'I'm A Temporary Torchbearer': Tom Hiddleston About Playing Loki In Marvel Cinematic Universes

'I'm A Temporary Torchbearer': Tom Hiddleston About Playing Loki In Marvel Cinematic Universe

Hiddleston has been playing Loki for over a decade now and thinks he has been "so lucky" to be playing the character.

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Of all the roles Tom Hiddleston has played, perhaps the most memorable one is that of the Norse God of Mischief, Loki. At a recent panel discussion about the original series Loki on Disney+, which premiered on June 9, 2021, he shared his views about playing the fictional Marvel character.

"I’m a temporary torchbearer," Hiddleston said, as per Variety. "I’ve always thought that. It’s a great role. It’s an archetype, the trickster god, the agent of chaos. I’m just here interpreting that for the time being. Loki has been here for centuries and will be here for centuries more and I’m just stepping into that silhouette for now."

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Hiddleston as Loki played variations of the character with Di Martino as well as Richard E. Grant and an alligator in the series. The series followed the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019). An alternative timeline was created after Loki steals the Tesseract. He also steps out of his brother’s shadow in the series. Hiddleston reprised his role as the titular character and was joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant.


Hiddleston has been playing Loki for over a decade now. "This idea of somehow the [Time Variance Authority] confronting Loki with the shape-shifting nature of his identity and asking him ‘Who are you?’ I found it a new avenue to explore with this character I’ve been playing for a while," he explained. "It felt original. It didn’t feel like we were repeating." The series was created by Michael Waldron who also served as a head writer with Kate Herron as the director. "Michael and I were having breakfast a couple of years ago when [he’d] written that first pilot and found ourselves talking about psychoanalytic theory and repetition compulsion and [the question of] can you ever change?" Hiddleston recalled. "Is it possible for people to change? Even if you do will people accept that you’ve changed? Is it possible to know yourself entirely?"

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Last year, Hiddleston had shared that he was keen on playing the character forever. In a fan Q+A, he said, "I'm so lucky that I've got to play Loki for this long, and you know, I feel like he's such an interesting character who's been around in human consciousness for so long. And he's got so many different aspects, so many different complex characteristics, that it feels like every time I play him I find out something new or we get to evolve him or take him down an avenue that we haven't gone down before."


The first season of the series had six episodes and a second season is in development currently.