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Will Loki Be Back For The Avengers 2?

We already know that Loki will play a part in next year’s Thor: The Dark World, even though the “Big Bad” villain will actually be Malekith, the leader of the dark elves played by Christopher Eccleston. What we don’t know, however, now that filming in the Thor sequel has wrapped, is whether Loki will continue to be a thorn in Marvel universe’s side when the team assembles for The Avengers 2.

And neither, it seems, does Tom Hiddleston.

Speaking to MSN UK, the actor, who has now played the character three times, admits:

"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. But I'd love to be part of it again."

You can read a few things into these quotes. First, I believe Hiddleston when he says he hasn’t talked to Whedon about a possible involvement in the second Avengers. But because the actor doesn’t flat-out refute the possibility, that must mean that the villain doesn’t achieve solid resolution in the Thor sequel. He must still be able to return for the Avengers sequel if needed. And why not? Hiddleston has done more with Loki than we thought possible, and it would be wise for Marvel to at least keep the character (and the actor) in their metaphorical back pocket to use him in the future.

But I also agree with his statement that it’s time for the Avengers to face a different foe. Whedon should be free to explore new, larger foes for the super group. Bringing Loki back would be a rehash, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. There’s still plenty of time for Whedon to figure out his sequel as The Avengers 2 doesn't arrive until 2015 … with or without Hiddleston in its cast.

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.