When “Avengers: Endgame” debuted in April 2019, Tom Hiddleston rushed to a local theater to capture the epic conclusion to the superhero saga – just like millions of other Marvel fans at worldwide. According to the June 2021 issue of Emmy magazine, which hits newsstands on June 4, he donned a hoodie and immersed himself in a midnight screening on opening night in London.
Catching every episode of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in theaters has become a bit of a tradition for the English actor after his on-screen alter ego was killed for the second time – he was murdered by Thanos in 2018 “Avengers : Infinity War “after faking his own death in 2011” Thor “.
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“I became a regular movie buff who would see the movies on the opening weekend,” says Tom Emmy in Wonderwall.com’s exclusive first look at the June 2021 issue, adding that “with movies like ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Black Panther’, it felt like the Marvel Cinematic Universe had grown more ambitious and deep , with deeper and richer characters. “
The two-time Emmy nominee – who has brought Loki to the big screen six times so far – was quite ready to say goodbye to the God of Evil after filming his role in “Infinity War” in early 2017.
“The producers were on set my last day, and we had a very sincere farewell,” he recalls. “There were hugs and a ‘Come see us anytime’ and ‘Thank you for your hard work.’ I thanked them for the opportunity and certainly thought, ‘Oh, that’s it.'”
Fortunately for Loki Stan, it was not.
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Tom – who celebrated an important birthday earlier this year – is set to return to the role in the Disney + series “Loki,” which premieres June 9.
“I’m 40, and I was 28 when I was chosen to play Loki. When I say it like that, it blows my mind. I don’t think an actor could have imagined playing a character too long, ”he said. Emmy.
“Loki” will see the titular anti-hero answer for his crimes against the universe – especially, as the actor puts it, his “crimes against the timeline”. The six-episode limited series – which he describes as a “really positive series with a tremendous amount of action and spectacle” – picks up after Loki catches the Space Stone in a scene from “Avengers: Endgame” of 2019 which takes place in 2012. By using the Space Stone to escape imprisonment when the Avengers travel back in time to stop Thanos, Loki inadvertently creates a new timeline, which places him in the custody of the authority of time variance.
“VAT represents order in chaos”, says Tom Emmy. “Loki facing this institution is an exciting starting point as he has to take in an environment he does not understand and cannot control.”
Adds the actor, “One of the themes of the show is about identity and raises the question of whether Loki can run away from who he is and is able to change. It is only once we accept who we are. are that we can evolve and grow. ”
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If Marvel decides to go ahead with a second season of “Loki,” Tom is of course fully on board: “I’m here for the ride,” he says.
He then poetically recounts why he enjoys the role: “What I love about Loki is that he’s playful and charming and witty and dangerous and mercurial. He’s also fragmented and broken and lonely and isolated,” says -he. “As one character on the show says, no good person is ever really good and no bad guy is really bad. It’s a fascinating anchor.”
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According to Emmy, the role is so important to Tom that before anyone shoots a single image of ‘Loki’ he made a formal presentation to the team managers to make sure everyone was on the same pitch. wave about the origins and motivations of the character.
It’s amazing to think now – a decade after Tom first brought Loki to life in “Thor” – that he first auditioned to play the other brother after hooking up with the director. Kenneth Branagh in London. After the Oscar-nominated actor-director suggested that Tom might be perfect for the role of the God of Thunder, he submitted a self-recorded audition and participated in a now iconic screen test.
He never even auditioned for the role of Loki.
“Most countries in the world know that the right guy was chosen for Thor,” Tom jokes. Emmy.
And clearly, the right guy was chosen for Loki as well!
Learn more about Tom’s next chapter as Loki when the June 2021 issue of Emmy the magazine debuts on June 4 and catches “Loki” on Disney + on June 9.