Of all the villains Marvel has presented in the last 11 years in its 23 movies and two recent series, Loki played by the charming Tom Hiddleston is the only endearing bad guy unequivocally loved by MCU fans. Since he was introduced in the first Thor film, Loki has turned into a hero and now is probably back to being the villain again, but the bigger question is whether he will be a part of Thor: Love and Thunder, and the answer, sadly, is no.
In a recent chat with Empire (via Digital Spy), when asked about the possibility of Loki appearing in Thor: Love and Thunder, Tom Hiddleston confirmed that he will not be appearing in the fourth Thor film.
“We talked about the Thor movies as a family saga, and the diametric opposition between Thor and Loki and duality and antagonism being a book that perhaps should remain closed for the moment,” Tom Hiddleston told Empire. “We have explored about as much as we can about these two brothers.”
The last we saw Loki, the original one, he was being choked to death by the mighty Titan, Thanos. This time, it was no illusion and the God of Mischief actually died. But when the Avengers went back in time to right the wrongs of Thanos and reverse the Snap, they inadvertently let 2012’s Loki to escape with the Tesseract. Current Tom Hiddleston can be once again seen as Loki as he plots ways to escape the Time Variance Authority and coming to know the complicated possibility that the original timeline has branched in ways that has allowed multiple iterations of the God of Mischief to wreak havoc in the multiverse.
So, while technically, Tom Hiddleston continues to play Loki in the series of the same name that recently premiered on Disney+ (and left us wanting more), he will not be appearing in the original timeline, which means Thor will not be meeting his brother in Thor: Love and Thunder. Unfortunately, this doesn’t bode well for the character in the long term.
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki not appearing in Thor: Love and Thunder most probably means that his variant version will not be escaping the Time Variance Authority and will most probably perish during whatever quest or chaos awaits him. While it’s still possible that the character might appear in future films as a part of the multiversal chaos that future MCU films are destined to explore, judging by the life span of characters in the MCU and the tone of finality in what Tom Hiddleston said, it is most likely that the Loki series will be the last we see our “puny god.”
Our only solace in the face of the possibility of bidding farewell to Tom Hiddleston forever is the fact that while Loki is not a part of Thor: Love and Thunder, he will continue playing the beloved character for one more season on the Disney+ series. And this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all, nothing is ever written in stone.