Tom Hiddleston is easily one of the best things about the Marvel universe, with his comical and complex creation of the character of Loki of Asgard. And while the actor previously denied he would be involved in the upcoming Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, that may just have been another trickster trick.
It seems the British actor, who turns 34 today, was asked to make himself available for recent reshoots on the blockbuster flick. Two weeks were set aside in January 2015 to add more action to the piece, so the main cast had to be ready to get back on set and into costume.
This comes a few months after fellow Brit Idris Elba accidentally mentioned that both he and Hiddleston would be appearing in the film in some capacity. A statement which earned a little (false) ire from writer/director Joss Whedon.
Of course it would be nice to have these moments remain as secrets but now the cat's out of the bag, the speculation begins. It's interesting that Elba confirmed the appearance, especially as both characters are (as of the timeline of Thor 2) in Asgard. In fact, going by that storyline, Loki is currently masquerading as his 'father' Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, after fooling everyone into thinking he's dead.
It's likely the full fallout from that reveal will be left for 2017's Thor: Ragnarok but maybe Elba'sHeimdall character gets a hint at the secret early, perhaps in one of Marvel's patented post-credit sequences?
We'll have to wait and see.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in cinemas on the 23d of April 2015