While Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has been the focus as of late, as the project finally entered production in Atlanta, GA last month, it’s only one of a few projects Marvel Studios is hard at work on. Both Spider-Man and Thor: Ragnarok are set to go into production in just a couple of months, and while we haven’t heard much of anything official from Marvel regarding either project, we have heard of plenty of reports concerning both films – this has especially been the case with Thor: Ragnarok. We’ve known that Taika Waititi would be directing the film for some time now, and that Stephany Folsom would be doing a re-write of the script, and as far as the cast goes, we know that Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk will be joining the film, and that Cate Blanchett will be in the film as a potential villain. (Something she confirmed just yesterday.)
Of course, we also know that Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, is also set to return, and while that’s sure to excite fans, as we haven’t seen him since Thor: The Dark World, the fact that Hiddleston seems to think this will be his last outing as the character is more than likely sure to worry some fans.
“Thor 3 will be cool because I’ve not done it for four years,” says Hiddleston. “I love working with Chris [Hemsworth]. This will be my last time out of the gate.”
However, just because Hiddleston seems to think it’ll be his last outing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’ll be the case. After all, we still have Avengers: Infinity War coming up, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo have already indicated that, while they have a plan for those films, they’re just now beginning to start on the screenplays. So it’s possible Loki can pop up then, something Hiddleston does acknowledge.
“I don’t know! Honestly, I don’t know,” he says with a shrug. “They haven’t got their ducks in a row yet. They make it up as they go along.”
If Ragnarok does end up being Hiddleston’s last go as Loki, though, it should make for a nice send-off as he joins Cate Blanchett‘s villain on screen. When asked about working with the actress, Hiddleston was nothing short of excited. (Note: While Marvel hasn’t yet officially confirmed her casting, Blanchett did confirm her role in a recent interview.)
“That would be extraordinary.” He added, “I don’t know if she’s definitely doing it, but obviously she’s an extraordinary actress. If she’s up for coming to Asgard, that would be interesting.”
Hiddleston also talked a bit about his good friend, Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Doctor Strange later this year. He revealed that he explained that he gave Cumberbatch some advice prior to the start of production on Doctor Strange about truly embracing one’s imagination.
“He called before he did Doctor Strange,” he said, then sharing advice he gave. “Of course, it has its own challenges which are mostly the sustained stamina of imagination because you’re constantly having to generate responses to things that aren’t physically there in environments which will be enhanced by visual effects. The job is to continue to make it real so the audience believes it when they see it. I think he’s having fun, and what a cast!”
As we near closer to the June start of Ragnarok, we can expect to hear more news regarding the upcoming third Thor installment. Until then, be sure to follow along here.
Thor: Ragnarok is set to open on November 3rd, 2017.