Looking back on the last eight years of Marvel Studios films, there are certain events in particular that we can look to as being truly major moments and decisions. The casting of Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor, and making Loki the main villain of The Avengers both qualify. With an impressive mix of psychotic charisma and shocking pathos, the God of Mischief has been established as one of the great cinematic comic book villains, and we can’t wait to see more of him in Thor 3. But those of you hoping that his stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will last beyond that may not want to count your chickens until they hatch.

Of course, nothing has been made official by Marvel or Tom Hiddleston (do you expect them to give away the death of a big character?), but we’ve been staring into our Crystal Ball of Speculation and have put together some pieces suggesting that Loki’s days on the big screen may be numbered. What could seal his fate? Read on to find out.

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Hiddleston’s Star Is Rising, And Skull Island Is Coming
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki may be a fan favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t change the fact that being a villain means that he’s perpetually playing second fiddle. As the titles suggest, Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World largely focus on the hero characters on their respective stories, and Loki has been deemed a supporting character in all of his appearances so far (though Marvel has, of course, made a habit of playing up his role a bit). As charismatic and enchanting as Loki has been in the Marvel movies, Hiddleston couldn’t actually be blamed for wanting to be the legitimate lead of his own big blockbuster franchise. And that’s where the actor’s newest project comes in.

As we reported last week, Tom Hiddleston has officially signed on to play the lead in Skull Island, the new feature from Legendary Pictures that will take movie-goers back to the mythical birthplace of King Kong. The part is the biggest that Hiddleston has landed since he was first tapped as Loki, and while we don’t want to count our chickens before they hatch, there is some pretty obvious franchise potential to be mined here. As much fun as the actor has playing Loki, I don’t think many of us would be surprised if he decided to move on and pursue something bigger for himself.

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