Tom Hiddleston on ‘Thor: The Dark World’ Reshoots; New Loki Poster Revealed

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The best superheroes are defined, to some extent, by tragedy in their lives and how they respond to said trauma, which explains why Loki, God of Mischief (Tom Hiddleston), in Marvel’s Thor has gone on to become (essentially) the comic book movie studio’s second most popular character behind Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Thor’s adopted sibling has enjoyed the most Shakespearean arc of anyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, as his journey from (relative) innocence to insanity and tyranny continues up the steep hill to redemption in this fall’s sequel, Thor: The Dark World.

Loki’s popularity, coupled with Hidleston’s potent and charming performance in the role, explains why the on-again/off-again antagonist has been featured so heavily in the marketing for The Dark World to date; not to mention, the rich dramatic material inherent to his struggles will be explored in even greater depth in the film, now that reshoots have taken place to incorporate more Loki-oriented scenes in the Thor sequel (among other necessary additions to the movie… presumably).

Hiddleston, who appears in the upcoming vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive from one of the the indie-est of indie filmmakers out there, Jim Jarmusch, spoke to The Huffington Post about reshoots on Thor: The Dark World and revealed that some of the material being added to the movie is based on a pitch that he’d made to Marvel President Kevin Feige before principal photography had gotten underway. As the actor put it:

“Well, the thing about Kevin Feige is he’s very, very open and collaborative. And he and Louis D’Esposito, who run the studio — I find it very admirable that they’re open to ideas. Possibly more now than they would have been the first go-around. Chris Hemsworth and myself have lived inside these characters for two movies now and we’ve been inside every scene and we know what works and we know what doesn’t works. And also, we know what we’ve done and what we shouldn’t try to repeat. Because that was the great sort of fire underneath myself was not wanting to take anything for granted or just put the old recipe in the microwave, you know? And try and find new things for the characters to do — new iterations of the relationship between Thor and Loki. And Kevin was really open to that. I remember as we were conceiving of the shape of the film, Kevin and [director] Alan Taylor were really open to it, especially because they always talk about the connective aspect of the Marvel universal.”

Check out the latest international poster for Thor: The Dark World, featuring a knife-wielding Loki who somehow looks gaunter than is usual (to say nothing of the questionable alterations to his eye color or the poster composition):

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It’s easy to see how Loki has become as popular as he is, based on Hiddleston’s attitudes towards the character and doing his part to serve the greater MCU. The actor is not only so invested in avoiding repeating or rehashing past success – or reheating “the old recipe in the microwave” as he puts its – that he’s willing to pitch script ideas that get discarded (then later re-inserted), but he even showed up in full costume when he appeared in front of the Hall H crowd at the 2013 International Comic-Con (in order to present never-before-seen footage from the Thor sequel).

In the HuffPo interview, Hiddleston sheds light on how the Comic-Con appearance came to be:

“Well, Kevin Feige, the seed was his. He had called me and said, “What do you think? Robert Downey Jr. danced up the aisle last time.” He said, “Do you feel like maybe coming out in costume and doing a Loki thing right before?” And then there was this conversation, “Well, what would he do?” And then I sort of said, “Well, look, if I’m going to do it, I’ve got to go to the whole hog. I can’t go halfway.” And then I wrote this little monologue which is really a kind of pastiche of other things I’d done in “Avengers.” And then I just sort of improvised it. I’ve got to be honest; I was waiting backstage and I just heard that every single X-Men who has ever walked the earth had been on stage before and I was a little nervous. And I thought Well, hopefully if I just commit to it, it’ll go well. And I thought, I could always get them to chant my name if it doesn’t work. And I walked out, and the very first thing they started doing was chant my name. And that was really surprising. Some old theater actor friends of mine have said that on opening night of a play in the theater, the adrenaline goes through an actor’s body because of the excitement and the terror. And the electric charge of being an actor and the audience is similar to that, which is the experience of going through a car crash. And I felt a kind of adrenaline rush like I’ve never felt.”

There’s also too much of a good thing when it’s not mandatory, which is a big part of the reason why Loki hasn’t been included in one of the more recent script drafts by Joss Whedon for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the other hand, that doesn’t necessarily rule out a last-minute cameo or post-credits appearance (hey Loki-philes dream too)… right?

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Thor: The Dark World opens in U.S. theaters on November 8th, 2013.

Source: The Huffington Post

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  1. Poster says ‘Thor: the Dark Kingdom’? Is that a mistake or a foreign thing?

    • i think its a foreign thing,

      ‘kino’ means cinema or movie in german . . .

    • Yeah, it’s a German Translation.

    • It’s a German poster. The translation for it is “Dark Kingdom”.

      • Darkwing, your name made me do a spit take. Lol

  2. Tom’s Loki performance at Comic Con was awesome.

    • Yes, and the footage of it is worth seeing. Also, listening to him discuss the stunt later without the costume was cool, if rather redundant to his words above. I love how he worked the crowd into a frenzy and then said calmly “it appears I do have any army…”

  3. Ultimate redemption: Loki shows up in Avengers 3 and puts the final dagger into Thanos

    • That would be so ultimate!! I wanna see that!!

  4. There is a theory that I have been forming for a few nights now, i do not know if someone has pointed it out yet or no, but I just got a hint of it from the second trailer. I think there is going to be some kind of a Time-warp scenario involved in the plot of this movie. I mean I don’t know if anyone noticed that there are two incarnations of Loki during incarceration. There was the one we saw in the end of the first trailer, and then there is the second much different appearance when he stands in the prison and explodes things in the second trailer.

