Tom Hiddleston Inspired by Alan Rickman for Loki Role

Marvel's Loki transcends his origins in latest series evolution

by Zain ul Abedin
Tom Hiddleston Inspired by Alan Rickman for Loki Role
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Tom Hiddleston, renowned for his portrayal of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently revealed the eclectic influences behind his depiction of the Norse god of mischief. Celebrating over a decade of his role, which began with 2011's "Thor," Hiddleston delved into his preparation process during the PaleyFest 2024's Loki cast panel.

The actor, aged 43, discussed his method of drawing inspiration from classic cinema antagonists, notably Alan Rickman's Hans Gruber in the 1988 action thriller "Die Hard," and James Mason's Phillip Vandamm in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film "North by Northwest." Hiddleston explained that the appeal of these characters lay in their complex blend of control and revenge, qualities he aimed to embody in Loki.

"I was so drawn to these performances because they had a wonderful time playing these antagonists. They were charismatic, even though they were not the main characters in their films," Hiddleston remarked.

Loki's Heroic Evolution

While Loki started as a secondary character in Marvel’s “Thor” and “Avengers” series, he became a central figure in the MCU with the launch of his series on Disney+ in June 2021.

The show allowed Loki to evolve from a self-absorbed antagonist into a more multifaceted hero willing to sacrifice himself for the universe. This transformation was fully realized in the second season, where Loki navigates various timelines to maintain cosmic balance.

This narrative arc culminates in a powerful display of self-sacrifice in the season finale. This profound character development was a central theme for the show’s second season, crafted by executive producer and writer Eric Martin.

“The entire season was built around this evolution, and seeing Tom bring such depth of emotion to the finale made it all worthwhile,” Martin shared with PEOPLE magazine at the event. Despite the conclusive ending of the second season, with Loki making a monumental decision to save the multiverse, fans and creators alike are hopeful for the character’s return.

Aaron Moorhead, the executive producer and director, hinted at the possibility, noting that the decision rests with Hiddleston and whether he chooses to continue exploring this beloved character. "We love where we ended it, but the future is open," Moorhead stated.