This Is How Tom Hiddleston Learned About Loki’s ‘Infinity War’ Death
Acclaimed actor Tom Hiddleston is gearing up to play Loki one finale time in the upcoming Disney+ miniseries. At least, we think it will be the last time, but then again, we’ve been tricked before. Hiddleston knows this, and he’s now speaking out about how he learned about his characters real, permanent death in Avengers: Infinity War.
Hiddleston has portrayed Loki in 5 films
Prior to 2011, Hiddleston had been in just two movies. His big break came with Thor, where he first portrayed Loki, the God of Mischief. Hiddleston reprised his role, this time as the primary villain, in the 2012 team-up film The Avengers.
Loki sort of became the supporting character who was constantly switching sides and just wouldn’t leave (much to fans’ delight). Hiddleston played the character again in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, and he’ll also star in his own upcoming Disney+ miniseries, Loki.
Here’s how the actor was cast in the role
Before he was cast as Loki, Hiddleston was seen primarily on stage.He believes that his life has as a theater actor and as a Marvel superhero are “indivisible,” saying, “they actually feed each other.” Case in point? “[Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige first saw me act in a theater,” said Hiddleston in a recent interview with MTV News.
“He came to see Kenneth Branagh about the possibility of him directing Thor,” he recalled (Branagh did, in fact, end up directing Thor.) “I remember him being in the audience and I briefly shook his hand.” The rest is Marvel history.
Hiddleston has thought he was done playing the character many times
As mentioned, Loki has a tendency to disappear (or “die”) and then return. So Hiddleston has been tricked into thinking he was done, just like the audience.” I thought Thor: The Dark World was it. And then there was the change, the sort of altered ending,” said Hiddleston.
He’s referring to the end of the film, where you see that Loki isn’t, in fact, dead as Thor believes, but is impersonating Odin. “The Marvel Universe went off in quite a different direction after that, so I didn’t know if I was ever going to be back,” said Hiddleston.
Here’s how he learned about Loki’s permanent death
Hiddleston does, once again, clarify that Loki is actually dead now. “Infinity War was final,” he says. “The death scene in the beginning of Infinity War, that was really pitched to me two years before we filmed it when I first went to see Kevin [Feige] to talk about Thor: Ragnarok.”
Feige then had Hiddleston meet with Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo. “So they told me, whatever it was, three years ago now, what happened [in] that opening scene. They were like ‘This is how we’re going to start.’ And so I thought, ‘Well, I guess that’s it then,’” said Hiddleston.
What he loves about Loki’s Infinity War death scene
The Russo Brothers weren’t able to assure him at that point that he would play an intriguing part in Avengers: Endgame until later, when the film was being shot. “I knew about the Endgame piece. But I knew in terms of Loki’s journey, the arc was complete at the beginning of Infinity War.”
Hiddleston continued. “And it was very emotional. Josh Brolin was really sweet. He was like, ‘I’m sorry, man.’ But also, bless him. Joe and Anthony were like ‘This is momentous. This is how we’re opening this film. And this is the end of Loki. That’s it. And when I shot it, I thought that was the last, absolutely the last time I would play the character.”