Tom Hiddleston in and as ‘Loki’ has finally started streaming today on DisneyPlus Hotstar Premium. The show follows his run-ins with the Time Variance Authority as the organization gets him to fix the timelines he threw into chaos following the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019).
It’s been nearly a decade since the talented Tom Hiddleston took on the role, and it’s hard to imagine anyone else in that part. So why not recap some of the 5 best Loki moments as listed by Film Companion.
“So, I am no more than another stolen relic?” – Thor (2011)
Given Loki’s strong MCU character arc, it’s easy to forget how phenomenal and emotional Tom’s portrayal of Loki was in the very first Thor movie. The scene in which Odin finally reveals Loki’s true heritage is a powerful one. We feel Loki’s pain, his sense of betrayal, and we get a glimpse into his motivations that unfold over the next 10 years.
“Is it madness? Is it?” – Thor (2011)
Confronted by a newly “worthy” Thor at the Bifrost bridge during the movie’s climax, Loki finally reveals his grand plan to save Asgard by committing genocide on Jotunheim. This is Loki at the height of his megalomania, a Loki convinced of his righteousness. At this point in the MCU, beings more powerful than the Asgardians had not really been introduced and so this moment was also crucial to establishing Loki “Mad God” Laufeyson as a credible future threat to the Avengers.
“I am burdened with glorious purpose.”– Avengers (2012)
Avengers was our first great superhero team-up movie and so we absolutely deserved that Terminator-Esque Loki entrance. As he uses the Tesseract to punch into a SHIELD base on Earth, he is no longer the shunned heir of Asgard. He is the mad God who’s ready to rule Earth by any means necessary. Tom Hiddleston’s evil Loki face is perfection – and hard to unsee, even to this day. And 10/10 for that campy but awesome dialogue and delivery.
“I am a God you dull creature…”– Avengers (2012)
No explanations needed for this epic moment from the Avengers, that my mother repeatedly refers to as the “woh dhobhi pachad waala scene”.
“She wouldn’t exactly be shocked either…” – Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Until Thor: Dark World, Loki’s personal relationships focused on his father Odin and his brother Thor. That film showcased the close and loving relationship he had with his mother Frigga. Her death (spoiler) is one of the few times we see Loki express emotion and anger at a loved one’s loss. That is why when Thor momentarily steps back to say that their mother would not like them fighting, Loki’s response: She wouldn’t exactly be shocked, either… is both funny and poignant, capturing the dysfunction that is family – Asgardian or not.