By Zack Zeigler
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the relationship between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has hit a rough patch that’s escalated beyond sibling rivalry…and that’s putting it mildly.
|Tom Hiddleston stars as Loki in "Thor: The Dark World," on in theaters Nov. 8|
First, Loki illegally seized control of the Asgardian throne and attempted to have Thor killed. When that failed, the trickster roped his brother into a massive war on Earth that saw countless casualties and left New York City in utter ruin. Yet through all of the deceit, Thor continued to believe--perhaps somewhat foolishly, perhaps not--that Loki would eventually come to his senses, realize the error of his ways, and somehow make right all that he had wronged.
“In [‘Marvel’s The] Avengers’ Thor still really cared about Loki,” insists Hiddleston. “And part of the reason [Thor] was there…to protect [Loki]. He was…trying to find the good in him and take him home.”
By the conclusion of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” it was clear Thor had come to understand that the good he sought in Loki simply might not be there to be found. And when we last saw the two on screen, Loki was in custody heading back to Asgard to answer for his crimes. This is where things between the two stand as we gear up for the November 8 release of Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World.” And, according to Hiddleston, it sets the stage for a grittier film that delves deeper into their fractured relationship.
|Loki (Tom Hiddleston) imprisoned in "Thor: The Dark World"|
“We’ve established the [Thor and Loki] characters across two films,” he says. “So it means you can color in more shades with each character. Thor can get darker as a character…[and] it means that Loki can get even more [complex].”
In the trailer, an imprisoned Loki tells Thor, “You must be truly desperate to come to me for help.” Which tells us that Thor must reluctantly ask for a helping hand to keep Asgard safe from the forces of Malekith the Dark Elf (Christopher Eccleston), a masterful and powerful enemy.
“Thor’s attitude has to change, “ explains Hiddleston. “Therefore Loki’s attitude has to change. And [their] relationship to each other--their need for each other--their antipathy, opposition to and from, is constantly changing. These archetypal forces of dark and light…[are] flickering between the two.”
|Loki (Tom Hiddleston) & Thor (Chrsi Hemsworth) reunite in "Thor: The Dark World"|
This circumstance could pit Malekith in a position to be the catalyst that allows Loki to finally redeem himself to his brother, or serve as the splint that deepens their rift. In the comic books, Malekith and Loki didn’t always see eye to eye, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t always follow a strict interpretation of the source material.
“Without saying too much, there’s a degree of mutual recognition [between Loki and Malekith], shall we say,” Hiddleston admits.
“Thor: The Dark World” will be Hiddleston’s third go-around playing Loki. Prior to 2011’s “Thor,” he was predominantly known as a talented theatrical actor. It wasn’t until director Kenneth Branagh invited Hiddleston to audition--and later vouched for his ability to bring the role of Loki to life--that Hiddleston was awarded the part. Of course, he delivered, and two memorable performances later, he’s become as synonymous with the character as Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, or Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson.
“Other people can have their opinion…about where Loki should go, but I’ve lived through every moment,” Hiddleston says. “I’m the only one who’s played him. Other people have written him; other people have [directed] him; other people have framed him; but I know his inside, and that’s really exciting…[and] I have had a bit of input into [the character]. It’s really great.”
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