One needn’t look too far to know that Tom Hiddleston is one of the hottest actors of the moment in Hollywood circles. Buoyed by a scenery-chewing role in the Marvel universe, the British thesp is attached to numerous projects over the next two-to-three, with the soon-to-be-released Crimson Peak and Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light effectively satisfying our collective appetite.
Two of the actor’s biggest roles, however, revolve around Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island and Thor: Ragnarok, with the latter signalling his return as the cunning, fan-favorite villain, Loki.
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Doing the press rounds for both I Saw The Light and Ben Wheatley’s jet-black drama High Rise, Hiddleston offered an update on his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during an interview with Collider. Mind you, the actor wasn’t able to offer much given the studio’s penchant for secrecy.
“I’m sorry to say I have nothing to give you. I literally have nothing. I don’t know what’s happening. [laughs] That’s what I know, that’s literally the limits of what I know. Honestly, I don’t know,” he continued when asked how many more Marvel movies he has left. “It’s all in Kevin Feige’s brain. It feels like the Marvel Universe is expanding at such a rate, and I wish – I’m not being coy – I don’t know where Loki fits into that. So we’ll see. Your guess is as good as mine.”
All well and good, considering that Thor: Ragnarok is still almost two years out from release. Hiddleston’s Loki will likely be an instrumental cog in Marvel’s grand, operatic threequel, which is said to directly set up the stage for Joe and Anthony Russo’s two-part Avengers: Infinity War.
Remaining in the realm of all things fantasy, the British star also touched based regarding his part in Kong: Skull Island, and had much more information to divulge ahead of Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ bombastic creature feature. Filming is primed to get underway in Hawaii later this year, and Hiddleston couldn’t be more excited.
“Well, Kong: Skull Island is the next thing on the books. It’s so exciting. I’ve been digging around in some dark material, to be honest. There’s something very heroic about my character in Skull Island. He’s an adventurer, he’s an explorer. I mean, it’s a King Kong film. There we go. [laughs] The way Jordan Vogt-Roberts has conceived of it, there’s something in there which I find very compelling about King Kong as an emblem of the power of nature in some way, and man’s relationship to it. I think he’s got just brilliant ideas about exploring that. Incredible sequences, a particular context they put King Kong in that you’ve never see him in before, so I’m really excited.”
It’s fascinating to hear Hiddleston drum up Vogt-Roberts’ approach to the mighty ape, channeling its innate symbolism as a force to be reckoned with. Couple this with the period setting – and potential long game for a showdown with Godzilla – and Skull Island is certainly one of 2017’s more intriguing blockbusters.
Vogt-Robert’s creature feature is due to open first in 2017, before Thor: Ragnarok shakes up Asgard and the MCU on July 28, 2017.