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It’s clear that Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to cover a lot of ground in the Marvel Universe, literally and figuratively. Shots from the trailer seem to indicate there will be scenes in New York City, scenes in Europe, and flashbacks with a pre-Cap-sicle Steve Rogers. Ultron will be in the movie, along with probably Baron Von Strucker and possibly (and it seems really likely) Andy Serkis as Ulysses S. Klaw. How much more could you fit in one flick? Well according to actor Idris Elba who played Heimdall in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, at least just a little bit more.

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Elba tells the Telegraph in an interview about both his acting and music careers that both Elba and Tom Hiddleston will be appearing in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“I’m in Avengers…And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth [who plays Thor] and Tom Hiddleston [Loki] , and they’re like, ‘Aren’t you [meant to be] in Ibiza?'”

This raises a lot of questions. If Elba is appearing in a scene with both Hemsworth and Hiddleston, does this mean Thor will learn that Loki secretly faked his death and usurped the throne of Asgard? Will we learn exactly what happened to Odin in Thor: The Dark World? Or will this scene not be particularly important to the overall Age of Ultron plot? Will it maybe just be a scene setting up exactly how and why Thor travels to Earth?

As to whether or not Hiddleston will be appearing as faux-Odin, it should be remembered that so far there’s no indication that Sir Anthony Hopkins is a part of Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s cast. Of course, the fact that we’re just learning about Elba’s appearance now is indicative of how quickly that could change.

Regarding whether the involvement of these particular Asgardians will mean more for the plot, it’s interesting to note a couple of things. First, the extended trailer included a shot of Loki’s sceptre from Avengers which may be a clue. Second, even if Hiddleston’s presence doesn’t have a significant impact on Age of Ultron‘s plot, there are clues that it could have something to do with the larger story of the Marvel cinematic universe.

The post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World – in which Volstagg and Sif bring the Aether to The Collector – seems full of evil promise. Because, of course, if you stop to think about it, it wasn’t Odin who sent Volstagg and Sif to The Collector. It was Loki. And why would Loki – a guy who craves power as much as any Marvel baddie, and who in at least one film had Thanos as his benefactor – send an Infinity Stone away from himself and into the hands of that creepy eccentric with bleached hair?

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We know Loki will play an important role in Avengers: Infinity War. Could it be that Loki is still working for Thanos and might be side-by-side with Captain Purple in the third and fourth Avengers flick? I guess we’ll learn soon enough (though it never feels soon enough).

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