EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hiddleston discusses Loki's role in 'The Avengers'

Sunday, 01 May 2011 14:02 Written by  Jami Philbrick
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EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hiddleston discusses Loki's role in 'The Avengers'

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about the ending of Thor, please be advised.

When Marvel Studios first announced their plans to bring the Marvel Universe to the big screen, many fans were skeptical. After all, this would involve launching four different successful franchises and then bridging them into one cohesive film. But with Iron Man, and The Incredible Hulk previously released, Thor opening in theaters on Friday, Captain America: The First Avenger scheduled for release on July 22nd, and The Avengers currently in production, say what you will but it looks like the people at the "house of ideas' have actually managed to pull it off.

With The Avengers line-up pretty much already locked, one question still remains ... who will be the villain? While there have been rumors of the filming having more than one villain, it's previously been announced that Tom Hiddleston's Loki will be one of them. But as you will see at the end of Thor, Loki may not look exactly like Tom Hiddleston in The Avengers.

ADDITIONAL SPOILER WARNING.

In classic Marvel tradition there is a final scene after the credits that features Sam Jackson's Nick Fury speaking with Stellan Skarsgard's Dr. Erik Selvig about the Cosmic Cube, a recently discovered item with untold power. It is then revealed that, after the conclusion of the film, Loki was transported to Earth and is now possessing Dr. Selvig. This makes you wonder just how much of Loki's role in The Avengers will be played by Tom Hiddleston and how much will be played by Stellan Skarsgard?

I had a chance to sit down and speak with Tom Hiddleston today while he was out doing press for Thor. I took the opportunity to grill the actor about his role in The Avengers, if he will be sharing it with Stellan Skarsgard, the film's other villains, the script, a little about the plot, the team's official line-up, and exactly when he begins sooting his scenes. Here is what the talented actor had to say:

FINAL SPOILER WARNING.

To begin with, the end credit scene in Thor acts as a teaser to The Avengers, and we can see from that scene that you are now possessing Dr. Selvig. So are you physically going to be playing Loki in The Avengers or will you be sharing the role in a sense with Stellan Skargard?

Hiddleston: See this is where there could be some kind of assassin sitting and waiting to shoot me. Well you are on to something. You have seen that tag and you are on to something. So Loki can mind control people but there are certain things that Loki has to do himself. So I wouldn’t say that it is all going to be Stellan.

So we will see Tom Hiddleston as Loki in The Avengers?

Hiddleston: Tom as Loki is in The Avengers, I can guarantee that.

Are you the main villain or are there others that you are working with?

Hiddleston: Well this is the first time I’ve had to talk about it because for so long I was asked to not say anything. You are the first to ask me, you won’t be the only one, but you are the first. Loki has big, big plans and it’s going to take more that just Thor to stop him this time.

Are those plans coming out of the ending of Thor, was that an origin movie for Loki in a way?

Hiddleston: The action of Thor is as much an origin story for Loki as it is for Thor. I think the Loki we see in The Avengers is further advanced. You have to ask yourself the question: how pleasant an experience is it disappearing into a wormhole that has been created by some kind of super nuclear explosion of his own making? So I think by the time Loki shows up in The Avengers he’s seen a few things.

Will The Avengers explain what happened to Loki in the time between the actual end of Thor and the beginning of the end credit scene?

Hiddleston: There absolutely are references to what happened to him. There are references to where he’s been, and what he’s been doing.

Have you read the entire script to The Avengers yet, and if so, what did you think?

Hiddleston: Dude it’s absolutely amazing let me just tell you. I read the script again the other day and Joss Whedon has written the most extraordinary template of a film for this to happen. I feel like he has balanced it so well. All the different elements you want from all the different colors and flavors of each character are in there. Arguably seven not just four characters are in this and I think Joss has made a virtue of that potential unbalance. These are seven big egos, and I’m referring to the characters not the actors. They all want to be the alpha male, or in Black Widow’s case the alpha female. So he has made a virtue of that by having them all compete for the top dog slot. And while they are all fighting each other Loki can get to his business. Look it’s Hulk, Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury. What more can you ask for?

When do you begin shooting your scenes for the film?

Hiddleston: I start in about ten days. It’s already started filming. It started last Monday, April the 25th. Chris (Hemsworth) and I, as soon as Thor is up and running and out in the world, we’ll be out to New Mexico with the rest of them. I’m so excited man. I feel like I’ve built the character now, I’ve built the house and in a way doing a second film is like getting to take credit for it.

Finally, did you have any idea when you signed on to do Thor that you would also be in The Avengers as well?

Hiddleston: I knew it would be more than just Thor but I didn’t know for sure. If I had sucked in Thor then Kevin Feige would have said, “Tom thank you very much and we never want to see you again.” So in a way it’s a huge compliment and I’m very pleased to at least be asked back to the playground. 

Thor opens in US theaters on Friday. 

The Avengers in scheduled for release on May 4th, 2012.




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