The last time we checked in on "Thor 2," it seemed as though Marvel had found its Kenneth Branagh successor in "Game Of Thrones" director Brian Kirk. As intriguing as that prospect is, it might not be the case. Yet.
When MTV News caught up with "Thor" and "Avengers" star Tom Hiddleston yesterday to talk about the "Thor" Blu-ray release (out September 13), I asked if he'd had any interaction with Kirk, and he revealed that the "Thor 2" director's chair has not officially been filled.
"I haven’t. I also don’t know that that’s actually confirmed," he said. "That’s not me being coy. I spoke to Kevin Feige last week on ["The Avengers"] set and he said, 'Oh no, we haven’t got anyone yet. We’re thinking about people,'" Hiddleston recalled. "I think [Kirk's] name is definitely in the hat, but I don’t think anything is solid."
So when do they plan on shooting the sequel?
"I think probably next spring is the idea because the release date is locked down," he said, adding that the storyline for the film will still likely pick-up from where "The Avengers" leaves off.
Speaking of which, given what we know about Loki's shenanigans in the ensemble film, we asked Hiddleston how different the Asgardian prince will be from who he was in "Thor" to who he becomes in "Thor 2."
"In 'The Avengers' he’s really dark and kind of sociopathic, or maybe even psychopathic is the word, in a deluded way," he explained. "Obviously I haven’t let go of the spiritual damage at the heart of him, it still comes from that lost place, but he’s just incredibly nasty. I think that probably in 'Thor 2' his previous actions will, he’ll have to take responsibility for what he’s done."
"The great thing about Loki is there is potential in him for greatness and awfulness, for great heroism and great villainy," Hiddleston continued. "There are still, even within 'The Avengers,' there are moments where you see within Loki a glimmer of hope and that possibility of redemption."
He went on to say that the grey area in the degree of Loki's villainy makes the acting a lot more fun.
"It makes it fun to play and it makes it fun for the audience," he said. "Nobody is black and white, there are shades of grey in all of us. We all have potential for greatness and we all have flaws. I for one am championing the redemption," he added hopefully, along with a wish for a future Thor and Loki action scene: "This isn’t definitely going to happen, but I think there would be nothing more awesome than seeing Loki and Thor fight somebody side by side."
The "Thor" Blu-ray hits shelves on September 13, 2011.
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