Tom Hiddleston Reveals How ‘Loki’ Series Will Change the Character

With nearly two years to go until we see Tom Hiddleston portray his infamous Marvel Cinematic Universe villain in the Disney+ series Loki, we’re looking for all of the information we can get. While true intel is scarce, the actor is revealing a little about what’s to come for the character in the 2021 miniseries. 

Hiddleston is returning to his most famous role

The actor, who is now known for his miniseries The Night Manager and films like I Saw the Light and Kong: Skull Island, broke out in Hollywood in 2011. His most notable role was as Loki in Thor. And while that could have been the end of his time playing the mischievous god, he reprised the roles in four more Marvel films.

Everyone thought that Loki was toast after Avengers: Infinity War. And he was — or at least, a version of him was. But now, Hiddleston is returning to play the character in an entirely new format.

The actor has a favorite Loki gif

Just like the rest of us, Hiddleston can relate to Loki. In fact, he even has a reaction gif of the character that he likes to use. “There’s a great one which I’ve sent quite a lot, of Loki kind of just putting his head in his hands,” said Hiddleston, demonstrating the action. 

“It’s this sort of exasperated [look], [like] ‘Oh no, this isn’t going to end well.’” He speaks of its versatility, saying that it works for, “delayed trains, canceled flights. It just — it works,” Hiddleston laughs. 

How Hiddleston learned about the series Loki

Hiddleston has known about the series for years. “I knew [about Loki] about six weeks before the worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War, which meant I had to go and do press for Avengers: Infinity War going, ‘Yup, that’s it, guys,’” said Hiddleston. “But I didn’t know what the pitch, the story was.”

Now, fortunately, there’s a lot more that he can spill. “I can share this with you that working with them on what it’s going to be, what the content’s going to be,” said Hiddleston. “What the meat and potatoes of the story’s going to be. The tone, the context, the different challenges. It’s so exciting.”

The show is going to be humorous

As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told fans at the Hall H San Diego Comic-Con presentation in 2019, the series will depict the Loki from 2012 who stole the Tesseract back during the scramble created when the Avengers went back in time to the events of The Avengers in Endgame.

So this Loki is a bit more of a trickster than the one that dies in Avengers: Infinity War, which, in addition to showrunner Michael Waldron coming from a comedy background, means that we’re in a fun ride. “That’s where he starts,” agrees Hiddleston. But the character is going to undergo “a whole other set of challenges” in the series. “It’s really interesting,” he adds.

What Hiddleston likes most about playing Loki now

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Tom Hiddleston of Loki at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019.| Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

“I’ve been playing him for ten years now,” said Hiddleston. “I know this character now. I feel that the audience knows him. And playing him, and playing him truthfully, but presenting him with new challenges which then I’d have to change him in different ways is the most exciting aspect of it.” 

“You’ve got his very specific gifts,” he continued. “His intelligence, his treachery, his mischief, his magic. And then seeing him come up against more formidable opponents, the like of which he has never seen or known…I wish I could tell you what happens, but I can’t. 

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