The Improvised Avengers Scene Tom Hiddleston Instantly Regretted

Tom Hiddleston isn't exactly someone we'd describe as having a face you'd like to hit. A face you'd like to gaze at? Sure. Whether he's playing a creepy vampire in "Only Lovers Left Alive," a creepy castle man in "Crimson Peak," or everyone's favorite creep you still root for in "Loki," he's not creepy enough for us to look away. 

However, an improvised scene from "The Avengers" led to one of his fellow Marvel actors actually hitting Hiddleston on the set of one of the superhero films. What went down to cause such a moment with one of the Marvel's most popular characters? Let's find out. Hiddleston fans, assemble

Heavy Lies the Horns

If you're familiar with Hiddleston's stint as Loki, the God of Mischief, across several Marvel films and a television series of his own, you've seen him in the famous golden, horned helmet. It's an integral piece of the character's costume, coming straight from the comics, and it seems to even have a hidden meaning for the character's growth as he evolved through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Similar to the headpieces worn by Thor, Odin, and Hela, Loki's helmet is an immediate status symbol denoting his rank and power within Asgardian society. 

However, in real life, Loki's helmet is heavy. According to The Independent's interview with Tom Hiddleston himself, the helmet actually weighs 30 pounds. Meanwhile, in another interview with Stephen Colbert in 2019, Hiddleston explained to the difference in his experience choreographing a fight for a stage play versus a film. He explained, "On film, it's all about angles when you're fighting. You're trying to get the angles of the different parts of the choreography to tell the story." That can be a problem when you have 30 pounds of extra weight on your head.

Tom Hiddleston explained that Loki was set to take a punch from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) during a scene on the "Avengers" set. Unfortunately, the added weight made it difficult for Hiddleston to tilt his head and neck enough to feign being hit. The actor recalled:

"So, I just said to Chris, 'I think you should just hit me in the face.' I went down like a stone. And, I suppose, on stage when you're doing a fight, you have to do it every night. So, one hundred odd performances. I think if I was being hit in the face by Chris Hemsworth day after day, I don't know if I'd be able to manage that. It wouldn't be sustainable."

Yikes. That's a hard lesson to learn. But, considering Hiddleston says he'd be happy to play Marvel's Loki forever, it's not a lesson that has discouraged him from sticking around the MCU. 

As for the helmet, who wore it better? Hiddleston, or Alligator Loki