Prior to the release of Thor: The Dark World, there rose a cry (from the bowels of Tumblr itself) for a Loki movie.
Tom Hiddleston had already proven himself to be the living embodiment of the God of Mischief (on screen, anyway) and thousands of Marvel fans the world over – yes even those outside of Loki’s Tumblr fandom – agreed the trickster could easily carry a standalone movie into box office success.
A petition for Marvel Studios to produce a film based around Loki was launched, and quickly gained thousands of signatures (57,770 at the time of writing this.) When that failed to gain attention, fans picketed Marvel Studios, demanding a Loki movie while threatening to burn effigies of Mickey Mouse.
Okay, the part about the picketing may have been a small untruth in order to test your attention, but the petition did attract the interest of mainstream media eager for any Loki-related bone to boost their google rankings. Even Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, heard the clamor, and when mainstream media and Marvel Studios met, Feige admitted the idea of a Loki movie had potential. In an October 2013 interview with SlashFilm, he was quoted as saying:
“I don’t think [a Loki movie] would be before Thor 3, if there is a Thor 3, and while we certainly have ideas of where we would like that to go, there are no specifics. We have to see how this one does and then go from there.”
Tom Hiddleston was also intrigued.
“We’ll see. I’d love to one day, but we’ll wait and see. […] I love the character and I’ve played him once a year for the last three years. I keep thinking up these hare-brained schemes of what else he might do.”
During Nerd HQ’s 2013 Conversations for a Cause, Hiddleston admitted he and Josh Whedon had discussed what may have happened to Loki after he dropped from the Bifrost, and with the most subliminal of prompting, he soon revealed what could’ve been the rough synopsis for a Loki spin-off.
Guest: Alright so I asked Joss Whedon this question yesterday, and he didn’t have an answer. So my question is, between Thor and Avengers, we see a really dark change in Loki. I was wondering what you think happened to him between those movies. What got him to that point?
Tom: Joss didn’t tell you?
Guest: He said, he said that it was a back-story he hadn’t thought of yet.
Tom: Well, he’s being too modest. We kind of talked about this idea, cuz at the end of Thor, you see Loki disappear through a kind of worm hole in space and time. And we imagine that Loki basically kind of goes through the seventh circle of hell in a way. He’s out, he’s cut loose. He just gets lost in the wrong districts of the universe. You know like the dark alleyways, the backstreets. And the people he meets are not kind. And he really has to survive on his wits. And also with this kind of reservoir of pain based on the events of that film. Really just we kind of established that there’s this terrible, almost year long journey that he goes on through as it were the jungles of the universe and it is deeply scaring. And it hardens him. It’s like a kind like the Asgardian version of Apocalypse now. He just like goes down that river and it gets pretty wild. But it was really important that he was stronger and more dangerous, and less, am you know, he had a tougher exterior. So that’s what happened. I mean, use your imagination. (Tom Hiddleston, Conversations for a Cause, Nerd HQ 2013. Yes. I’ve been quoting this one a lot lately. I’m sorry.
Unfortunately it wasn’t the synopsis for a spin-off, but oh… Such potential! I mean, come on, don’t tell me the idea of Loki getting ‘lost in the wrong districts of the universe’ and having to ‘survive on his wits’ doesn’t have BOX OFFICE SUCCESS stamped all over it. (Really. Don’t tell me. I’m in no mood for an argument.)
Still enthused by the thought of Loki’s cross-cosmos meanderings, Hiddleston expanded upon this idea in August, when he visited the Marvel offices for an exclusive Marvel AR App video. When shown a sneak peak of the Loki: Agent of Asgard comic series, he began an enthusiastic comparison between a couple of comic panels, and his post-Thor head-canons:
“This is what I imagined for between the movie of Thor and The Avengers is that there are – so where Loki disappears in the wormhole of space and time, before he shows up in The Avengers – is that he’d been on a journey like this. He’s been on a journey through the universe, in a way. And he’s played cards with shady characters like these guys. And I mean… Who wants to play cards with those guys? Well, Loki does. Because he has an immaculate poker face.”
Loki tromping through the underbelly of the universe, playing cards with guys even more badass than himself in effort to win a ticket home? This is getting better and better! This is also sounding a bit Star Warsy right now! I like it!
Clearly, Hiddles has put a lot of thought into this, even if no one else in connection with Marvel has. But is the tale of Loki’s romp through a cosmic jungle all water under the bridge now? Maybe. Maybe not. Not if they tie the tale into a quasi-origin movie for Thanos. (See also, Why Marvel Needs to Make a Thanos Movie.)
Guardians of the Galaxy has proven intergalactic adventurism to be a strong source of revenue for Marvel Studios/Disney/Whoever-they-are. A Loki movie set during this time could cash in on this – as well as continue to show us what else of the cosmos lies within the Marvel-verse.
But even if Loki’s trans-universe journey is irrelevant now to all but fanfic writers and Tom Hiddleston himself, there’s still a lot of potential for a Loki movie in present day Marvel-verse.
With Loki now on Asgard’s throne, the idea of him taking the reigns for a standalone movie is surely more possible than ever. Thor is chilling with Jane Foster down on Earth and saving humanity and stuff like that… Actually, he probably couldn’t return now even if he tried. Heimdall is likely locked away in a dungeon, having given himself up for treason to the real Odin during Thor 2, and Loki-as-King is now free to whatever he wants. Ample fodder for a Loki movie before Thor 3 rolls along. Especially if Thor 3 isn’t slated until 2017 – give or take a year.
So, what do you think? Are you still reading this? Or did I lose any vague audience I may have had, shortly after the talk of burning Mickey Mouse effigies began?
If you’re still with me… Petition to renew the petition for a Loki movie? Go on. Do the thing!
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