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Hiddleston to Play Trickster Loki in Thor

lokiAlongside burgeoning new star Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek), Marvel Studios announced today Tom Hiddleston will star as Loki in the 2011 release of Thor.

Hiddleston is relatively unknown actor in the big scheme of things, having appeared predominantly in TV series such as Wallender, Miss Austen Regrets, and Suburban Shootout, among others.

Following Marvel’s desire to tie-in multiple heroes in multiple movies (see the end of the Hulk and Iron Man, for example), Thor nicely ties into the Avengers’ theme.  The comic book team The Avengers starred various heroes over the years including Iron Man, the Vision, the Hulk, Valkyrie, Captain America, Ant Man, the Wasp, and Thor (among many others). This logically explains the next three years of Marvel movies: Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010), The First Avenger: Captain America (July 22, 2011), and the Avengers (May 4, 2012).

Thor is scheduled for US release May 20, 2011.

I’m guessing that the low-key Samuel L. Jackson will play a part, even if very small, in each new film as Nick Fury. Kenneth Branagh will direct Thor, which is being written by Mark Protosevich, Ashley Miller, and Zak Stentz.

With Wolverine–currently the most popular Marvel character–getting a rather hack treatment on the silver screen (me = sad panda), and much higher expectations for Iron Man 2 than the original, I am a little perplexed that anyone would take on the notion of making a Thor movie.

Thor is not one of the stronger (i.e. more popular) or interesting Marvel characters, despite his Norse origins…which should make him legendary, right? (Or maybe Marvel thinks Thor will rake in the bucks in Sweden and Norway?) And with flops like Daredevil, Elektra, both Fantastic Four movies, and the surprisingly rank rendition of Wolverine (which I had hoped would be better) being churned out, Thor looks like a potential flop in the making. I can see him as part of an Avengers film, but alone? I hope I’m wrong, but a Thor movie sounds like a bad idea.

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