains tight-lipped about any and all future plans. "And also I’m the God of mischief so it’s my predisposition to play games," he added.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News