We already know that Loki is coming back for a second season, and that means Tom Hiddleston will be back again as the god of mischief. But for how long? He was first hired for the role in 2009 and made his first appearance in 2011’s Thor. Many of the other Marvel actors around that long have already left, so is Hiddleston the next to go?
Well, not according to him. In fact, Hiddleston says he’s in this for the long haul. He said during a recent Tumblr Q&A…
“If I were asked to play Loki for the rest of my life, would I? Yeah, absolutely. I’m so lucky that I’ve got to play Loki for this long. 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.”
“Yeah, [Loki’s] been around for a while. I think he’s going to be around for a lot longer. Meanwhile, I’ll just hold on for as long as people want me to hold on for.”
Hiddleston’s performance has been wildly popular, winning over fans with a character they absolutely love to hate. I’ll never forget that first Comic-Con when he came out as Loki and the crowd of fans absolutely went apeshit.
But lately, those same fans no longer love to hate Loki. They just plain love him, with his recent series mellowing the character to the point where he has made friends and maybe even a romantic partner in Sylvie. He’s no longer a pure villain, if he ever truly was, but someone who is complicated and layered. It’ll be interesting to see how this Loki reacts the next time he encounters Thor.
The point being, Loki’s evolution is probably a big reason why Hiddleston is willing to stick around. And as long as it stays interesting, and fans continue to want to see him, Hiddleston isn’t going to go anywhere.