At last word it appeared that “Game Of Thrones” director Brian Kirk was looking the likely candidate to replace the outgoing Kenneth Branagh on the “Thor” sequel for Marvel Studios. Now however, one of the stars has shot down that report.
Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in the first film and the upcoming “The Avengers”, tells MTV News that “I don’t know that that’s actually confirmed. That’s not me being coy. I spoke to Kevin Feige last week on [“The Avengers”] set and he said, ‘Oh no, we haven’t got anyone yet. we’re thinking about people. I think [Kirk’s] name is definitely in the hat, but I don’t think anything is solid.”
So when will shooting begin on the sequel? “I think probably next spring is the idea because the release date is locked down”. Hiddleston adds that the fallen Asgardian prince will be darker in ‘The Avengers’ – “In ‘The Avengers’ he’s really dark and kind of sociopathic, or maybe even psychopathic is the word, in a deluded way. Obviously I haven’t let go of the spiritual damage at the heart of him, it still comes from that lost place, but he’s just incredibly nasty. I think that probably in ‘Thor 2’ his previous actions will, he’ll have to take responsibility for what he’s done.”
He goes onto say “The great thing about Loki is there is potential in him for greatness and awfulness, for great heroism and great villainy. There are still, even within ‘The Avengers,’ there are moments where you see within Loki a glimmer of hope and that possibility of redemption… This isn’t definitely going to happen, but I think there would be nothing more awesome than seeing Loki and Thor fight somebody side by side.”