During an onstage Q&A at Wizard Con in Philadelphia this weekend with onscreen brother Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston addressed many things plaguing the minds of fans who haven’t seen him in his most iconic role for a few years. Hiddleston was relatively unknown in many parts of the world until his legendary turn as Loki, God of Mischief and eternal thorn in Thor’s side. Now the two actors are getting ready to strap on the Asgardian raiment once more in what is likely the final installment in the franchise–Thor: Ragnarok.
Hiddleston always approached the villainous Loki with unbridled enthusiasm and commitment, largely why he’s so damned good in the role. It seems this time will be no different. He cheerfully confided that he’s genuinely excited to visit the character once again. In 2013, just after his legendary appearance in full character on stage before hundreds of fans in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con, it seemed Hiddleston and all but his most fervent fans were suffering from some Loki fatigue. Understandable as the character was surpassing his brother in visibility and reception despite the fact that the movies are entitled Thor. Now four years have passed since that appearance and actor and fans alike are ready to welcome the fallen god once more.
Plus, now that Marvel has confirmed the inclusion of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Ragnarok, most of us are holding out for another Battle of the Green as the last time Hulk and Loki crossed paths we got one of the best onscreen altercations ever.
Hiddleston was also confronted with the topic that probably has him blue in the face at this point: whether or not he will become the next James Bond. The poor guy can hardly go a day without the question being flung at him, but as always he handled it graciously and diplomatically, giving nor taking really nothing new away.
Whatever the case where Bond is concerned, Hiddleston has really been spreading his wings since his last turn as Loki, gathering an impressive portfolio of Shakespearean tragedy, decadent horror, biopics and twisted thrillers under his belt. All of that has to affect how he will now approach the role that made him globally famous, and we’re anxious to see just what that outcome will be. While many love Thor we’ve seen him far more recently than Loki. The God of Mischief has arguably become the main draw of the Thor franchise, entirely due to Hiddleston’s flawless take on the character. In fact, he’s now considered to be one of the best villains in the Marvel onscreen pantheon, including those from 20th Century Fox and Sony.
Plus, this time around Loki won’t be losing his identity, in the clutches of the universe’s Mad Titan nor fresh off defeat and imprisoned in chains. He’s been sitting upon the throne of Asgard, posing as his adoptive father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), while his brother has been with his friends “fighting a computer.” What has he been up to resting there so comfortably without his brother’s interference all this time?
Loki and Thor lock horns and hammer once more when Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.
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