There is a reason that Loki is the most popular villain the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had thus far and it’s not just because Tom Hiddleston is dreamy (though that helps). There are so many interesting layers to the character, and he’s one of those villains who believes he’s right. When IGN visited the set of Thor: Ragnarok they got to talk to Hiddleston about Loki’s “complex” feelings for his family.
For his part, Loki actor Tom Hiddleston stressed that “Loki’s feelings towards his family members are complex” and that he “never conceived of Loki’s emotional connections to Odin or Thor as malevolent. He just wants to have a go, on the throne, which he does.”
It turns out being on the throne is not what Loki expected. When Hela (Cate Blanchett) invades, Loki realizes that Odin (Anthony Hopkins) was keeping a lot of evil forces at bay. Now he has to team up with his family and, to make matters worse, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is kind of over him after realizing that he couldn’t stop or save his brother.
As Hiddleston explained, “The opposite of love is not hate but indifference. So the idea that Thor might be indifferent to Loki is troubling for him, because that’s a defining feature of his character is, I don’t belong in the family; my brother doesn’t love me; I hate my brother. And the idea his brother’s like, yeah, whatever, it’s an interesting development.”
It’s a new dynamic for these two characters and it’s going to make their interactions very different from the one’s we’ve seen in the past. Thor sees Loki have the emotional equivalent of a temper tantrum and has tried sending him to the corner and giving him a treat to calm him down but nothing has worked. It was time to let him have that temper tantrum and get it all out of his system. These two are going to be very different by the end of this movie.
Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. It will be released on November 3rd.