It has been almost 2 months since Avengers: Infinity War came out, and we still haven’t got around the impact that the movie had upon us. Probably Ant-Man and the Wasp will lighten up the mood after looking at all the death in Infinity War, but until then, we have to just accept the fact that all our favorite heroes are dead, and amongst them was a villain who we had come to love for all these years. For what it’s worth, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki did die a hero and we mourn his death in our minds as well.
Until Thanos arrived and really made his presence felt in the MCU, there was just one villain who was considered as the Top Notch Boss in the MCU, and while other villains may have made their presence a little threatening, but it was the God of Mischief Loki who really kept the standard of the MCU villains up. Until Phase 3, the MCU only hailed one true villain while others did their bit for one movie each. This is the only reason why Loki got so many appearances and a 5 movie story arc that really defined him. Tom Hiddleston was just so good with the villain that even after the sad death, people want him to return.
Loki started off amazingly well being the highlight of a little over the average movie Thor, and the reactions of the people upon that was amazing, which is why he was written as the big bad for the first Avengers movie. It was there he really established himself as the biggest Villain the MCU will have portrayed until Phase 3. Then he returned in Thor: Ragnarok, and teased a turn towards the heroic side, and then again became the highlight of the movie at the very end by proving that he really is the God of Mischief. He was supposed to have an appearance in Age of Ultron but that scene got edited for some reason.
Then he finally made a return in Phase 3 in Thor: Ragnarok, which really had him become the hero after all. The movie had him get accepted as the true son of Odin and a brother to the God of Thunder. It gave Loki a purpose and a destiny. And finally, his purpose established in Ragnarok came to an end with the final heroic stint he tried to pull with Thanos and died a hero. That really set up the darker tone for Infinity War and gave us an appetizer for what’s coming next.
In a recent Q&A session at Ace Comic-Con, Tom Hiddleston talked about how he came to terms with the fate of his character confirming his death, and how he knowing about it 2 years ago had impacted his performance in Thor: Ragnarok. Here’s what he said:
“So, I’ve known about that scene for two years. I met with Marvel in May 2016, and they were actually telling me the story of Ragnarok with concept art and images. The Russos came in, and I introduced myself. So, all four of us sat down, and they said this is how Infinity War begins. My whole journey through making Thor: Ragnarok — I knew this was coming. By the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Loki has been accepted as Thor’s brother again.”
He emphasized on the fact that Loki made his final move to save his brother, and also said that the scene where he died right after reclaiming his title as an Odinson was pretty powerful indeed. He continued:
“When I came to shoot the scene in Infinity War, I think it’s very powerful he calls himself an Odinson, and that closes the whole journey of Loki and what he can do. It [Loki’s death] set the stakes up emotionally. It takes the stakes up dramatically. You know that Thanos is someone who’s more dangerous than anyone we’ve seen before.”
Well, the fans who attended the panel were shaken and confused about the fact that Hiddleston did not really talk about his return. Well, we do know that he is going to return in Avengers 4 even though his death in Infinity War may be permanent. Since Avengers 4 is going to be a full-on Time Travel event, and we have seen set photos of Hiddleston as Loki in a similar setting to a scene from the first Avengers movie, his return in Avengers 4 is confirmed, but that would most probably be his last appearance.
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Avengers 4 comes out on May 3, 2019.