I still remember the first words I ever spoke in specific reference to Tom Hiddleston. Before I even knew his name, before I was really paying attention, it was during a re-watch of Joss Whedon’s summer 2012 blockbuster, Marvel’s “The Avengers.” My friend and I rented it, popped a bottle of wine, and about halfway through both, I remember pointing at Loki and slurring, “I … I find him strangely attractive.”
This was, of course, before I had ever looked him up, learned his life story, heard his delicious accent, and saw that he does not, in fact, naturally have that dark hair and pale greasy look, but instead has the nerve to walk around the planet like this:
I started fangirling a little bit after finally watching “Thor” and after seeing the sequel on opening weekend, he officially became my new celeb crush—but apparently I’m late to the party because he seems to be everyone’s boyfriend fantasy. And why shouldn’t he be? He loves Shakespeare and tea, he’s so adorably uncomfortable when his looks are complimented, he hung out with Cookie Monster, he’s in commercials with kids, his bloopers are downright charming, he likes slumber parties, he does impressions, and have you seen him dance? (Do some YouTubing!) Where was I … OK, OK, all that being said, can we just talk about “The Dark World” for a minute or two or twenty?
Part of why we worship Loki, I imagine, is his vulnerability. We love broken men because we fantasize about scooping them up and kissing their pain away, amiright ladies? Out of all of Marvel’s villains, Loki is the only character who was given a fully fleshed-out backstory, in my opinion. Discovering his true roots (in “Thor”) tears his sense of self-worth to shreds and he reacts violently in retaliation (in “The Avengers”). Sure, we get that. Naturally, that meant Tom’s performance in “Thor 2” would be inevitably all the more powerful. Brought back to Asgard as a prisoner, he’s sealed up in another glass box as a dirty little family not-so-secret until, how convenient, Thor needs his help.
SPOILER ALERT! For me, the movie really started as soon as Loki, burdened with glorious sass, is busted out to join the task force to stop the world from ending (again). The spring in his step is contagious. With his token devilish grin securely in place, the humor that lasts the next few scenes is pure perfection. Thor and Loki are just typical brothers again, ribbing each other in delightful fashion and arguing over who gets to drive. Mischief vs. Thunder!
I won’t give anything else away, but needless to say, even if you’re not a huge Marvel fan, Loki could change your mind. “Thor: The Dark World” was released on DVD Tuesday, Feb. 25. What are you waiting for?
Read an extended version of this post at Danielle's blog, Entertainment PSA.