Hiddleston Retiring Loki, Talks Bond Rumors

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has often been criticised for its weak villains. Hope was high for the likes of The Mandarin, Red Skull, Malekith, Whiplash, Ronan, Ultron, etc. but it has only been Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier that seem to have been truly embraced by fans.

This week though, chatting with The Daily Beast, Hiddleston revealed that he’s seemingly retiring his sinister Asgardian role with the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” to be his last time: “Thor 3 will be cool because I’ve not done it for four years. I love working with Chris [Hemsworth]. This will be my last time out of the gate.”

So does that mean he’s not a part of the “Avengers: Infinity War” saga? The actor says he doesn’t know and indicates Marvel hasn’t decided either: “I don’t know! Honestly, I don’t know. They haven’t got their ducks in a row yet. They make it up as they go along.”

The actor revealed he’s been enjoying watching the MCU progress and is keen for “Captain America: Civil War”. Asked what his character would do if he were in that film, he says: “I feel like if Loki was in Civil War, he’d be sitting on the rooftops somewhere going, ‘How marvelous… the children are fighting.’ I’m excited to see it.”

Hiddleston’s name has also come up a lot lately in relation to the James Bond franchise following an acclaimed turn in the mini-series adaptation of John Le Carre’s “The Night Manager”. Speaking with Happy Sad Confused, he says all the talk is just that – there’s nothing actually happening:

“Honestly, [it’s] pure speculation. When it comes up in conversation, as someone who’s been a fan of the series since I was a child, you kind of go, ‘Really? You’ve got to be kidding.’ It’s all come from ‘The Night Manager’…and I play a spy, a former British soldier who is recruited by MI6 to become a spy. There’s a seduction and a glamour to that world, and [my character is] seduced very much by Hugh Laurie’s character, who plays an international arms dealer. And so people have made the link, but honestly I think [the conversation of], ‘Who’s going to be the next Bond?’ is a national pastime.”

MGM re-affirmed this week that they intend to stick with their “cycle of every three-to-four years” with a new Bond film and anticipated the follow-up to last year’s “Spectre” will stick with that plan – meaning a new Bond film in late 2018 or late 2019.