Tom Hiddleston isn't done with 'The Avengers'
May 9th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Tom Hiddleston isn't done with 'The Avengers'

After two movies playing Thor's villainous brother Loki - most recently in the record-breaking blockbuster "The Avengers" - Tom Hiddleston says the chances are "very high indeed" that the character will return in "Thor 2." (As for the just-announced "Avengers" sequel, that's still anyone's guess.)

The actor's fan base - the "Hiddlestoners" - has grown exponentially since "Thor" and "War Horse," and audiences raving about the film have seen that Hiddleston was up to the task of taking on multiple superheroes.

But out of all of them, he particularly enjoyed going toe-to-toe with Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow.

"I loved playing the scene where Loki is imprisoned in the 'cage' on the Helicarrier, and Black Widow pays him a visit," he told CNN. "Scarlett Johansson played some amazing tennis that day."

And, seeing that he's part of one of the biggest superhero movies of all time, it doesn't hurt that Hiddleston has a special place in his heart for the genre, having written an op-ed about it in the U.K.'s Guardian: "My intention was to celebrate [superhero movies], as opposed to defend them. I feel strongly about superhero films because they are a great source of joy for a great many people."

Hiddleston is also looking forward to this year's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises." Rather than seeing them as box office competition, he said, "I hope they do fantastic business."

But back to supervillains: Hiddleston has now taken a place alongside Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem daFoe and Alfred Molina as one of the best known big screen baddies.

"I think a good villain is a character that, no matter how dark and anarchic, an audience can somehow relate to," he said. "The motivations and psychology need to be accessible, no matter how imbalanced."

Hiddleston knew his job was done as a villain when (spoiler alert) Loki was thrown around like a rag doll by the Hulk, due to the "volume and intensity of the laughter" during that scene at the movie's first premiere.

Hiddleston also gives a lot of credit to director Joss Whedon for the success of the film.

"He's interested in the exact opposite of cliché," he said. "His natural instincts are to subvert and invert the convention; turn it on its head; surprise people. Because that's what life is like. Life is eternally full of plot twists and surprises. Movies should be like that, too."

As for those hardcore Hiddlestoners, many of them know him for (or are currently seeking out his work in) BBC costume dramas.

"I am very proud of my work for the BBC, but I never wanted to stay stuck in the past," he said. "Loki has set me free from a particular casting type. But the work is the same. Rigor, discipline, humility, punctuality [and] above all: truthfulness."


soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mira

    @ jesse

    Your case is weak. Many agree that Joss did a brilliant job in the movie, I can’t think of anyone else who could've carried an ensemble leads this well, infused the movie with emotion and great script, dialogue and got you invested in characters in such a short time. Also, where in the movie did they tell a "back story about Black widows love for Hawkeye"? It might've been implied, sure, but there was no telling. Joss works in metaphor. It could go either way.

    @ Really!!!(spoiler alert) - uh, Buffy was on for 7 seasons – Angel did not go on for a few years after Buffy – only one year as it started with Buffy season 4.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mica

    Awesome. I love this guy as Loki.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Christy

    Buffy was television for 7 seasons, not 9. There have been two extra seasons, 8 and 9, in comic books.
    Angel shared the air along with Buffy for three to four seasons.

    I think Hiddleston did do a great job. I think some tend to forget that Loki is the older brother, feeling like the younger brother in his treatment by his father. He's not supposed to be mature in his decisions. That's the whole point of Loki's story.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • exclamation11

      Loki is definitely the younger brother...I'm not 100% familiar with the original Norse mythology, but in the comics he was younger.

      May 11, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aaron Chaney

    Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

    Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. jesse

    Ok, so how exactly was this guy a super villain? 1. He is captured rather easily 2. He only escapes because he tricks his brother, again. 3. After all the hoopla and boring movie script he is beat to a pulp in 5 seconds by Hulk

    So where again was he an awesome super villain?

    Let Whedon stick to Buffy tv shows and hire a real action director next time, with more ambition than to tell a back story about Black widows love for Hawkeye, boriiiiiing!

    May 10, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Really!!!(spoiler alert)

      Ok, so how exactly was this guy a super villain? 1. He (allowed himself to be captured to attack shield from inside thier ship by instigating the Hulk) 2. He only escapes because he tricks his brother, again (Loki is the trickster in mythology and in comics...its what he does and does well). 3. After all the hoopla and boring movie script he is beat to a pulp in 5 seconds by Hulk(ITS THE HULK!!!)

      So where again was he an awesome super villain? (He was great in showing Loki's twisted views and his flawed mental state.)

      Let Whedon stick to Buffy tv shows and hire a real action director next time, with more ambition than to tell a back story about Black widows love for Hawkeye, boriiiiiing!
      (Whedon rocked buffy for 9 seasons and it only continued to get better and also spawned Angel that went on for another few years after Buffy ended. If you had any concept of the characters prior to seeing the movie you would have greatly enjoyed it. My only complaint is that the story line loosely resembled the ultimate avengers animated move, fortunately i did not see the animated movie until after the avengers in theaters =P)

      May 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marney

    Cool guy and yes the hulk smack down was hilarious!

    May 10, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. mikrik13

    The Hulk stole the show. The rag doll smack down was amazing! The audience I saw the movie with were screaming with laughter.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda

    Why o why can't all guys look like him ?

    May 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |

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