Thor: Love and Thunder will follow Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness in theaters the same year, making for a busy slate of MCU films. Since their initial appearance in Thor (2011), Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth have made six further appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Throughout their turbulent relationship, they were continuously brought together by a common goal, and their lives were intertwined.
Loki and Thor had seemingly established a middle ground after years of animosity, ending when Loki was slain in Avengers: Infinity War. Although he is presumed dead in the main MCU, he lives on in a parallel existence.
In a conversation with Empire last year, Hiddleston described the Thor films as a family story, saying that they spoke about the ‘diametric’ contrast between Thor and Loki and dualism and enmity is a book that maybe should stay closed for the time:
“WE TALKED ABOUT THE THOR MOVIES AS A FAMILY SAGA, AND THE DIAMETRIC OPPOSITION BETWEEN THOR AND LOKI AND DUALITY AND ANTAGONISM BEING A BOOK THAT PERHAPS SHOULD REMAIN CLOSED FOR THE MOMENT”
The Loki actor further went to state that everything there is to know about these brothers has been uncovered:
“WE HAVE EXPLORED ABOUT AS MUCH AS WE CAN ABOUT THESE TWO BROTHERS.”
Since the storyline between Thor and Loki is concluded, the prospect of Tom Hiddleston appearing in Thor 4 or any other MCU film anytime soon seems exceptionally dim. However, from what we have seen in the trailer, Love and Thunder is about to bring back the lightning.
Below, we see the Greek gods catch Thor and bring him before Zeus and the rest of the pantheon. They blasted away Thor’s hooded cloak and garments in a comical spectacle. The clever scenario stripped the enraged god of thunder of his garments, revealing him in all his naked splendor. Even his butt was censored in the trailer. However, whether or not it will be in the finished film is still up in the air.
In the same image, though, if you look closely enough, you can see a tattoo of Loki’s helmet on Thor’s back. The god of thunder immortalized his brother’s memories on his skin by adding the words “RIP Loki” in cursive above the design.
While Loki will presumably be absent from the film, he will be memorialized in a touching and humorous moment between brothers via a tattoo. For this reason, Loki appears in the movie, albeit only as a tattoo on Thor’s back. Moreover, we stress again that the real Loki may not appear in the film due to his preoccupation with his own Disney+ series plot.