Avengers: Age of Ultron looks set to break box office records already, but now there’s news that the next Avengers flick has even more going for it. It might herald the return of a fan-favorite Marvel villain that’s sure to get fans into the seats.
If it wasn’t apparent from the “Avengers: Age of Ultron Spoilers” bit in the headline, this post has spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you want to go into next summer’s Avengers film with virgin eyes, well what are you doing on the internet anyway?
That out of the way, this Age of Ultron rumor looks like it’s about as solid as any we’ve gotten to date, because it comes straight from one of Marvel’s stars.
Speaking with The Guardian (h/t: Cinema Blend), Idris Elba spilled the beans. Elba, who played Heimdall in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, revealed that he’d been filming something for Age of Ultron just the day before the Guardian interview.
“I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth [who plays Thor] and Tom Hiddleston [Loki], and they’re like [whispers] – ‘Aren’t you [meant to be] in Ibiza?'”
That makes it seem about certain that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, probably the best received villain Marvel has put on screen to date, will in fact pop up in Age of Ultron. Previous revelations about the role Thor will play in Age of Ultron indicated that Loki won’t be playing a major role in the film – it is Ultron’s movie after all – so that would seemingly point to a cameo appearance, perhaps in one of Marvel’s trademark “stingers,” or post-credits scenes.
Bringing Loki back for a cameo makes sense, given how much of an impact Age of Ultron will likely have on Thor in particular. At Marvel’s massive movie reveal last week, the House of Ideas told us that Age of Ultron will definitely feed into Thor: Ragnarok, which is set to hit theaters in July of 2017.
How will Loki figure into the action after Age of Ultron‘s credits roll? Well, it’s a Marvel movie, so we won’t know until we see it… or at least until more footage leaks to the web. It’s a solid bet, though, that with Heimdall, Thor, and Loki onscreen, this probably has something to do with Asgard, Thor’s home. Since the Marvel movies are now all heading toward an Infinity War crossover, it’s also probably not too much of a stretch for the post-credits scene to involve the Tesseract, one of the Infinity Stones that’s currently housed in Asgard as well.
We definitely won’t know until Age of Ultron conquers theaters next summer, but it’s something for Loki-Hiddleston fans to get excited about. What do you think?