“There was an idea…”
Though it may err on the side of hyperbole, the Avengers: Infinity War trailer was one of the most-anticipated previews in recent memory.
Granted, Marvel Studios had already shown off a brief portion of its Avengers sequel at D23 last year, but for the vast majority of the Internet, November’s record-breaking teaser was the first chance to see Infinity War in action. And what a teaser it was.
We weren’t the only ones floored by Joe and Anthony Russo’s stroke of genius, though, as Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston recently appeared on the Empire podcast to discuss his role in Aardman animation Early Man. Naturally, it didn’t take long before the Thor: Ragnarok actor began fielding questions about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and, in particular, Infinity War.
It looks very impressive, doesn’t it? It’s very exciting. I found it quite, and this is an odd thing to say, I found it quite touching because I remember, when I was cast as Loki for the very first time, almost 10 years ago, and Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, called me into his office to say congratulations, and one of the first things he said was, ‘Let me talk to you about Avengers.’ I thought I had just been cast in Thor.
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Seven whole years have passed since Hiddleston’s debut in Thor, and the MCU is now almost unrecognizable. It’ll reach dizzying new heights thanks to the release of Avengers: Infinity War in May, and Tom Hiddleston simply can’t wait to see viewers bask in the “impressive” ensemble.
And he’s told me the dream he had, to build this fleet of films, this Marvel Cinematic Universe that was culminating in Avengers, and suddenly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded to such extraordinary size that it can encompass and encapsulate so many different characters who people have taken into their hearts and followed and loved. Whether it’s all the people from the Captain America films or the Guardians of the Galaxy [films], it’s become so ‘peopled’ now. It’s just so impressive, and I say that almost outside it. And I feel so lucky to be a part of it. That’s why I found it exciting.
Avengers: Infinity War tumbles off the production line and into theaters on May 4th.