Marvel Studios' THOR: RAGNAROK..Loki (Tom Hiddleston)..Ph: Teaser Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Tom Hiddleston has been the signature villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. After first appearing as Loki in 2011’s Thor, he was back a year later to take on each of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in The Avengers. He went on to reprise the role in both Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.

He’s back again in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War for his fifth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would have been his sixth, but the bit he shot for Avengers: Age of Ultron was left on the cutting room floor.

So what’s it like comitting to play the same role so many times? As Hiddleston tells Hey U Guys, it’s hard to say since it was something he planned.

“That’s not a choice I’ve made, because what’s sort of accidental about Loki is that when I joined the Marvel Universe, there was no Marvel Universe. I mean there was, but it was much smaller than it is now. I’ve been so grateful to be a part of it. I think that Marvel had only made the first Iron Man when I was cast as Loki and they were in the middle of making Iron Man 2 and now, the Guardians [of the Galaxy] and Captain America and Black Panther and Spider-Man’s coming. I’m just lucky to be there. It’s not a choice I’ve ever actively made.”

You’ll have to forgive Hiddleston for not remembering Marvel Studios had also made The Incredible Hulk, as it is forgotten so often. Hiddleston signed a multi-film contract, so he obviously knew there was the potential he would play the character several times, but actors rarely assume any movie they make is going to be a hit and trigger the remaining films on their contract.

As fortune as Hiddleston may feel to be part of the MCU, Marvel Studios and their fans have to feel just as lucky. Hiddleston has turned in a handful of great performances and gone above and beyond for Loki’s adoring fans. He gave 6,500 fans inside Hall H and millions more following along from home a moment they’ll never forget when he appeared on stage and in full costume at San Diego Comic-Con in 2013.

Just make sure you appreciate Hiddleston as Loki while we’ve still got him, as his chances of surviving Avengers: Infinity War may not be so great.