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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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Want to see brand new behind the scenes images from Thor: The Dark World? How about photos from the Hollywood premiere? Is the new Ms. Marvel a landmark in comic book history? Where can you watch multiple episodes of a new Lego Marvel web series? What hijinks were Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth up to on late-night TV? Why is Loki pushing kids? Where can fans access special content regarding The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Tom Hiddleston‘s growing legion of fans should really sink their teeth into Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive. This one might not have the roaring energy of Thor or The Avengers, but it does pair Hiddleston with Tilda Swinton, with the two playing on and off again lovers who have hundreds of years of baggage between them.

The clips we’ve seen from the film were good, but this first trailer is so much better. It’s so careful and so arch, but I just love Hiddleston’s pitch-perfect take on the exaggerated uber-cool rocker, and Tilda Swinton’s scenes as a blood junkie are lovely. It’s almost like this was pre-conceived as Jarmusch’s strange tribute to Lou Reed. (Jarmusch explained the lead characters as ”two exceptional outsiders who, given their unusual circumstances, have a vast overview of human and natural history, including stunning achievements and tragic and brutal failures.”) Sometimes, timing can be sadly perfect.

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Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, just got official. The period haunted house story will start filming in Toronto February 2014 set for release April 2015. Co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, it’ll be filmed under the production title Haunted Peak, while retaining the original title for release.

Read about that, and co-star Tom Hiddleston‘s initial reaction to reading the script, below.

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Thor: The Dark World is still a few weeks away, but it seems pretty likely to be a hit. I thought the movie was really fun, plenty of other critics agree, and fans are excited to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe continue to expand. All that makes it seem likely we’ll see Thor 3 in the future. In fact, Kevin Feige exclusively told us they do have ideas about that film, but it’s not in active development.

So what might those ideas be? Chris Hemsworth dropped a few hints on the Thor 3 plot in a new interview. Read that below and also check out a brand new, action-packed clip from the film, featuring Tom Hiddleston, that shows off the energy and humor present in Thor: The Dark World. Read More »

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While Kenneth Branagh struggled to define a world in the original Thor, Alan Taylor has the gift of audience familiarly with its sequel Thor: The Dark World. Branagh’s original film took a long time to find its footing and never quite explored how great the characters of Thor and Loki could be. That second issue was ironed out in The Avengers.

So Thor: The Dark World hits the ground running with fully realized, charismatic and confident portrayals of all the characters involved. It’s defined by Thor being an ultimate hero and Loki being a mischievous villain. That, coupled with plenty of Avengers-size action, laugh-out-loud humor and Marvel Cinematic Universe easter eggs help make Thor: The Dark World one of the best Marvel films to date. Read More »

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One of the hottest actors in the industry could be headed toward one of the coldest places on the planet. Benedict Cumberbatch is being eyed to star as George Mallory in Doug Liman‘s Everest, with Joel Kinnaman, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston, Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Matthew Goode, and Jim Sturgess also in the mix.

If you’re confused because you thought Jason Clarke had already replaced Christian Bale in that movie, you’re thinking of the other Everest, by Baltasar Kormakur. That one has suffered a few setbacks but is now hoping to shoot this fall, with Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal in addition to Clarke. Get the latest on both movies after the jump.

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