As someone who has played the villain in both Thor and The Avengers, nobody knows what it’s like to be a Marvel bad guy better than Tom Hiddleston (A.K.A. Loki, Thor’s spiteful brother).

So when Hiddleston weighed in on Christopher Eccleston’s performance as Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World, we were interested to hear what he had to say.

In a recent interview with Red Carpet News TV (which comes to us via Comic Book Movie), Hiddleston was effusive in his praise of Eccleston and hinted at the complex relationship between Loki and Malekith. Check out the key responses below:

“Christopher Eccleston is one of Britain’s greatest actors, he brings a degree of commitment, intelligence, conviction and complexity to everything he does. I think he really got his teeth into this thing [playing Malekith]. It’s hard to say anything without giving away too much. Christopher has enormous presence, which is very distinguishable on stage as well as film. It’s one of those things you can’t really define, you just can’t stop watching him when he’s on screen. I think he’ll be absolutely magnetic [in the movie]. Malekith has his own ambition. Whether or not Loki can coincide with or contradict, subvert or enhance that ambition remains to be seen.”

Okay, so we can’t read much into this interview because it’s not like Hiddleston is going to bash one of his co-stars. However, the way that Hiddleston hesitated before talking about the relationship between Loki and Malekith raises some interesting questions.

Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and the Dark Elves

As we know from previous reports, Thor 2 will, in part, be about Loki’s redemption following his actions in The Avengers. But as Hiddleston explained in an interview we did last year, Loki isn’t the type of character that’s easy to box in – one way or the other.

“[Loki is] constantly dancing on that tightrope between yielding entirely to his darker instinct and redemption – the hope that one day he can be brought back and be recruited to the side of good.”

The introduction of Malekith the Accursed presents an interesting foil to Loki because, while the characters share similar traits, they cannot both get what they want. For example, Loki wants to punish Thor and take what he deems to be his rightful place as ruler of Asgard. Likewise, there’s no love lost between Thor and Malekith, who is also angling for unlimited power.

At first glance, the two might seem like perfect allies. But if Malekith is working to plunge the Nine Realms into chaos, then he is undermining Loki’s personal ambitions. To put it in cowboy terms, this town just ain’t big enough for the two of them. Needless to say, it will be very interesting to see how Loki, the eternal trickster, deals with someone like Malekith.

Thor: The Dark World is scheduled to be released on November 8th, 2013.

Source: Red Carpet News TV [via Comic Book Movie]