“Despite rumors that had everyone from Shia LaBeouf to Josh Hartnett being cast in Kenneth Branagh’s version of Thor,” it reads, “two virtual unknowns will instead be handed the keys to the Marvel franchise.” The accompanying photo of Tom Hiddleston is about an inch tall, and makes him look like like a twelve-year-old.
But four years later, Hiddleston is on the front lines of Marvel’s gargantuan PR juggernaut, perhaps even surpassing A-lister Robert Downey, Jr. It’s hard to imagine what would’ve happened if Shia LaBeouf had ended up as Loki, but we’re pretty sure Tumblr’s Shakespeare-loving, Marvel fanatic fanbase would not have latched onto him to quite the same extent.
When you look at the publicity interviews for Thor in 2011 (now immortalized in GIF format all over the Internet), you get the impression that no one was really aware of the gravity of the Hiddleston situation. They hadn’t yet realised that, while Chris Hemsworth is widely regarded among Marvel fans to be an excellent Thor, his on-screen brother would become the real star of the show. It didn’t take long for them to catch on, though. Despite only being onstage for about three minutes total, Hiddleston was one of the highlights of San Diego Comic Con 2013, arriving in full costume and delivering a speech in-character to 8,000 adoring fans… [READ MORE]
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