Marvel Cinematic Universe: What's Next For Loki?

Loki

by Ryan Rigley

There's no denying it—people just can't get enough of the God of Mischief. Although Tom Hiddleston's Loki was arguably one of the best parts of "Marvel's the Avengers," apparently the Asgardian trickster will not be appearing in the highly-anticipated "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age of Ultron." "I don't think there's anything else Loki could contribute to 'The Avengers,' narratively," stated Hiddleston in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "Joss gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we'd only be trying to repeat ourselves and probably less well in the second one."

With Loki out of the picture for the "Avengers" sequel, audiences will just have to get their Loki-fill from "Thor: The Dark World" when it opens on November 8th. However, Loki's popularity with the Marvel fanbase could indicate that the mischievous magician will be popping up elsewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Here are five places where Loki could pop up next.

The Evil Eye

In the comics, Loki teamed up with the evil Dormammu in an attempt to trick the Avengers and the Defenders into building an item of immense magical power for him. With the Evil Eye, Loki would have reality-altering abilities beyond his wildest dreams. With Dormammu being Doctor Strange's main antagonist, it's entirely possible that we could see a situation like this in a post-credits sequence of the still unannounced—but likely—Doctor Strange movie.

War Machine

At one point in the comics, Loki actually possesses the body of War Machine in order to fight Thor while his physical body is trapped in Mephisto's realm. As a result, the Asgardian trickster is then forced to battle War Machine, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), and She-Hulk. That being said, this particular scenario could potentially be referenced in either Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" or—fingers crossed for this one—"Iron Man 4."

Female Loki

After the events of Ragnarok, in which Thor decapitates Loki and Asgard explodes, the God of Mischief is reincarnated in the form of a woman. However, Loki isn't reincarnated in the body of just any woman—he's actually taken the form of Sif, Thor's on—again/off—again love. How disturbing would it be to see Sif actress Jaime Alexander with Tom Hiddleston's unmistakeable voice? Could this happen in a future "Thor" film, should Hiddleston's booming career provide scheduling conflicts?

Norwegian Super-Soldiers

In the Ultimate universe, Loki was at one point attempting to bring about the start of World War III. Framing Captain America for treason and murdering Hawkeye's entire family, the God of Mischief creates a Norwegian super-soldier program and claims it to be a part of the European Union initiative. Perhaps something to this effect could happen in a third "Captain America" movie. You know, right after Cap is elected President of the United States (it happened in the comics!).

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"It would be something that would depend upon script and story but yeah, of course," Hiddleston explains in an interview with Crave Online on whether or not he'd be appearing on the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television show. Despite the series' strict rules against magic, it would make complete sense if Thor and Loki were exempt. After all, they are Norse gods and not just humans with magical powers. Science may be able to explain some forms of magic, but there's absolutely no way that it can explain the Norse mythology which already exists within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus a character as popular as Loki seems designed for sweeps weeks and season finales.

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