Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Keepin' it Loki

As expected, Thor: The Dark World blew the doors off the box office this past weekend. I had a chance to see it again, and I think it holds up pretty well. That said, as critics from across the Nine Realms have been noting, one of the film's biggest selling points is Tom Hiddleston as scheming baddie Loki. Making his third appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor's wayward foster brother manages to steal the show right out from under The Dark World's actual villain, the evil Malekith, played by Christopher Eccleston.

While Eccleston is himself no slouch in the acting department, there's just something about the Marvel Studios machine that manages to take great actors (Hugo Weaving, Tim Roth, Ben Kingsley, etc.) and turn them into merely adequate villains. I've enjoyed all the above actors' turns as Marvel baddies, but there's no denying that none had the staying power (and burgeoning fanbase) that Hiddleston's Loki commands. Here's Katey Rich at Business Insider (by way of Cinemablend) making much the same point, and also positing how the studio can remedy this going forward.

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