Few villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe stick around for more than one movie, but Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is a big exception. The character was first introduced in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, and his instant popularity led him to be a part of many more blockbusters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – including The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War. At present, Loki is the central character of his very own on-going series on Disney+… but very soon a notable streak will end: after appearing in all of the previous Thor movies, Hiddleston is not featured in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Given the history between Hiddleston and Thor star Chris Hemsworth, the two men playing on-screen brothers for nearly a full decade, you might think that there would be some strong emotions to be shared about the situation – but based on my interview with the Marvel star this weekend, that is evidently not the case.
I interviewed Chris Hemsworth and writer/director Taika Waititi late last week during the press day for Thor: Love And Thunder, and the two men got a bit goofy when I brought up the subject of Tom Hiddleston not being in the new film. Joking, Hemsworth explained that Loki isn’t in the new Marvel blockbuster because his character died in Avengers: Infinity War, but instead because Hiddleston personally didn’t want to be involved in a production with people he hated. Said Hemsworth,