Looking forward, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the decade's most anticipated films, mainly due to the success of its predecessor. And we’ve been compelled to think back to Joss Whedon’s 2012 powerhouse superhero collective epic because of a touching email sent by Tom Hiddleston, who played Loki in the movie.
Joss Whedon and Tom Hiddleston at the Gala screening for Much Ado About Nothing in 2013 (Credit: Getty/ Tom P. Whitby
“Joss, I am so excited I can hardly speak,” begins Hiddleston, saying the first time he read the Avengers script he “grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar.” You can read the whole thing below. But our favourite paragraph goes something like this:
“I love how throughout you continue to put Loki on some kind of pedestal of regal magnificence and then consistently tear him down. He gets battered, punched, blasted, side-swiped, roared at, sent tumbling on his back, and every time he gets back up smiling, wickedly, never for a second losing his eloquence, style, wit, self-aggrandisement or grandeur, and you never send him up or deny him his real intelligence.... That he loves to make an entrance; that he has a taste for the grand gesture, the big speech, the spectacle. I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.”
To wit Whedon responds: “Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever.” And it really is. “Thanks so much. It's more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldn't be more pleased at your reaction, but I'll also tell you I'm still working on it ... Thank you again. I'm so glad you're pleased. Absurd fun to ensue. Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.”
We’re no cynics, so we’re not suggesting for one minute that the release of this email is a sly and subtle marketing stunt as part of a long game for the promo push of Age of Ultron. But, we are even more excited for Age of Ultron now.