From the original Iron Man, Marvel Studios movies have always been open to a bit of improvisation from their casts, and that’s perhaps no more visible than in the hilarious Thor: Ragnarok. With comedic director Taika Waititi already having What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople under his belt, it seems as if the actors were encouraged to come up with ideas on-set and work them into the narrative.
Now, in an appearance at ACE Comic Con, Tom Hiddleston has revealed what his favorite improvised moment was, telling the crowd the following:
“I think that the one that’s kind of had its own life after the film is ‘get help.’ We literally just came up with it on the day. As something, this idea that this is a trick that Thor and Loki used to, you know, they used to use it as a game when they were kids and they stopped doing it a long time ago but it used to work and it might just work this time. They got one last ace up their sleeve. And the idea that Loki hated it, and just was like, ‘I don’t want to do it. It’s humiliating. And that Thor was like, ‘You’re going to love it! Come on!’ in a big brother way. And then it works. In that moment, I always love the fact that it wasn’t just a funny moment, but actually, you understand something deeper about them as brothers, and I think those moments are really special.”
If you don’t remember the scene, you can check it out here. I completely agree with Hiddleston though that the moment goes a long way towards allowing the audience to imagine Loki and Thor as brothers. Given that they’re usually opposed to one another in the movies, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine the pair as close family members. But in this one moment in Ragnarok, you get an idea of them playing pranks around the Asgardian Palace. You also realize that while Thor is an all-round decent chap, he can be a bit of a bully in a jockish way, which helps you understand where Loki’s resentments began to build from.
While the God of Mischief may have bitten the dust in what looked like a pretty final way in Avengers: Infinity War, it seems that this won’t be the last time we’ll get to see Hiddleston in the role. Disney recently announced that a Loki series will debut on their new streaming service, set to launch in 2019. Whether this means he’ll be resurrected or that the show will take place in the character’s past remains to be seen, but I’m pretty sure you’ll all agree with me that more Tom Hiddleston as Loki is never, ever a bad thing.