‘The Avengers’ Video Interview: Tom Hiddleston On The Future Of Loki

Published 3 years ago by , Updated May 5th, 2012 at 8:33 am,

When the sneak-peek scene that followed Thor made it clear that Tom Hiddleston’s fascinating trickster Loki would indeed return as the central villain in The Avengers, no one was more delighted than me. Well, alright, I imagine Hiddleston himself may have been more than a little bit pleased with the news.

Joss Whedon’s The Avengers does not fail the character that Hiddleston had initially created. It builds on Thor, and as the actor says “magnifies the menace” that is inherently a part of him. We had the opportunity to speak with Hiddleston about the shifts in Loki’s character in The Avengers, where he imagines him going in Thor 2 and if there will ever be a possibility for redemption.

Loki is one of the more interesting antagonists that we have seen in recent years. Firstly, Hiddleston is a tremendous talent who brings a remarkable sense of realism to the larger-than-life role. He has the rare ability to disappear into his characters while still maintaining that connection to the truth of who he is.

Secondly, Thor presented a version of Loki that was strangely relatable. Though he was devious and dangerous he had a childlike quality that made him easy to sympathize with, even as you wished for him to fail in his endeavors. He seemed to be operating from a purely emotional place – an area of his psyche that is trapped in pain. The film paints both he and Thor as, in differing ways, stuck in a state of arrested development. Loki has no tools or recourse to deal with his anguish, and as a result, can do little more than lash out.

This issue, of course, is that these are very powerful beings throwing the tantrums of a two-year-old.

More than that, as a viewer you get the sense that Loki is operating purely in the moment; as much as he has a plan, you feel that he may change his mind and shift if someone were just to find the right words with him. That idea is communicated purely via the strength of Hiddleston’s performance.

avengers loki The Avengers Video Interview: Tom Hiddleston On The Future Of Loki

Make sure to check our our video interviews with Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

Please don’t post any major plot spoilers in the comments of our Avengers interview posts. If you want to chat about the film itself head over to our Avengers spoilers discussion.

The Avengers opens in theaters in the U.S. on May 4th.

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    • f you part of those few fans that didn’t really like Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2, you will want her to get her own film, after you see Avengers!

      That part says volumes! I was one who was skeptical about Black Widow in this movie, but it looks like Whedon has pulled it off. 7 more freaking days!

  1. Was he just finishing a meal at the beginning of the interview… ??? lol

    • I believe he was eating chocolate :)

  2. HIDDLES, I LUV U!! xD

  3. tom hiddleston is truly great actor and thor he truly great loki and the avengers ist is the best loki performance ever and thor 2 play loki again and ge will team-up other vilain to tri over power thor to kill jane foster and to tri to take over earth again as there king again and long will loki as the king as well.

  4. I’ve seen the movie a couple of days ago and I have to say that Tom Hiddleston deserves recognition for his portrayal of Loki. He’s a great great actor and I won’t be surprised if he gets awards or nominations for this role.


    I’m more concerned about the future of Agent Phil Coulson, for anyone else who has already seen the movie. What do you think?

    • Honestly? I think he’ll come back. Seeing as though fury took the cards out of his locker and said ‘they just needed the extra push.”