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Tom Hiddleston Doesn’t Know If He’s Playing Loki Again in Future Projects

Tom Hiddleston is reflecting on 14 years of portraying Loki in Marvel films and television shows and admits he isn’t sure whether he’ll return to the role.

The actor stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday to promote the news that his series, The Night Manager, was returning for two more seasons after taking an eight-year break. While on the late night show, the host asked Hiddleston if he knew when he was cast in the role of Loki that he would be playing him for as long as he has.

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“I had no idea, and every time someone says that [it’s been 14 years], it kind of blows my mind because when I was cast in 2009, I was 28, and I’m 43 now, and that’s a big chunk of my adult life I’ve been playing this amazing character,” the Thor star said. “It’s changed the course of my life completely.”

Jimmy Kimmel questioned whether or not Hiddleston was done playing the character, following the season two finale of Loki, which seemed to wrap up the Asgardian God of Mischief’s story nicely.

“I don’t know,” the actor admitted. “I really don’t know.” However, the host wasn’t sure if he believed him, pointing out that a lot of the time, Marvel stars will outright lie about their characters’ futures rather than play coy about it. Hiddleston added, “I know that we’ve reached some sort of narrative conclusion with season two, which feels very satisfying to me.”

Despite Loki’s actions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers star explained that he doesn’t consider his character a villain, even though Kimmel believes he probably should consider him such sometimes.

“I’m aware that he’s made some interesting choices, which could be accumulated into a picture that looks like he’s a villain, and once upon a time, he was making some misguided choices,” The Night Manager star-producer said. “You know, trying to take over New York and the Avengers having to assemble to stop him, that was a bad day in the office. … I’d like to think that you know, 14 years later, he’s making some slightly more generous, loving and heroic choices.”

Unlike other stars of shows and films, Hiddleston hasn’t kept anything from his time on the Marvel Studios sets, not even Loki’s iconic horns. Kimmel joked perhaps he hasn’t gotten anything from the costume department because they may still need to use them at some point, but the actor pointed out that while that was a good point, the horns have changed every time he’s worn them.

The Thor: Ragnarok actor also said that he doesn’t know where he would even put the horns if he were to keep them. The late night host noted if he were the God of Mischief, he would have a “horn-y room” where he would mount them all on the wall.

“I don’t know what message that sends to guests who come over for dinner,” Hiddleston joked, with Kimmel noting, “I think the message is, ‘I’m Loki, damn it.'”

In an interview tied to the Loki season two finale, executive producer Kevin R. Wright told The Hollywood Reporter that he thought the show’s final minutes felt like a sendoff. He shared that when they wrapped on set, it felt that way for everyone, too.

“We wanted this to feel like a proper ending for our show, but that does not mean that there won’t be more Loki or stories within this world,” he said. “We just wanted to give this a proper ending in a way that we often don’t get to do in the MCU.”

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