WARNING: This post will discuss a major plot point for Thor: The Dark World. if you haven't seen the film yet, then you may want to wait before you read the following.
No one will argue that the best scenes in both Thor movies are the ones between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his scheming brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). In Thor: The Dark World their relationship is tested yet again when Thor requires Loki's assistance in order to escape Asgard while it's under attack and set off to exact revenge upon those who harmed their mother (Rene Russo).
Eventually the brothers come face to face with Malekith and his army of Dark Elves, and in a fantastic action sequence, it appears as if Loki sacrifices his life to save Thor. It's a moment that sort of took my breath away when I first saw it, thinking Marvel made the ridiculously ballsy decision to off one of its most popular characters. But at the same time, it was such a wonderful arc for Loki -- to see him come full circle and give up his life in order to save the brother he so desparately hated.
Of course, this was not to be. As is usually the case in big comic book movies, no one ever stays dead. Somehow Loki managed to squeeze out of that little jam, and he's alive and well at the end of the film. But did Marvel ever consider actually killing him off? We asked Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige that exact question, to which he replied...
"There were discussions as we were developing the script as to whether we should leave it at that, but not once we started shooting the movie."
Not to mention it wouldn't be much of a wise business decision to kill off one of your most popular characters. For the story, it would've worked like gangbusters. For the future... not so much. When we asked Feige whether Loki could ever have his own movie or if he needs Thor in order to work as a character, the Marvel Studios boss wouldn't commit either way.
"I don't know," he told us. "I think there are some characters that are better off in an ensemble or as they relate to other characters, but I think Loki has surprised us and will continue to surprise us in his ability to win fans over despite the fact that he isn't the most stable individual."
Hey, he didn't say no. Start those petitions now for a solo Loki movie and you may just get your wish. Now excuse me while I shape-shift into Captain America to try to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier way early.
Do you think Loki should've stayed dead, or are you happy he's still around?
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