That scene in Avengers: Infinity War. You know the one. Loki sacrificing himself essentially. I remember being devastated and then ticked off. Loki dies within the first 10 minutes??? What the heck??? He was just getting good, and we were getting to know him better.
At the Loki Press Conference, Tom Hiddleston was asked what went through his mind when he got a phone call Loki would get his own show. “A combination of delight and surprise, I think is probably the accurate way of describing it, ” Hiddleston answered.
He said that moment in Avengers: Infinity War felt so final. But then in Avengers:Endgame Loki picks up the Tesseract and disappears in a puff of smoke. Hiddleston thought where does he go? When does he go? How does he get there? I had those same thoughts!!
Hiddleston said that Kevin (Feige), Louis D’Esposito, and Victoria Alonso all reassured him that that would be the starting point, um of the series. “And there were so many places we could go. So many possibilities to think about.”
Kevin Feige said his recollection was that they did not know there would be a Loki show during Avengers: Infinity War, but they did know when they shot Avengers: Endgame. But they didn’t know what they were doing with the show yet. So one of his favorite things about Endgame was when people said they forgot to tie up the loose ends with Loki, and he knew there was something more.
Feige said, “It became very exciting to make people wait until we figured out what the show would be.”
“It became very exciting to make people wait until we figured out what the show would be.” -Kevin Feige
Head writer and Executive Producer Michael Waldron said, “I was just thinking Loki is DB Cooper. That’s all I was thinking.” He was excited for the opportunities of chaos and fun as a writer.
One of the things I love about Tom Hiddleston is his humility. He knows how much he owes to fans and writers. He said, “There’s no question the reason I am allowed to continue to play him is because he clearly means so much to so many people and for so many different reasons. And that is incredibly gratifying for me. I see that as a big honor. I think over time, I’ve been made aware of the different things that he represents for people.
Some people enjoy his playfulness and his spontaneity and that inherent sense of mischief that he has.Some people enjoy his kind of quality as an antagonist. Some people probably can’t stand him. I don’t know. But I know there are some people who are drawn to his vulnerability underneath all those layers of charm and charisma and, playfulness is a kind of vulnerability I suppose. A sense of some very relatable human thing about being vulnerable. And I owe that to the writers.”
And now that we’ve seen two episodes of Loki on Disney+, we know that we have seen all those qualities. Tom Hiddleston has given us Loki with such range and emotion, I can’t wait to see more. The Loki reviews have been riddled with praise and deservedly so.
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