Tom Hiddleston says Loki was redeemed in Avengers: Infinity War


As the release date for Avengers: Endgame comes closer, fans and cast members keep on analyzing the events in Avengers: Infinity War. This time, it’s Loki’s turn.

Avengers: Infinity War brought heartbreak and a bunch of questions, but while we wait to get some answers in Avengers: Endgame, it’s fun to go back and take a deeper look at some of the characters we have come to know in the span of 10 years.

Thanos’ snap wiped out half the population of the universe, but even before he collected all the infinity stones, a fan-favorite character was killed by the Mad Titan himself: Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Yes, Loki brought many problems to the Avengers before Infinity War but that didn’t make his death any less heartbreaking. But leave it to Hiddleston to make it a bit more painful.

There’s no bigger Loki supporter out there than Hiddleston. He took the role very seriously (which we appreciate) and always has some deep insight to share about the character. Hiddleston recently showed up at ACE Comic Con in Arizona and spoke about his character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and how he thinks he found redemption.

Hiddleston explained that it all goes back to the first Thor movie, where Loki learns that he is actually Laufey’s son, Odin’s enemy, something that he finds “incredibly, emotionally destabilizing”. He added (via ComicBook):

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"“It is a great scene to play and I think people always understand that Loki is a troubled soul and that he is evacuating his pain onto other people. But they understand where the pain is coming from so there’s empathy there. I think the first film really humanizes him and I think makes the rest of the journey interesting. It makes you always think that he could be pulled back and redeemed. And in my opinion, he is redeemed in Infinity War”."

That is, of course, if Loki really died in Infinity War. Sure, the Russo brothers have denied that he is hiding in plain sight as Bruce Banner (he is the God of Mischief, after all), but they also said the title for the fourth Avengers movie wasn’t Endgame and here we are. Anyway, until Endgame is released and (hopefully) answers all our questions, we can debate whether Loki was actually redeemed or not.

Was he a broken character, as Hiddleston has said multiple times? Yes. Was he a victim and his bad actions were justified by that? Uhm, probably not. Unlike Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, who was brainwashed, tortured, and pretty much a victim with no actual control of his actions, Loki was fully conscious of what he was doing. Now there’s something to think about at night.

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Loki will appear in Avengers: Endgame, scheduled for an Apr. 26 release, and will have his own limited series for Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus. We haven’t seen the end of the God Mischief. Not just yet.