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There’s really no arguing that Loki is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best villain. As played by Tom Hiddleston, he’s so slyly charismatic that he often threatens to steal the show from right out under the real hero, Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor. But when casting for the first Thor was going on, Hiddleston wasn’t initially set on playing the bad guy. In fact, he originally tried out for the part of Thor.

The bonus features released with the Thor: The Dark World Blu-ray include Hiddleston’s original audition tape for the role, in which he goes bare-chested, rocks long blond locks, and swings around the iconic hammer. See Hiddleston in action as Thor after the jump.

Update: If gifs aren’t enough, there’s now some brief video of Hiddleston’s audition, which we’ve added below.

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Minor spoilers for Thor: The Dark World follow.

By now, hopefully anyone who wanted to see Thor: The Dark World, has done so. The film had a super successful international box office run and the Blu-ray is coming out February 25. If you haven’t yet seen the movie you have lots to look forward to, including a hilarious highlight which was one of the last things shot in the movie.

That highlight is Loki being super-mischievous when talking to his brother Thor; we’ll explain more after the break, or you can simply watch an alternate version of the scene. Read More »

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Leave it to Jim Jarmusch to take a tired trend — vampires — and give it new life. Only Lovers Left Alive landed on my top 10 of 2013 list, as well as Russ’ most anticipated of 2014 list, and the latest trailer from the U.K. may offer some clues as to why.

I’ll be honest: There’s not much in the way of new footage here. But it’s been a couple of months since the last promo, and there are certainly worse ways to spend 30 seconds than basking in the cool glow of Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as shot by Jarmusch. Hit the jump to watch the video.

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The Pirate Fairy

Tom Hiddleston is already a Disney prince of sorts, but he’ll dive even deeper into the Mouse House next spring. A few months back, it was announced that Hiddleston and Christina Hendricks had signed on for The Pirate Fairy, a sort of Peter Pan spinoff about Tinkerbell (Mae Whitman — yes, her), a badass fairy named Zarina (Hendricks), and the cabin boy (James) she falls for.

Unfortunately for Zarina, the object of her affections may not be quite as sweet and innocent as he looks. It turns out his name is James Hook, as in Captain Hook, although The Pirate Fairy takes place before that crocodile took his hand. A new trailer has just arrived, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Back in October, I travelled to London to do interviews for the current #1 movie in the world, Thor: The Dark World. Since then, we’re run a bunch of quotes from my interviews, but now that the film is out, we’re going to run all the interviews in full over the next three days. Here you can read about all the spoiler discussion in context, as well as more specific questions related to the film and some stuff about upcoming projects and superhero movies in general too.

Below you can read my full interview with Loki himself, Tom HiddlestonRead More »

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This article contains major spoilers for Thor: The Dark World.

One of the best things about Thor: The Dark World is it leaves many intriguing unanswered questions. The biggest one involves the ripple effect of the mid-credits scene, which we’ll discuss shortly. But there’s also the fate of Loki. As you know if you’ve seen the film, there’s no real definitive answer as to Loki’s intentions at the end. To get an answer, I went to the source (or sources): Tom Hiddleston, director Alan Taylor and Marvel President Kevin Feige. I asked each what they thought of the film’s ending, and the answers suggest it has major Phase 3 implications.

We also found out why Kurse didn’t let Loki out of his cage, where exactly Thor ends up at the very end of the movie, and why the final credits tag is there at all. Below, read the quotes from the men who made the decisions.  Read More »

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Even though Thor is the title character in Thor: The Dark World, it’s pretty obvious who the fans really want to see: Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The filmmakers knew this too, and after production completed, shot additional footage to add more of the character. That’s not the only influence the actor had on the film, however. In several older interviews, Hiddleston mentioned he pitched Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige on multiple ideas for his character and that some of them actually got used in the film.

So what specifically was he referring to? I asked Hiddleston just that, and his answer is more important to the film’s story than you’d think. We don’t spoil specifics of Thor: The Dark World below, but the conversation does indicate one big general aspect of the film. Read More »

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If one were to believe all the negative buzz during production on Thor: The Dark World, you’d assume the film is a disaster. It’s not. In fact, it’s pretty fantastic and a shining example of how things many laymen think of as huge red flags — such as reshoots and rewrites — can actually be used to drastically improve a film.

During production, several rumors came out about the making of the Thor sequel. In the coming days, we’ll give you the scoop on all of them. First up, much was made over the fact that director Alan Taylor went back to add more scenes with Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki. That’s true and, below, we’ll tell you which scenes were added. Second, Taylor mentioned how Avengers director Joss Whedon was brought in to help with a few scenes and we can tell you which scenes he rewrote.

Read the answers, which are spoiler-free, below. Read More »

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