    SO they might be playing with an alternate time-line thingy, especially when in the second trailer Jane and friends are shown looking at some kind of device with the red-glow, and the dialogue ” the fabric of reality will be torn apart” is heard in Jane’s voice, which is usually an allusion to accidental reversion of events, or simple good old apocalypse.

    They did a surprising thing in IronMan3, they turned a villain into a caricature and non-villain and made a character with a personal vendetta this dangerous villain.

    I think what they are going to do in this make the Personal vendetta carrying antagonist(LOKI) in to a possible anti-hero and then turn the seemingly personal and evil Villain(Malekith) to be a justified antagonist, while Thor, the Hero’s road is filled with infamy and confusion and the discovery of how loyalties can really be tested for once, which may reconcile him with his estranged brother, but at a loss of something extremely vital. And with the stability of time and reality becoming a slippery thing. As it might have, or should have become for Loki when he fell into the wormhole at the end of Thor. I think this is actually what ‘The Dark world’ in the title refers to. When the sun of loyalty and bravery and nobility is no longer shining on Thor and he is questioning himself and everyone and loses the certainty regarding the rightness of his decisions.

    I think this is the ‘different’ Tom keeps alluding to in his interviews. I think this is why there is a match up between Thor and Malekith in 2-3 different places. I think this is what involves and is the centering point in Thor and Jane’s arc. There is going to be a time-warp/ alternate time-line scenario involved in this, and it makes me double excited. I would love to see this happening. I would love to see Loki’s actions redeemed, even if a little bit in Thor’s eyes. I would love to see a good conclusion to Jane’s character. And I would love to see the complexity and magic, a time-warp situation can bring to it all.
    Can’t wait to see the movie!

    • it seems you spent a serious amount of time thinking about this, and it sounds very interesting :)

      • *embarrassed*
        Yea, it has been in my head for a few days… And when I sat down to get it out of my head… it took a life of its own..Sorry!

        • Don’t apologize!

          I think we all end up doing this. You can only spend so much time of the day thinking about work.

          • Work suxx.

    • So would that be something that might come from Thanos using the Infinity Gauntlet?

      • There is that possibility, but it is far-fetched, because I do not think they are showcasing Thanos in this movie, unless Malekith is working under Thanos out and out. I think it will happen as a result of different circumstances. Does anyone know what exactly Jane is looking at in the second trailer at around 1:45, which is immediately followed by the words ‘the fabric of reality will be torn apart’ ?

    • Cool ideas! If you are right, and multiple possibilities/universes/instances are even momentarily central to the plot, it might make for a great way to deal with the expected road to redemption for Loki. Imagine if Thor could slip between these realities, forthe sake of discussion, and trusts or forgives Loki only to be burned by him again… Wouldn’t it be interesting if one instance of the troubled Loki character doubled down on being a bastard, and another version reconciled with Thor. Not saying have a bunch of Loki running around, but if in one reality he lets his bro down and in another he sees the light it might help define him as a character that is deeply divided rather than good-ish, then evil, then good as many suspect will be the arc. Let us get our hopes up for redemption, wonder a bit, then dash those hopes only to have a do over in the form of another Loki. There are kinks to work out, but I like the idea more than simple redemption. Anyway….

      • Yes, that is kind of what I want to see. Dark Asgard, if I remember correctly, was an important arc in the Thor comics yes? So the idea is there already.
        I love your detail about Loki’s role, because that will be the best way to utilize this interesting scenario, two Lokis and Thor divided in two regarding his opinions and his actions.
        I hope they go that deep in this movie since the characters are so well established already. But still, this is an idea. Just a hint, even if I am wrong in my assumption, I am sure they will churn out something really nice.

        • i’m afraid you guys gonna be so much dissapointed :)

          • Highly plausible! Still, it’s fun to toss ideas around with creative people, even if the film can’t match our hopes of quality and complexity. They shoulda hired Heraa as a consultant. There’s no excuse for not delivering a great story with nuanced characters, but history tells us that’s no guarantee of a winner. Cross your fingers and sacrifice your goats tothe blood moon! After that its pretty much out of our hands….

  5. Poster is knarly and awesome

  6. Seems like a little too much focus on Hiddleston/Loki when discussing the Thor movies. Don’t know why, but he seems to be discussed a lot more than Hemsworth/Thor.

    • Second most popular marvel character may have something to do with it.

      • Second most popular Marvel “character”…or “villain”?

        Not being into comic books, I don’t know, but he certainly doesn’t come to my mind, or I believe most others, when discussing comic book characters.

        • I think he means from the Marvel movies.
          Ironman is head & shoulders above the other in #1 spot, then Loki #2, Cap America / Thor & the rest are a distance 3rd.

          Heck, Nick Fury is prob more well known than Thor.

          • Thank you.

  7. Well, I guess all the WB/DC conspiracy theory nuts can go back into their caves now, as this should put an end to all the lame/ridiculous “They’re doing re-shoots on Thor because Man of Steel was SO awesome!” nonsense.

    How foolish.

    Thor: A Dark World is going to be the superhero/cbm of the year, hands down.

    • Ouch, that’s a huge leap. Man of Steel had some amazing aesthetics, music, attention to detail. Thor might do better story wise but that’s it.

  8. Re-shoots?!?!??!!!

    {Screenrant Poster] This movie is gonna suck! [Screenrant Poster].

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  10. hello there I would just like to know what the height of Loki is off the Thor the dark kingdom…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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