Tom Hiddleston Says Loki Is 'The God Of Menace'

You first got to meet Tom Hiddleston as Loki in “Thor,” but the trickster god of the Norsemen will be back for “The Avengers.” Hiddleston spoke to MTV News this weekend at D23 to give a little mythology lesson, but also to hint at what we can expect from the superhero movie.

“He’s the god of mischief and the god of menace,” Hiddleston said. “He’s still complicated. He’s still motivated by this tragic jealousy of Thor and the fact he doesn’t have a place in the universe.”

It seems jealousy has quite a bit to do with Loki’s character, and it's making him evolve. “[T]hat jealousy has made him more self-possessed,” the actor went on. “He knows who he is. He knows what his powers are. So he’s definitively more menacing.”

According to Hiddleston, Loki suffers from spiritual desolation and covets great power to compensate for his existential emptiness. “He intends to rule the human race as their king.... He thinks that absolute power will get him self-respect.”

Hiddleston also talked about “Avengers” helmer Joss Whedon’s advice for getting into this character. Apparently the director keeps saying, "Tom, more feral, more unpredictable, and enjoy yourself.”

The British actor can’t say too much of what else Loki will do in the movie, but he did reveal, “He’s made some shady deals. That’s what I’m allowed to tell you.”

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