Loki Unlikely To Be A Villain in ‘The Avengers 2′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:13 am,

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Joss Whedon, writer and director of The Avengers and its in-development sequel, revealed this week that he had originally intended to have another villain fight alongside Loki against Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Thor this summer. The God of Mischief however, wasn’t alone and thanks to the mysterious Thanos, he had an army to help put on a show for the world to see in downtown New York, in his attempts to earn himself a throne.

That villain, who Whedon will not reveal since the character may show up later, could very well be a part of The Avengers 2, filling the void left by Tom Hiddleston who may not return for the sequel.

In Thor, Loki managed to usurp Odin from the throne of Asgard, temporarily becoming its ruler. In The Avengers, his anger and jealously led to him attempting to rule earth, or at least that’s what he wanted The Avengers and Asgard’s leadership to believe.

While the rivalry between Thor and Loki is far from over, set to continue next fall in Thor: The Dark World, Loki is unlikely to attack Earth again anytime soon. While judging for the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds short films competition, Tom Hiddleston spoke with MSN about a potential return in The Avengers 2.

“I don’t know, and that really is the honest answer. I know I’ve been known for obfuscation in other quarters, but I have no idea. I haven’t spoken to Joss. He’s definitely doing it. So I suspect not, only because I think that probably the audiences are tired of Loki being the bad guy. Maybe the Avengers need somebody else to fight.”

Thanos, who made his very first cinematic appearance in the mid-credits sequence of The Avengers, will be back for Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 and The Avengers 2 the following summer in some capacity. It seems more and more likely though that he may be a major player in the background, while other villains do his bidding, potentially leading to even bigger events come Phase Three.

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The more we think about Loki’s actions, his mischievous ways may lead to us discovering throughout Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe that his (and Thanos’) intentions all along were to get him back to Asgard. Perhaps that’s why Loki did what he did on Earth to draw all that attention and assemble The Avengers, knowing he couldn’t conquer a planet with the army he had, and knowing there’s no singular throne to rule the Earth’s populace – something Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was starting to question in their confrontation. Loki also knew that Thor and Odin would take him prisoner by the end of it should his plan not succeed.

Why? If Thanos gave Loki an army, there’s a reason why, and it likely involves more than just the elusive Tesseract. A very precious item is hidden away in Odin’s vault, intentionally showcased by Marvel Studios in the first Thor film. All of these Easter Eggs from Marvel Comics are seeds planted for future use and since Thanos is a confirmed big part of the plan, so to is his source of power he wants so greatly: The Infinity Gauntlet (pictured on the right below).

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For this reason we don’t expect Loki to factor into The Avengers 2 in a major way, especially if his character arc follows a path of (partial or temporary) redemption. Hiddleston is correct, and Whedon will need to mix up the formula in making The Avengers 2 different and that of course includes its villain(s). Don’t count him out entirely, though. Click here for more on the past, present, and future of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.

The Thor sequel is being directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Christopher Eccleston.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.

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Source: MSN

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  1. I’m thinking the usage of Loki in the Thor series might be similar to Magneto in the X-men series. First movie, he’s the main villain. Second movie, he teams up with the protagonist(s) because of a common enemy. Third movie… there never was a third x-men movie. THERE NEVER WAS A THIRD X-MEN MOVIE. K glad that’s cleared up.

  2. i think Loki and Thor will fight on the same side for Thor II but by the end Loki will end up as a double agent and realize that the weapon/artifacts he used may allow him to overthrow Odin and reestablish his own hellish kingdom becoming too powerful for Thor. this will lead up to The Avengers II when Thor will have to recruit his friends to to retake Asgard from Loki and Thanos. that’s how i would write Thor The Dark World

  3. I think it would be better if Loki wasn’t the bad guy in Avengers 2, because it would be awesome if he teams up with the Avengers and kick Thanos’s ass.

    • i very much agree. lokies complexity is very compelling, all that pain and confusion; not to mention tom hiddleston playing him so very well. lokies cycle between redemption and rage needs to be emphasize more of in the movies compared to the comics. you cant just make him the villain. he needs sometime to bounce back and be thors brother for a bit. let him fight FOR the avengers. the distrust alone would make for an intriguing subplot.

  4. Loki was a terrible bad guy in Avengers. It was stupid how much of a wannabe villian he was. Avengers 2 better be better. Avengers was okay, but still… TOO MUCH HUMOUR, your world is fighting aliens, why would you be funny? That’s the way Avengers made me feel, thats why i prefer DC over Marvel. DC movies are darker, Marvel is just funny, sillines even when the world is ending storywise. Don’t get me wrong, Hulk’s funny scenes were hilarious, when he punched Thor and called Loki a puney god and when Cap America told him to smash and he smiled. The Iron Man/Loki confrontation was pretty funny too, a little humour is good as in The Dark Knight and Argo, but they went over the edge with humour.

    • Dude u r so WRONG!!! Loki is the best villane ever but u just cant notice that! He makes the movie so much better than it would have been without him!

      • Wow i so agree u and I are so alike!

    • I agree. Tom Hiddleston did an amazing job as Loki. He made Loki into a character that you not only love to hate, but also one that can be sympathised with(not that all of his actions are justified). Not being a big comic book fan, I had my doubts as to whether I would enjoy The Avengers. This is where I first saw him as Loki. His portrayal of Loki sold me on the series, so I went and got a copy of Thor, which I also thoroughly enjoyed. Now I can’t wait for Thor:The Dark World. If Tom, as Loki, is not in The Avengers 2, I can assure you that I will not be seeing it, as I don’t particularly care for any of the other main characters, and the over the top comic book acting style of the superheroes.

      • Same here. I love Tony Stark, but I was sick of the snark and overblown arguing about nothing between all of those characters. If Tom’s not in it, I won’t be seeing Avengers 2 either.

  5. I really hope they put loki in avengers 2

  6. The only reason I got into marvel movies was because of Loki. Tom Hiddleston is the perfect person to play him. Honestly? I don’t want Loki to be the bad guy, but I do want him in it. I have seen Thor and The Avengers so many times just because I love how he portrays the evolution of Loki’s physical and emotional state. I probably won’t watch the avengers 2 more than once (if at all) if he’s not in it at all. Just my opinion. I would be perfectly happy with him being a supporting role.

  7. I personally love seeing Loki being acted by Tom on screen. I agree that Loki cannot be the major villain in Avengers 2. But I think maybe Thanos should come into play in Avengers 3, and that’s maybe when Loki should get his chance at teaming up with the Avengers. In some way or another Loki has to show up after Thor 2 :/