Tom Hiddlestone, British actor revered for his role as Thor’s adopted brother Loki, has revealed that the next Thor film may well be his last.
Loki has been one of the only villainous constants throughout the MCU timeline thus far, and speaking with The Daily Beast while promoting his new mini-series The Night Manager & I Saw The Light Hiddlestone suggested that Thor: Ragnarok would be the last time he be burdened with glorious purpose:
“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.”
Before realising Kevin Feige could issue him an early P45…
“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.”
While Hiddlestone attempts to cover up his comments, perhaps even truthfully, there is some relevance in what he says in just looking at the title Thor: Ragnarok. Ragnarok is well-known as a sort of Norse apocalypse & in Norse mythology it did herald the death of Thor, Odin, Heimdall and… Loki. Kevin Feige has also stated before that whatever happens in Thor: Ragnarok will shape the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to come. It is very possible that Thor: Ragnarok details the fall of Asgard (literally, if the comics are anything to go by) and we will be saying goodbye to a number of MCU stalwarts including Loki and maybe even Thor.
It would be a major surprise for Marvel to write out two of its most popular characters in Loki and Thor but some could argue that the Avengers landscape is in need of a serious status quo change and this would be one sure way of doing it. It is worth remembering that there is an Infinity Gauntlet sitting in the vault under Asgard which is not the same one we witnessed Thanos lay his hands on at the end of Age of Ultron. It is possible that Thanos currently possesses a decoy and becomes the big bad of Thor: Ragnarok, bringing an apocalypse unto Asgard.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled for release in October 2017.