Loki wasn’t supposed to survive Thor: The Dark World, but there was a ‘strange, unanimous’ opposition to his death

Like fans, Marvel Cinematic Universe can’t get enough of the impostor god Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston returns to play the character in the Disney Plus Hotstar series Loki on June 9. The last we saw of Loki was in Avengers: Endgame, where he escaped with the Space Stone during the Time Heist, thanks to a distraction caused by Angry Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). The character was killed in the main timeline by Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War, and fans had almost come to terms with the fact that they might never see him again.

Well, Marvel had tried several movies ago to let go of the God Of Mischief. He wasn’t supposed to come out of Thor: The Dark World, and his death at the hands of Malekeith and the Dark Elves would be permanent. It was meant to be the last hurray for the character, redeeming himself by dying for his brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth). However, the test audience did not accept this and his character was spared.

In an interview, Tom Hiddleston revealed: “Loki’s death on Svartalfheim was written as a death. Chris and I actually played that scene. It was supposed to be that he redeemed himself, that he helped save his brother and save Jane Foster, but that he thereby sacrificing itself. It was something that was written, it was part of the original pitch. In test screenings, the audience did not accept it. There was a very strange and almost unanimous opposition to it.”

So the ending of Thor: The Dark World was changed to reveal that it was just another ruse. This sparked debate over whether Marvel could really kill characters for good, though Loki’s role in Thor: Ragnarok, until his death in Avengers: Infinity War, made him even more endearing to fans. Still, some fans refused to believe he was really gone, even though Hiddleston thought he was.

Loki will stream on Disney Plus Hotstar starting June 9.

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