Monday, July 5, 2021

M2 Magazine: A Very Loki Affair (2021)

 June 30, 2021: 

Tom Hiddleston was revealed as the cover star of M2 Magazine's July/August issue. 


Some of my favorite quotes from the interview by Isaac Taylor: 

Firstly, the opening line is "Let's not pretend that the Avenger's most persistent villain and antihero isn't the best character in the Marvel universe." and I think we could have just ended with that. Print.  

Tom on his reaction to being approached about the Loki series: "... I've done six movies as Loki. And those movies really are the Thor saga. They're all about Loki's connection to Thor, his connection with his family. Where do we go now? What have we not done? What's new? What's original? And that was the most inspiring conversation. I remember leaving it thinking, this is going to be very, very new because the character has got so much breadth and so much depth. That's been the gift to me as an actor. Loki is almost this endlessly fascinating box of tricks where the moment you think you know him, he reveals something else. 

Tom on how he hopes fans react to the show: "For anyone out there who loves Loki, this is the guy you know: he's still the god of mischief. But this takes him to another level. I hope the fans and the audience feel the same excitement, the same passion, and the same possibility that we all felt when we were making it..."

Tom on what it feel take for Loki to feel that he's no longer in Thor's shadow: "Loki needs to evolve. The cycle was: Loki is trusted, he betrays, he becomes a villain, he learns to trust again, he's betrayed, he becomes trusting again, he can be trusted again, then he betrays or feels betrayed. It's just this endless cycle of trust and betrayal and resistance. And the character is essentially singing the same song over and over again... In this story, we're showing that he can change, that he can grow. And what if the experience of that, and the journey he goes on, actually changes something internal where he can potentially become someone else, or begin from a place of understanding that, if you know who you are, then who you choose to be is a different thing. 

Tom on the tone of the Loki series: "We all really wanted the tone of the show of the show to represent the best of Loki's character. I think Loki's character has this extraordinary range that Loki can be fun, light hearted and witty. He's always got a good line: he's the god of mischief, after all. So, we wanted the show to be imbued with his mischief, a sense of fun and a sense of momentum. But we also know that Loki has this very sensitive, damaged, broken heart with an enormous capacity to feel - to feel emotion on the biggest scale. And to go to some quite profound places that explore some of the deepest experiences of being alive that are about loneliness and sadness and anger and grief and loss. And so, we wanted the tone of the whole show to have all of it, to have that sense of fun, to have that sense of mischief. And to have that sense of emotional depth and emotional breadth that hopefully could be contained in this epic story, which starts from the things that people are familiar with. 

You can read the full article here

The images in this magazine are a composite of photos taken in 2019 by Ricky Middlesworth (for the launch of Disney+), and additional images taken in 2020 by Chuck Zlotnick (Loki set photographer). 


I'll start with the most important item - los calcetines. My inbox and tags blew up with asks about this. Anyone who has followed this blog for any amount of time knows that socks are my thing that goes all the way back to when the blog was started. It's even my bio: I am Loki, of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious socks.  

Tom Hiddleston is wearing "Flower Power" from the London Sock Co x Ilaria Urbinati Collection.

Which is major deja vu to Tom's first major sock moment when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in March 2016. He was a) styled by Ilaria Urbinati, and b) wearing London Sock Co

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