Loki may have perished at the start of Avengers: Infinity War, but his attempt to kill Thanos (Josh Brolin) before the Mad Titan could collect all six Infinity Stones and become too powerful was a major shift for the traditionally villanous character, according to Tom Hiddleston.
During an appearance at ACE Comic Con in Glendale, Arizona this past weekend, the MCU actor was asked when he knew that audiences were rooting for Loki rather than hating on him.
"It goes back to that first film," he said. "He finds out too late that he was adopted and that his real father was his [adopted] father's mortal, sworn enemy, and that is incredibly, emotionally destabilizing. It is a great scene to play and I think people, for that reason, 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 an empathy there."
Hiddleston wasted no time in adding that Loki has done some some pretty bad stuff over the years like trying to take over Earth with a Chitauri army and sending his own father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), to an old folks home just so he could take over the Asgardian throne. However, his actions in the third Avengers film truly show that he's changed and is ready to stand by his brother, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the side of good.
"I think that first film really humanizes him and I think makes the rest of the journey interesting," Hiddlseton continued. "It makes you always think that he could be pulled back, he could be redeemed and in my opinion, he is redeemed in Infinity War."
The sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, opens in theaters April 26. Despite his onscreen death, Hiddleston will be reprising his role as the Norse god of mischief in a live-action Loki series for Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+. Though at this point, we don't know if it's a sequel, prequel, or something else entirely.