4 Reasons It's Great That Tom Hiddleston Will Play Loki In 'Thor 3'

Let the smirking begin.

Asgardians, gird your loins! As it turns out, both thunder and trickery are officially on the menu for "Thor: Ragnarok," the third film in Marvel's "Thor" franchise which is slated for a 2017 release.

Not only will Chris Hemsworth be back as the beefy, hammer-wielding superhero, but a report from Screenrant confirms the return of Tom Hiddleston as Loki. Which means, among other things, that "Thor: Ragnarok" will have no shortage of delicious mischievous smirking.

But that's just one reason to be delighted that Hiddleston is back; here are four more.

1. He's the most loveable, hateable villain ever.

Never has there been a movie antagonist who inspired such complicated feelings in his fanbase. You can't help rooting for Loki to rise up, kick ass, and seize his destiny... that is, except for the times when you're actively wishing that someone would punch him in his nasty, conniving little teeth.

2. He's the perfect foil for Chris Hemsworth's Thor.

Hemsworth and Hiddleston, together onscreen: it's like a microcosm for the perfect balance of the universe. They are truly the yin to each other's yang.

3. He looks really good in this hat.

Thanks exclusively to Tom Hiddleston, "sexy rhinoceros beetle" is now a lewk that exists.

4. But seriously, the smirk.

Yes, we're counting this one twice. Because the more Loki grins delightedly over his own shenanigans, the better the movie gets. It's science.