Sadly, our favorite actors can't play the same roles forever. People age, but icons are eternal.
One actor who has become synonymous with the character he plays is Tom Hiddleston and I'm not looking forward to the day he steps down from bringing Loki to life on the big screen.
But Loki is one of the greatest villains in the #MCU and the show must go on, with or without Hiddleston.
I think the perfect next step for the #MCU would be to allow Loki to take a female form and give a strong actress the chance to tackle the role. This would respect Hiddleston's legacy as the character while making Loki feel fresh for a new era.
Female Loki In The Comics
During the comic series Original Sin, many new things about several #Marvel superheroes were revealed, including the fact that Thor had a sister named Angela.
But that wasn't the only time Loki switched genders, the character has done this many times in the comics, including a moment when he impersonated Scarlet Witch and another when Loki took over the body of Lady Sif while acting as Lady Loki.
Now, how can this play out in the #MCU?
Female Loki In The MCU
We don’t know the specifics of Tom Hiddleston’s contract with Marvel Studios, but if Loki survives the events of #ThorRagnarok and returns in #Avengers Infinity War, then that’s when we could potentially see the god of mischief don the female form.
With Thanos in possession of all the Infinity Stones, Loki's death appears to be imminent.
So, if Thanos kills Loki in Avengers: Infinity War, it would be great to see the Asgardian return donning the female form. This would not only keep the character alive for future movies, but it would also bring a new female super-villain to the MCU.
But why would Thanos kill Loki?
Loki has failed #Thanos many times already. When the Titan gave Loki the Scepter, Loki failed to take over the Earth. His failure led the Scepter falling into the hands of Hydra and Tony Stark, leading to the creation of Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and eventually Ultron and Vision.
Another way we can see Loki donning the female form is through the powers of Scarlet Witch. A terrible event could transpire in Avengers: Infinity War that could cause Scarlet Witch to change reality, like she did in fan-favorite Marvel Comics story House of M.
In this new reality Loki could be a woman.
The most plausible way to see a female version of Loki is if she comes from another universe. Now that we know the multiverse exists in the MCU since it was revealed in #DoctorStrange, anything is possible.
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Should Loki Become "Lady Loki"?
If Tom Hiddleston doesn’t return as the god of mischief after Thor: Ragnarok or the upcoming Avengers films, should Loki still return and should the character be portrayed by a woman in the franchise's future installments?
This would not only give a new actress a chance to leave her mark on the #MCU, but it would be an excellent way to recast Loki without upsetting fans who have come to love Hiddleston's portrayal of the character.
Also, many fans may be more open to moving in this direction since Loki has appeared to be gender fluid in the comics for several years now.
Plus, Marvel is in desperate need of more female #superheroes within their cinematic multiverse and this would be an ideal way to add one more.
As much as we love Tom Hiddleston, he won’t be playing Loki forever and one of the best ways to honor his awesomeness in the transition to a new god of mischief would be to have Loki payed by one of the best women in the business.
Which actress would be perfect for the role? Click here to check my top deam casting choices and weigh in with your own!