Thor: Ragnarok, one of the most anticipated superhero films in recent memory, is currently in production. While fans are excited to see adaptations of the Planet Hulk and Ragnarok storylines, there's one aspect from which most of the anticipation for the film stems: Tom Hiddleston's return as the lovable and mischievous Loki.
Many, including myself, have been wondering how he'll fit into the movie, how big of a role he will have and whether or not we should expect a makeover, much like the one Chris Hemsworth is going through with his partially-shaved head. Well, thanks to Tom Hiddleston himself, we now know how Loki will look like in the film. Through his official Instagram, the actor shared our first look at the God of Mischief in Thor: Ragnarok and it's surprisingly conservative. Check it out:
It's worthy to note that this is Tom Hiddleston's first Instagram post. With Ragnarok being Loki's fourth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have been wondering what we can expect from the iconic character. Speaking about his upcoming role during last year's Wizard World, the actor said this:
“I’m so excited about playing him again. I’m four years older and Chris [Hemsworth, who plays Thor] is four years older, and there will just be new things we find in it. The most exciting thing about him is that he is always a trickster. It is trying to find new ways for him to be mischievous, because I love doing that, and I hope you guys love watching that.”
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While one of the three burning questions for the future of the character has been answered, there's still the remaining two: What role will he play in Ragnarok and how big will it be?
In Thor: The Dark World, Loki grew considerably as a character as the story progressed. He was willing to sacrifice himself for his brother and his girlfriend... But what about faking his death and taking Odin's place as the King of Asgard? At the end of the film, Loki is more than pleased with his new position of supreme power.
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Something interesting to note is that in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Lady Sif arrives on Earth to bring Lorelei back, she says she's doing it as a special request from Odin, who by that point was Loki. So, is it possible we will see him with an army in Thor: Ragnarok to make life harder for his brother?
From tidbits of information from the film, we know that Thor is trapped inside a battle world. Is it possible that Loki banished him there and the film also explores the God of Thunder retaking the throne of Asgard and possibly saving his father? Something that caught my interest was Hiddleston's comment on Loki finding ways to be mischievous. Will he use that mischief for the good of the universe or for his own gain?
Without a doubt, The Dark World's ending opened so many possibilities for Ragnarok that I'm crossing my fingers for them not to get glossed over as it happens in so many sequels where things are set up but never come to fruition.
How Big Will His Role Be?
Considering the adaptations of the big storylines mentioned above that the film is tackling, will Loki have a large part to play or just a special appearance? Fortunately, there are many aspects that range from the length of time Hiddleston has been filming alongside Chris Hemsworth, fans' eagerness to see him again, his previously mentioned status and his connection to other villains that indicate the god of mischief will have a very big part to play in the film.
What connections to other villains, you ask? In the comic books and Norse mythology, Hela the ruler of Hel and Niffleheim, who is being played by Cate Blanchett in Ragnarok, is Loki's daughter. Could the God of Mischief be a key part in stopping the end of the universe?
An important thing to remember as well is Loki and Hulk's last encounter, where the jade giant threw the mischievous god around like a rag doll. We know that Ragnarok will be a road-trip style film for Thor and Hulk, but, could the undeniable potential for chemistry and great interactions make Loki join the heroes in their world-saving journey? Could we see a rematch between him and the Hulk?
These are all questions we will have answers to once Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 25, 2017.
Do you like Loki's traditional look for the film? How big of a role do you think he will play?