At this point, nine years into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki is just as much a main-stay as Iron Man or Captain America. Originally appearing in 2011’s Thor, Loki was groomed from the start to be the main villain in The Avengers, just as he was the Avengers first foe in the original comics. Since then, Loki has appeared in Thor: The Dark World, was featured rather heavily in the second trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, and is a confirmed player in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. But who would have known back in 2011 that Loki would become such a fan favorite and appear in at least five MCU entries? Not Tom Hiddleston, the actor who portrays him.
Hiddleston expressed his surprise over the longevity of the character to Times of India:
“Every time I play Loki, the challenge is to find new ways of playing him, it is a source of constant surprise to me that I’m still here. I never expected that when I started playing him. I feel a huge responsibility to deliver the character people know, even though it’s been four years since I last played him, and also to try to take him in new directions.”
Yes, it has been four years since Thor: The Dark World, the last film in which Loki appeared. Hiddleston went on to explain his relationship with the character:
“I’ve spent six or seven years of my life trying to get to the bottom of what exactly it is that he wants. When he seems to get close to what he wants-power, acceptance, belonging-he changes direction. I think that is the thing that keeps him interesting in a way. He’s cunning and transformative and changeable, and will do everything he can to survive. He’s the trickster. He’s the God of mischief.”
Even six years after the release of Thor and five years after Loki’s starring turn in the The Avengers, he remains one of the strongest villains in the MCU, if not the best. He is certainly a fan favorite at this point, which may be one of the reasons Marvel has been so keen to keep him around. Based on Hiddleston’s comments, it doesn’t sound like this was always the plan, at least not to his knowledge.
Are you tired of Loki yet, or do you constantly hunger for more? Are you surprised we are still seeing the character all these years after he was defeated… twice? Let us know in the comment section below!
Loki returns again in Thor: Ragnarok, out November 3, 2017.
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SOURCE: Times of India