Tom Hiddleston’s intriguing revelation about his MCU contract.

“It was really curious”: Tom Hiddleston is Done Playing Loki But Recently Revealed a Peculiar Clause in His MCU Contract

It’s been no secret that Tom Hiddleston, adored by fans for his portrayal of Loki in the MCU, originally auditioned for the part of Thor. Despite losing the part to Chris Hemsworth, he landed the pivotal role of the God of Mischief, shaping both his career and the franchise.

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While his journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe might have concluded, Hiddleston continues to offer intriguing insights into the cinematic universe. And he revealed one recently related to his Marvel contract while discussing the details of his initial contract negotiations.
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Tom Hiddleston MCU Contract Had a Surprising Clause

In his recent appearance on the Seaman Says podcast, Tom Hiddleston shared details of his original Marvel Studios contract. The actor shared that he had already signed a “pre-negotiated” contract when he went in for auditions.


Tom Hiddleston | Image Credit: Wikimedia CommonsTom Hiddleston | Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
However, on that morning he noticed an unusual clause in the contract stating that Marvel Studios had the right to cast him in the role of “Thor/Loki.” He shared,

“It was really curious…Basically, they pre-negotiated my contract before going in [for the audition] and I signed it. But I noticed on that morning, it said, ‘Marvel Studios has the right to cast Tom Hiddleston in the role of…’ and there was a blank. And somebody had written, ‘Thor/Loki.’”

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Although he lost the role of Thor, the details of his contract suggest that the studio did consider him for the role of the God of Thunder, before Chris Hemsworth eventually got the part. And the Loki actor also suggested that it is unlikely that the studio took the same approach with other actors.
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“I was like, ‘Oh, I wonder if anyone else’s says that,’” he said before adding, “I don’t think they did, to be honest.” Soon after both he and the Thor star were informed that their characters, Loki and Thor, would be introduced together and would undergo a significant journey together in the MCU.

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Tom Hiddleston Believed He Was Auditioning For One Movie

Further in the conversation, Tom Hiddleston revealed that initially, he believed he was auditioning for a single movie. It wasn’t until he was called in by the President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, that he learned about their plans for the 2012 film The Avengers.
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He said,

“And I remember being called into Kevin Feige’s office for the first time… He called me into his office, said, ‘Congratulations, Loki is a great role and Thor’s going to be a great movie, but I want to talk to you about Avengers.’” 

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Feige outlined their strategy to conclude Phase 1 of the cinematic universe with The Avengers, featuring Loki as the primary antagonist. Hiddleston recalled feeling exhilarated with the realization that his life and career were about to undergo a profound transformation. “I was like, literally, sort of, floated out of that meeting. Life is about to change radically, and it did.” he shared.

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Thor and Loki are available to stream on Disney+.