It’s no secret that the role of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has propelled Tom Hiddleston to stardom. The actor was busy on the British stage before his mentor Kenneth Branagh cast him as the misunderstood God of Mischief.
Earlier on in the films, Loki’s character had a very different trajectory.
Hiddleston recently did a podcast with Chris Hewitt from Empire, called Life as Loki and talked about how things could have gone very different for Thor’s adopted brother.
Fans will recall at the end of Thor: The Dark World the two brothers were battling Malakeith on Svartalfheim when he ‘died’. In the post-credit scene, we see him on the Asgardian throne pretending to be Odin.
Hiddleston said “Loki’s death on Svartalfheim was written as a death and I would say Chris and I played that scene for real. That was meant to be that. He redeemed himself. He helped save his brother, he helped save Jane Foster but that he, in the process, sacrificed himself. It was part of the original pitch and in test screenings, the audience didn’t accept it”.
“They said, ‘He’s obviously coming back, that didn’t really happen’. And there was a very strange and almost unanimous resistance to it. They decided that wasn’t the end.” Hiddleston explained.
Hiddleston went on to revise the role in Thor: Ragnarok giving some classic moments, including the scene ‘Get Help’ which the two actors improvised. Director Taika Waititi told Empire last year that the scene, which has spawned memes and is a widely used gif, was created by Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth.
But the more important question surrounds Infinity War.
Loki’s character arc in the MCU has been an incredible ride for Hiddleston, and there are countless discussions about the Shakesperean Tragic nature of his actions to date. Including the latest turn out for Loki – Avengers: Infinity War.
Loki has already died once, played Odin, morphed between showing the depth of his feelings to betraying those around him. Is this truly the end of The God Of Mischief?
I guess we need to wait until Avengers 4 answers all those questions we have.
Until then internet, let your theories abound!
Avengers: Infinity War is currently in cinemas.