The Past, Present & Future of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated November 10th, 2013 at 7:21 pm,

Thor 2 The Dark World Loki Closeup Kurse 570x235 The Past, Present & Future of Tom Hiddlestons Loki [Updated]

[Update: By now you’ve likely seen Thor: The Dark World which is currently in theaters and now we have a greater idea of where Loki is headed to in the future. Reading ahead will subject you to spoilers for Thor 2.]

In the final months leading up to the early international release of Thor: The Dark World extra sequences were shot to give Tom Hiddleston more screen time, specifically the scene at the beginning where Odin (Anthony Hopkins) sentences him to life in prison. This was done to give a scene where Hiddleston and Hopkins share the screen (they don’t any other time in the film) and to remind fans or newcomers of what Loki did and why he spends his time in the Asgardian dungeons.

Throughout the course of the film, Thor needs Loki’s help to find another way to the other realms without using the Bifrost/rainbow bridge and out of slight sense of obligation and loyalty to Asgard and his mother Frigga, Loki obliges under threat of death should he betray Thor and friends again. In an interesting twist for moviegoers, the film’s primary antagonist Malekith sees Loki betray Thor and cut off his hand but it is all an elaborate move of deception. Loki genuinely displays concern for Thor and Jane Foster, even saving them. But as always, Loki has the bigger picture on his mind and it’s all a part of his larger plans – to gain a throne.

After Malekith is defeated and Thor is ready to become King of Asgard, he instead chooses to remain on Earth with Jane, choosing to be a protector of Earth and the realms, but not as its king – as least, not yet. This, as it turns out, is the reason Loki fights so hard for Jane Foster to survive, him knowing that Jane would make Thor choose Earth over his Asgardian birthright, leaving the throne vulnerable for takeover. The final scene of the film shows Odin begrudgingly letting Thor leave, although it’s not really Odin at all – Loki has usurped him and is currently the ruler of Asgard under the disguise of Odin.

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Where is the real Odin? Why is Loki willing to lead under someone else’s face and name? What will he do with the power? We’ve heard repeatedly from Tom Hiddleston himself, The Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige that Loki isn’t involved at all in the seemingly Earth-only Avengers sequel but we know The Dark World leaves Asgard and its characters in an interesting spot come time for Thor 3 which we expect to see in theaters in 2016. That is where we will see Tom Hiddleston’s Loki once again.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne, Thor stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo, Clark Gregg, Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore, Tadanobu Asano, Joshua Dallas and Joe Gatt.

Alan Taylor directs Thor 2 off of Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s screenplay. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

Iron Man 3 is now available on home video, Thor: The Dark World is currently in theaters, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.


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  1. Is Clark Gregg really going to be in it?

    • That was the cast list for Thor, not Thor: The Dark World. Ugh duhhhhh ! :)

    • Yes, I do believe he is going to be in it. No one said he died in Avengers, Fury needed something to unite the Avengers.

      And who knows what other Avengers were on board, we only saw the ones that we have known to that point.

      Makes you wonder now.

      • They didn’t say it but we all saw it. Agent Coulson is dead.

        • If I remember correctly, I believe when Fury tell Hill about Coulson, she says she’s sending a medic crew, Fury says they’ve already arrived and they called it…meaning he was dead. So, it was told to the Avengers and the audience that Coulson was dead.

  2. “There’s been some talk of multiple villains in this movie, but I think you can do it on your own,”

    Wow, what an incredible compliment to receive as an actor.
    I CAN NOT wait for Thor 2. The new set pics look like a LOTR style movie!

  3. How is Tom Hiddleston not doing more movies? Isn’t he supposed to be on some kind of “Fassbender-like” run where he’s in every movie you see?

    • he’s doing a TON of movies, as well as stuff for BBC. IMDB is your friend.

      • Thanks for the heads-up but after looking at the list it’s all TV movies and one about vampires, although the cast is great, a vampire movie isn’t what he should be doing. Although…. I had a look at Fassbenders roles after ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and he wasn’t exactly “box-office gold”. He did Centurion, Jonah Hex, a video game voice and a short movie. This basically invalidates my argument.

        • Tom also has “Black Wings Has My Angel” coming up.

          And “The Hollow Crown” was not just some “TV movie”, but an incredible Shakespeare adaptation by BBC, where Tom did an amazing job as Prince Hal/Henry V.

          Also the vampire movie has indeed a great cast (Tilda Swinton just to mention one) and the director is Jim Jarmusch, so it’s not gonna be any “twilight-esqe” crap. And I am very much looking forward to that.

          Now Tom’s shooting Thor: TDW… he’s literally moving from set to set (he went to the set of Thor as soon as he was done with the Jarmusch shooting, and he’s gonna do Black Wings when Thor is done)… I don’t think it’s physically possible to do more movies, especially since he has the leading role in 2 out of the 3 upcoming films.

          He also likes variety, so he doesn’t just wanna do blockbusters, which is understandable I think. He doesn’t want to be stuck with one type of character by doing the same kind of big Hollywood movies all the time. Some actors do want more than just good box-office numbers.

  4. I like Loki. He was always one of my favorite Gods. I always feel for the bad guys, they never get any good press. Tom Hiddleston really did a great job on making Loki real.

  5. Wonder how big of a role will loki have in sequel :0.

    • That’s sort of what I’m wondering too since there are so many new players in the game now. I think he’ll have quite a bit less screen time but a much larger presence when there.

    • I have a feeling Loki would help them in a way just to meet his own needs but his presence will probably be felt in one way or another.

      I’m sure Thanos wants him if Loki’s staff had the Gem from the Infinity Gauntlet (dose anybody know what that gem is, i don’t know im just guessing that its from the Infinity Gauntlet). He definitely wont have as big a part as he will in Thor 2

      Speaking of Thor 2, it would depend how his character is in that as well, What if he does :O

      • Dies* Screen rant should have edit text XD i make so many mistakes lol.

