‘I really enjoy it!’ Tom Hiddleston admits he loves being called ‘Mr Loki’ by ‘incredibly polite’ fans despite the anti-hero’s villainous past
He’s known for playing the villainous character Loki in the Marvel cinematic universe.
And Tom Hiddleston revealed on Tuesday that he likes it when fans call him ‘Mr Loki’ when he’s out and about in public.
Speaking to Radio 1, the actor, 40, said he gets called Loki ‘all the time’ in real life and ‘really enjoys’ when fans put a title before his character’s name.
Marvel man: Tom Hiddleston revealed on Tuesday that he likes it when fans call him ‘Mr Loki’ when he’s out and about in public
Tom explained: ‘What I really enjoy is when they [fans] put a title before it [Loki].
‘I was once in a restaurant and the head chef, so sweet, popped his head out to say hello and said ”hello Mr Loki” which is incredibly polite.’
Gushing about the fans that cosplay as his character, Tom continued: ‘There were a couple of people dressed as me and it was so brilliantly done and so precise.
‘I was once walking in a park in central London and somebody next to me was calling for their dog and the dog was called ‘Loki’ and I was really amused by that.’
I was once in a restaurant and the head chef, so sweet, popped his head out to say hello and said ‘hello Mr Loki” Tom explained
The anecdote comes after Tom’s own Marvel spin off show, called Loki, was released on Disney+ last Wednesday.
The series also stars Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer and Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, as well as Sophia Di Martino and Richard E. Grant.
Enthusing about the new six-part show, Tom said: ‘The series takes off in a new direction in episode four and then the destination of that journey route kind of comes to fruition in episode five.
‘So four and five buckle up cos we’re going somewhere and, I hope you don’t see it coming and I was so excited to get there.’
Mr Loki: The anecdote comes after Tom’s own Marvel spin off show, called Loki, was released on Disney+ on Wednesday
In the trailer for Loki, which was released earlier this week, eagle-eyed fans noticed a file documenting Loki Laufeyson’s Time Variance Authority has ‘FLUID’ listed under the gender.
The timeline of the show follows the Asgardian in the wake of 2018’s Avengers: Endgame.
Hiddleston was first seen as the character in Thor in 2011, and has gone on to appear in the role in 2012’s The Avengers, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Loki’s gender has been speculated upon in the wake of a comic book in which Odin called Loki, ‘my son, and my daughter, and my child who is both.’
Loki’s gender fluidity was also topical in the 2019 book Loki: Where Mischief Lies from writer Mackenzi Lee.
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‘I think queer undertones are intrinsic to Loki and his magic,’ Lee told Comics Beat in 2019.
‘Being a shapeshifter already makes him fluid, and as far back as versions of him in the Norse myths, we see Loki manipulating his gender and taking a variety of partners.
‘It would have felt disingenuous to portray him as anything else. And, while we’ve come a long way with representation in comics, we still have a long way to go.
‘As for direct references on the page – like many people, I’m tired of queer rep being only subtext in media. We need to bring identity onto the page.’
Watch the full interview on Radio 1’s Movies With Ali Plumb on BBC iPlayer
‘Queer undertones are intrinsic to Loki and his magic’: Eagle-eyed fans noticed Loki’s gender was listed as ‘fluid’ in the show’s trailer that was released earlier this week