We all knew Loki was the God of Mischief, but the man who plays the manipulating shapeshifter, Tom Hiddleston, is just as good at lying. Ever since Kevin Feige announced a Loki series in the works, Hiddleston played it off as a surprise.
“It is a constant source of surprise and delight that these films have connected with people,” said Hiddleston. “I knew he was a complex figure. Intelligent yet vulnerable. Angry and lost and broken and witty. I thought it was an amazing opportunity and it’s grown into this network of movies. I could never have expected it.”
Turns out Hiddleston was kept in the exclusive inner circle with Feige for quite some time about the news. “I knew about six weeks before the worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War. Which meant I had to go and do press for Avengers: Infinity War going, ‘Yup, that’s it guys,'” said Hiddleston.
Hiddleston’s first portrayal of Loki was in 2011’s Thor.
“I know this character now. I feel that the audience knows him. And playing him — and playing him truthfully, but presenting him with new challenges, which then I’d have to change him in different ways, is the most exciting aspect of it,” said Hiddleston. “You’ve got his very specific gifts. His intelligence, treachery, his mischief, his magic, and then seeing him come up against more formidable opponents, the like of which he has never seen or known. I wish I could tell you what happens, but I can’t.”
Disney+ offers unlimited opportunities for Feige to expand upon the MCU.
“Another exciting thing about being at this place at this time and goes back to the amount of characters we have and the amount of stories we could tell… When we announced ten movies and people asked ‘Well what about these other things?’ the previous stance would be ‘We only have a certain number of slots to make movies per year.’ That’s still true but we have another outlet that I think will be very unique and very special,” explained Hiddleston.
Loki will premiere in spring of 2021 on Disney+.