“I’m a temporary torchbearer,” says Tom Hiddleston of Loki

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When it comes to playing Marvel’s God of Chaos, Hollywood actor Tom Hiddleston says he considers himself a “temporary torchbearer.” According to Variety, the comments were made by Hiddleston on Wednesday night during a panel discussion on the Disney Plus original series “Loki” hosted by the Royal Television Society.

Hiddleston was joined on stage in London by his co-star Sophia Di Martino, who portrayed Sylvie, screenwriter Michael Waldron and director Kate Herron. [who appeared via Zoom.] “I’m a temporary torchbearer,” Hiddleston said of sharing the character with Di Martino as well as Richard E. Grant and an alligator, all of whom were variations of Loki, on the show.

He added: “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 to play this for now. Loki has been here for centuries and will be here for centuries more and I’m just stepping into this silhouette for now.” These comments from Hiddleston come as the first slice of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) faces, including that of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, hung up their superhero costumes following the release of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 2019.

Hiddleston, who has now played Loki for over a decade, explained that he was drawn to directing the self-titled limited series because of the show’s themes of identity and acceptance. “This idea somehow [Time Variance Authority] confronting Loki with the changing nature of his identity and asking him “Who are you?” I found a new avenue to explore with this character that I have been playing for a while. It was quirky. We didn’t feel like we were rehearsing,” Hiddleston said.

“Loki,” which revolves around time travel, even touches on more scholarly topics like philosophy and psychology. “Michael [Waldron] and I was having breakfast a few years ago when [he’d] wrote that first pilot and we found ourselves talking about psychoanalytic theory and the compulsion to repeat and [the question of] can you ever change? Is it possible for people to change? Even if you do, will people accept that you have changed? Is it possible to know yourself completely?” recalls Hiddleston.

In a wide-ranging chat, Hiddleston, Di Martino, Waldron, and Herron discussed various aspects of the show, which will return for a second season. “You have to test the fences,” Waldron, who also wrote the upcoming “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” said of some of the show’s wackiest elements (like the aforementioned alligator Loki). Waldron also revealed that the series’ dialogue structure was “me testing the fences. This could easily have been another laser armadillo situation”.

According to Variety, in Waldron’s eyes, the extended dialogue made sense for the character. “One of Loki’s superpowers is his ability to get out of any situation, make his way through any situation. You want to watch Superman fly, so I wanted to watch Loki talk.” (ANI)

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