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. Ill take The Tablet of Life and Time. Please and thank you!

  2. I hope so… Dont get me wrong! I love loki and Tom plays him REALLY well and that was a perfect casting but i dont want to see him in 3 films as the main villain. I would say he was the main villain in the Avengers even though you could say he was lead by the Chitaury but he was really the only one to be fearful of the entire movie up to the end.

    I think he will be in the Avengers but will just have a smaller role. After all if he was working with Thanos he failed and i think Thanos would love to have a word with him…

  3. Interesting theory on Loki’s plan to return to Asgard. Sounds possible!

  4. He was last seen taken away by thor.

    Prior…He was used by the hulk to put out a fire.

    Do not think he wants to live through that again.

  5. Great article Rob!
    I hope things work out the way you mentioned. Personally, as great as Loki is, I wouldn’t want him as the villain for every Thor and Avengers movie. Change is needed every now and then.

    • Thx dude!

  6. It’s possible that thanos was in search of a planet that could oppose him and offer him a challenge, so that he might ‘court death’. In the comics that is thanos’ main motivation, to appease the entity of death, because he is in love with and wants to impress her/it.

  7. It would actually be great if Loki unexpectedly sides with the avengers and helps them defeat Thanos, since he failed to live up to his promise and Thanos also becomes an enemy of Loki. He won’t have to side with the good guys avengers all the time, but at least just this once, that’d be cool.

  8. It looked like the dude in hellboy appears as Thanos

  9. I would be happy if Loki stayed on the “good side” for a while. I can very well picture an “enemy of my enemy” situation where Loki is more useful as an ally than a villain.

    We’ll have to see how Thor: TDW plays out before we can make any real guesses. It all depends on how Thor and Loki’s relationship changes in that movie.

    One thing is sure, Tom has like a 6 movie contract, and Thor: TDW is only going to be his 3rd film. He is very unlikely to take the role of the main villain, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have an important supporting role in upcoming marvel movies, either on the good side or the bad side. He is an anti-villain after all, those can team up with heroes for their own good ;)

    I’m definitely going to be happy if he’s included in The Avengers 2 because Tom is brilliant and Loki is an amazing character, but yeah, he can’t be the main villain again of course.

  10. It would be cool for Avengers 3 that they fight the Masters Of Evil

  11. Yeah, I’m glad he won’t be the main villain either as much as I love Loki. They would just be rehashing him film after film.

  12. He won’t be the main villian, but don’t think for one second that Disney isn’t aware that Loki makes lil girls gy-nees tingle. Hiddleson isn’t going anyware folks.

    • He can’t go anywhere. He’s part of THORs’ franchise. Wherever the “God of Thunder” appears, so does the “God of Mischief”.

    • LOL! That’s what I figure too. And thank God, because I’m one of those lil’ girls that gets off on Loki and Hiddleston…

  13. Good news

  14. Duh. Maybe if we’re lucky, Loki redeemed himself and died then reborn as the young teenage anti hero that he is today in the comics but Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is so awesome making the decision to replace him is just wrong.

    Anyway, I think the villain for future avenger should be Ultron. Henry Pym was mentioned in Thor and there’s an Ant-man movie coming up and instead of toping Thanos or using Loki again, they should use a villain outside from the galaxy cosmic and Ultron is perfect. Avenger phase 3-vs the monster they created.

    • Where was Henry Pym mentioned in Thor? I seem to have missed that

      • He was never mentioned by name per say…But in Thor, just after shield takes all of Jane Foster’s equipment and research, the old scientist guy says that he’s gonna E-mail an old friend of his who’s had a run-in with shield before for advice. Even though they never say his name(and I don’t know why they didn’t) the person that he was talking about was suppose to be Hank Pym, says everyone who worked on the movie.

        Again I don’t know why they couldn’t have just name drop him in like that because it would have helped more than hurt, but I hope that clears it up.

        • They didn’t drop his name to give them some room to not include Pym,just in case they decide that his character isn’t going to work for them.

          Had they said Hank Pym,then ALL of the fanboys would be clamoring to see him more than they were to see The Lizard from the first three Spider-Man movies.

  15. Uh oh, lots of Loki fan-girls are going to be so angry….

  16. I really wasn´t suppose to write anything, but i just want to say that you steal that theory about loki and the infinity gauntlet, i read it a time ago in a forum, so please give the credit to the person who wrote it, you put almost the exact words, and please don´t do it again……. it´s kind of lame.

    • You’re lame. Who gives a flying frock who said what when.

      • Actually, I, and many others, do care IF someone takes material from someone else with out crediting that person.

        Jokerman, if you’re going to make such an accusation, you should be more detailed and PROVE it.

        • Listen I get that, but why would he start off by saying “I really shouldn’t write this…. Like really? Also, this notion was already posted by SuperheroHype and ComicBookMovie.

          This has already been discussed and I don’t think someone on a forum came up with ALL of this, and actually I believe if he had “taken” it, then yes credit is due.

        • I recall IgnurRant, a long-time Screen Ranter, being the first one who threw that theory around here (right after the movie was released if memory serves correct), but IMO Rob didn’t “steal” anything from anybody.

