Tom Hiddleston Reveals the Biggest Questions He Wants To Ask Loki

Tom Hiddleston has played Loki for a decade now, so it’s safe to say he knows more than probably anyone about the god of mischief. However, he’s quick to admit that there are a bunch of things that even he doesn’t know about one of Marvel’s most popular antiheroes. 

Because Loki is a shapeshifter that rarely lets the audience know what his long-term aspirations are, it’s easy to understand why it’s so hard to figure out what he values. 

Now that he’s starring in his very own Disney+ series, Loki, Hiddleston has seen more sides of the trickster that he’s never noticed before. In response, he realizes that he’s got a bunch of questions for Loki that he wishes he could ask him. 

Tom Hiddleston says it’s impossible to know what Loki’s motivations are

Tom Hiddleston speaks onstage at Marvel Studios "Thor: The Dark World" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" during Comic-Con 2013
Tom Hiddleston speaks onstage at Marvel Studios “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” during Comic-Con 2013 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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Hiddleston discussed his thoughts about the conflicted character during a recent interview with Vanity Fair, noting that his complex makeup makes it difficult to get a read on him. 

“He has so many different facets, and one of the things I think I’ve found most interesting about Loki [is that] he is a shapeshifter,” Hiddleston said. “He is a quintessential trickster, a mercurial spirit who is flexible and fleet-footed and you can’t pin him down.”

Because it’s nearly impossible to figure out what Loki’s deeper desires are, Hiddleston understands why characters such as Thor have a hard time trusting him. 

“You don’t know whether you can trust him you don’t know what his motivations are,” Hiddleston said. “You don’t know why he’s doing what he’s doing. He’s committing acts of provocation and transgression and disruption, and across the films, actually, Thor is always asking him, ‘What is it you want, Loki? Why? What do you really want?’”

The ‘Avengers’ star has a ton of questions for Loki

Interestingly, after years of playing the mysterious god of mischief, Hiddleston has a bunch of questions that he wishes he could ask Loki. 

“I’ve always asked myself, ‘I wonder what he does want, and I wonder if he even knows’” he said. “And so, the question for me now is, behind all the masks that he wears, is there an authentic self there that he is aware of? Does he even care to know? Is he interested? If he isn’t, is there a situation that might confront him with it? And might that impel any kind of change?”

Hiddleston appreciates how the questions he has for Loki also relate to the human condition on a deeper level. 

“And that in itself is a kind of human question … Can we change? Are we capable of change?” Hiddleston asked aloud. “Do we know who we are, really? Do we think we know who we are? Do we care? All that stuff about identity and self-knowledge is… When you’re playing with a character as complex and rich as Loki’s, it becomes a really interesting, dramatic question for an actor to play with. So I’ve enjoyed that, enormously.”

Loki is now streaming on Disney+