        • Relax, your mistakes make you human, and I for one am glad there are no Grammar Police.

          If people did not make mistakes in this world, there is no way in hell Jersey Shore, Toddlers and Tiaras would be on TV!

      • If it is a Gem from the Infinity Gauntlet (which is my suspicion) then it is the Mind Gem

    • IMBd says it’s a small role, unfortunately :(

  6. Tom Hiddleston did an amazing job as Loki in the avengers and Thor, looking forward to Thor: the dark world. I hope he returns in the avengers 2.

  7. He seems like such a nice and genuine person.

    • I second that. He’s a terrific actor, evidently a very smart and dedicated guy but more importantly, he just seems like a really cool dude…

      • And he, more than anyone else in these movies, just seems absolutely thrilled to be in them. He always has nice things to say about the genre and everyone else involved.

  8. Now one thing the I have questions about the MCU (one of many) is what happened to Red Skull? It seems as though he went to an Asgardian looking realm and all of his connections to the Cosmic Cube he seemed destined to be attached to the Avengers but that never happened. Is he dead? Is in he Asgard or Hel? So many question

    • i’m sure we will find out in one of the upcoming sequels. i remember reading that hugo weaving was getting tired of doing all these block-buster films, but i’m sure he doesnt mind when he gets that huge paycheck…anyway, i think we will see RS in T:TDW or CA:TWS. i don’t think they (marvel) are just going to leave his story just hanging. and if hugo don’t want to do it, anyone can be RS

      • I’m not so sure anymore man…
        They’ve been leaving the Leader “hanging” for 4 years, so I’m starting to think that the Red Skull will be joining that club if something doesn’t happen soon.

        I can’t really see him fitting in with the Thor film, but there are definitely ways he can be brought back in Cap 2… and I’m pretty sure that those “multiple villains” Whedon spoke about included the RS, so maybe there’s a small chance for a future Avengers appearance as well.

    • Weaving likely won’t be coming back but it would be a huge shame not to have the character back.
      It would have been very cool if he had been advising Thanos at the end of The Avengers…

  9. Tom Hiddleston is such a great actor. I can’t wait to see him in Thor: The Dark World and I hope he’ll be in Avengers 2 as well. One of the best comic book movie villains ever!

  10. His evil smile is so spot on, perfect Loki smile. They gotta bring the fur lining to his costume for thor 2

  11. What I’m really interested here is this quote: “Loki’s story arc will explore new territory as Hiddleston’s character will show his sensitive side on his path to acceptance and redemption …” I’m wondering if that will really be the case. I’m really hoping for redemption in some form but it would also be just as satisfying to see him go deeper into the darkness. Anyways can’t wait to see more of Hiddleston’s amazing performance as Loki. Hiddleston is an amazing actor, great looker, and seems like a genuinely nice guy.

    • I completely agree. Tom gives Loki a duality which I rarely see in antagonists. These days it’s the “I’m bad and bad to the core” approach that writers utilise more often, but Loki has this internal conflict that just surfaces at emotional intervals, which is really good. I do hope they go down a “redemption” path, or maybe a “too late to be saved but sincerely regrets everything”.

      Whatever way they take Loki’s character, I’m sure Tom will do justice to it.

      :mentally imagining Loki’s lullabye:

  12. Tom since THOR apart from the Jim Jarmusch art house vampire film mentioned above has been doing some amazing work.He was recently in a TV production the Hollow Crown, a compilation Shakespeare’s Henry IVth part 1/2 and Henry Vth as part of the Olympic celebrations. His performance was mesmerising and he recieved excellant as many reviews.Plus he has also worked with Woody Allen and Spielberg.I do get the impression that he likes to play a variety of charctor types and why not he has an impressive range.

    I love the idea of a redemptive phase for Loki and he has the acting skills to slide in and out of atonement and psychopatic mania and make it convincing

    • Dude, learn how to use a comma! :)

  13. Thanks for posting this interview. I think Tom Hiddleston is a great actor and did a fantastic job as Loki in the Avengers. He really puts a lot of thought in his characterizations. I’m really looking forward to his upcoming work. I can’t get enough of him! lol

  14. Redemption path? Or road to ruin? Damn, that’s a tough choice. It’s gotta be both ‘cuz Loki’s the god of mischief, so he’ll always go back & forth with being “well-behaved” & then going on causing chaos ‘cuz that’s what he does! And I have a feeling that Loki’s gonna be lying a lot in the next Thor movie with that silver-tongue of his.

  15. I hardly drop remarks, however i did some searching and wound up here The
    Past, Present & Future of Tom Hiddleston

  16. I just want more Loki!

  17. Gosh. Enough LOki please. It’s getting old and boring. Explore other characters.

  18. Well, like it or not, Loki is the best thing for the Thor franchise, and Marvel boss thinks Loki is the big bad for MCU, so they won’t let Loki go.

  19. I don’t think Loki has done anything to Odin. He simply impersonated him in front of Thor. Now with Thor gone, he can impersonate Thor and accept the throne from Odin as Thor. Is that plausible? Does Loki desire the throne enough to accept it as someone other than himself?

  20. I like the idea of Loki impersonating Odin with Thor and then impersonating Thor with Odin, very Loke-esque. He will eventually have to have to reveal himself as king, though. The thing Loki craves is recognition of his power and he can’t get that impersonating someone else. As far as Tom Hiddleston goes, he has been GREAT in everything he does. His Shakespeare is wonderful. By the way, he is on stage right now in London in the title role in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, getting rave reviews and the entire run is sold out.