          It’s a legitimate theory to have and it’s not like he’s claiming the idea as his own – he’s simply supporting that theory and saying that it would make sense to him.

    • We’ve wrote Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet goals, a year before The Avengers hit theaters. It’s linked in the post and it’s from the comics.

  17. Just minor role would be fine. I love how humble he is, saying that having Loki as the main villain again would be repetitive and a new villain should take over.
    Such a nice guy. ^_^

  18. ummm duh he’s not gonna be the baddie again! he’s already been the bad guy for 2 movies they’re not gonna bring him back for thirds.. plus they made it painfully obvious at the end of avengers that the next villain is thanos.

  19. I’d like to see a Loki solo movie. imagine if Loki is up against a foe so terrible that it makes Loki, who is not quite as honest and virtuous as he should be seem like a heroic good guy!

    • That’s what I want more than anything too–a Loki movie. Even if all it involved was staring at him behind glass in a cell for 2 hours.

  20. So Ive got a question. I get that the two items on the left in the last picture are thanos’ infinity gauntlet the the fire is of Doctor Strange, but what are the other two items? I tried looking it up after seeing the movie and could not figure them out. any help?

      • Thanks Rob that’s a big help answered all my questions

  21. I love Hiddleston as Loki like I love Ian McKellan as gandalf he was the best choice for that, but i think it would be wise to not have Hamas the villain in Avengers 2 I think that we may need someone different maybe he could have a cameo I’d like that

  22. In my opinion, Tom Hiddleston was the best thing that happened to Marvel cinematic universe after Robert Downey Jr. His portrayal of LOKI is flawless and so organic at the most basic level that you root for him even as he goes causing mayhem and mishap.

    But the way I see it, there was a hint in the Avenger movie, where the Chitauri leader is in council with Loki and threatens that if Loki is unsuccessful in his mission The ‘other’ will come for him and there would be nowhere he could hide. The other in my understanding is related to Thanos? yes?
    I guess a part of that perhaps is going to happen in TDW, perhaps Malkeith (under orders of “the Other” or Thanos or even in Alliance with them) will attack Asgard to retrieve Loki, who Thor will defend alongside Asgard, despite Loki being a prisoner and all, cuz Thor is that way you know (Loki is my brother part)… The defeat of Malkieth(which is obvious)might in turn make Thanos more angry and make an attack on Midgard which is under Thor and Asgard’s protection? and jump into Avengers 2?

    So I believe LOKI is still going to have some major part, if for nothing else, then for Story arc itself and at this point, they are just keeping it under wraps.
    I am more and more convinced of it because in the Avengers(2012), the only moment Loki has with himself and is reflecting upon himself and by himself is when he receives the threat of being hunted down to the ends of universe by the other (and i’m assuming Thanos by extension) if he fails in his task on Midgard and will be tortured in an unthinkable way.

    So in my opinion, LOKI is not going to be the villain in the next Avengers movie, but he will still have a major part to play in the story arc, but not as a villain. The signs are all there. And Loki now has major, direct and personal beef with ‘the other’ and Thanos both. And since Thanos is showing up in Avengers2 Loki is going to be there too. Not only will that put a major strain on all relationships between the Avengers (drama) it will give the fans the fix of walking the line between good and bad, which honestly, Marvel movies need more of. And they have already announced that Phase 2 is going to be darker..

    This time Loki will be playing the role of “the Tesseract” and i am sure Tom can play the role of a sparkly blue cube better than the sparkly blue cube itself…lol

    Okay that was a lot of rambling…so sorry…. My info is very limited so forgive any factual errors!:)

    • wow, that was one of the most interesting things I’ve read. That would be a great plot for sure!!

      • A girl can wish right? If this all happens, then Avengers 2 will become my favorite movie in the world before it even comes out. We need all the sibling drama we can get. It makes the story human and easy to relate to…*le sigh*

    • Very interesting, and a good read :)

  23. I won’t like it as much without Loki.

  24. I know I’ve been saying this a lot all year but I still say Thanos is the big bad behind the scenes and a different villain is there for The Avengers to fight to lead to the inevitable Thanos confrontation in The Avengers 3.

    So…Ultron for Avengers 2 villain then? Makes sense since Ant-Man releases months after Avengers 2.

    What I’d guess is Hank Pym creates Ultron to help with the ultra realistic prosthetic thing for amputees and paraplegics, his creation turns bad, Avengers fight it and Pym is placed under SHIELD arrest and asked to redeem himself.

    This then leads to him becoming a SHIELD agent in his own movie and eventually SHIELD asking him to recreate Ultron for their side, thus debuting The Vision.

  25. So the point is I’m in it, okay?

  26. Id be down for Ultron, No Thanos till the third movie.

  27. Hes not coming out in Avengers 2 cause he will be busing filming Star wars Ep 7!

  28. Makes sense to have him in Thor but not Avengers anyway.

  29. At least give him a cameo.

    The dialog with Johansson was epic. Tom Hiddleston is god.

    • The God of Mischief!