Tom Hiddleston Reflects on More Than a Decade Playing Marvel’s Loki

When it comes to Marvel characters who have gone from fan favorite villains to much-loved heroes, Loki stands head and shoulders above all others. After playing the role for over a decade, Tom Hiddleston had a lot of memories and thoughts about his Marvel alter-ego and he shared some of them during an appearance on Variety’s Actors on Actors series with Lily James. Having been one of the few characters to have died once in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but still managed to continue on in his role, Hiddleston accepts that Loki has been a huge part of his life.

After appearing in two Thor movies and multiple Avengers outings, it seemed like Loki’s time was up in Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos killed him in the opening scene. However, thanks to Avengers: Endgame’s time travel adventures, a 2012 version of Loki was able to escape capture by the Avengers and end up with his own TV series on Disney+. Now, as he prepares to start filming the second season of Loki, it is a timely moment to reflect on just how far the character has come. Hiddleston said:

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“Loki’s changed so much over the years for me. I was cast when I was 29, and I’m 41. Initially, with the wigs and the costume, I was always trying to break out of the mask, let something honest come through. By the time we got to the series, Loki’s stripped of all the things that are familiar. Immediately, he’s literally stripped and put in a jumpsuit, and his status is gone. Everyone knows who the character is now. Let’s open him up and find new aspects of him and challenge the character to change and grow.”

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Having started out as a character who flips from the side of good to evil and back again in a heartbeat, Loki has constantly been caught in the middle of a personal battle. During the last decade, fans have always been willing to forgive Loki’s misdemeanors and his redemption in his Disney+ series has only made audiences want more from the God of Mischief. Hiddleston continued:

“I understand the audience sees good in Loki — they want him to get past his internal and external obstacles. They want him to repair that relationship with his brother and step into the hero that he can be. He realizes, ‘Actually, I can choose my path and choose to do the right thing. Or I choose, at least, not to repeat the same old tricks that I repeated over and over in a cycle of trust and betrayal.’ It’s exciting to retain all the characteristics that make Loki, Loki, and at the same time play a slightly different music within him.”

Loki found himself in a bind at the end of the first season of his series, having returned from his encounter with He Who Remains to find the TVA changed and a statue of Kang the Conqueror suggesting that something has gone badly wrong. While this links into the MCU’s multiverse storyline in a big way, there is no telling what will happen in Loki season 2, but we will find out when the series returns next year.