Closely following news that Christopher Eccleston has joined Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor’ sequel, ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ as Malekith The Accursed, Total Film spoke to Tom Hiddleston about the much anticipated film and his dastardly, mischievious character, Loki. When asked why he thinks Loki makes such an impression on fans, Hiddleston revealed, “I don’t know. In the words of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner: “Loki’s mind is a box of cats. You can smell crazy on him”! In all seriousness though, I have received a lot of incredibly passionate and articulate letters from fans, explaining how they’re drawn to Loki’s psychological and emotional complexity; that he’s a villain you can almost root for; a villain you can love to hate, or hate to love. Underneath the steely cold veneer of his trickster charm is a certain vulnerability and sensitivity – the wounded fragility of an outcast brother and son. His mind IS a box of cats though! But I love him.”

Furthermore, Tom Hiddleston shared his thoughts on what he thinks is the “best thing about being Loki”, saying, “The best thing about being Loki is that he is my diametric opposite. Physically, he is a photo negative of who I am. Loki is dark and pale, and I am light and fair. Also spiritually I am not much like him either. Yet I feel an incredible freedom in playing him. He is a combination of mercurial intellectual ability, emotional ambiguity, rakish charm, charisma and provocative wit. He has a wicked inclination to mischief, underneath which is a well of spiritual pain. Both these aspects are central to his depth as a character: his unashamed and perverse delight in creating chaos; and his capacity for raw emotional expression. And – as my American friends tell me – he’s kind of a badass! He’s one of the richest, most rewarding, most fun characters I’ve ever played.”

The actor also spoke briefly on what fans can expect from ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ sharing, “I don’t want to give too much away. But I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Alan Taylor’s vision of Thor 2 is utterly brilliant. The journey continues in the most epic dimension and proportion imaginable. It’s very, very exciting.” Finally, Tom Hiddleston shed some light on what he wants to work on next, “I am always curious about stepping into new territory. It’s good to keep expanding one’s horizons, in any walk of life, never mind as an actor. I’ve never done a thriller, the genre of some of my favourite films. And I’ve never done a comedy, which I would love to do. Something warm and silly, in the spirit of my heroes like Bill Murray, Jack Lemmon, and Gene Wilder. I’d love to do a western too, which may seem unlikely, but once upon a time I wasn’t a likely candidate for Loki either. Then there are some directors on everybody’s wish list: Christopher Nolan, the Coen Brothers, Terrence Malick, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Steve McQueen. Always, it’s all about the script and the collaborators. Too many wishes! The genie says you can only have three…”

Alongside Tom Hiddleston, the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston and Natalie Portman are reprising their roles in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ from ‘Thor,’ while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandril. Alan Taylor, an accomplished TV director whose credits include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Nurse Jackie,’ takes over directorial duties from Kenneth Branagh, who helmed the first ‘Thor’ film. Don Payne, who co-wrote the first film, penned the original draft with Robert Rodat doing the most recent polish. The plot for ‘Thor: The Dark World is currently under lock and key, however, with the film shooting in the coming months, I’d expect more details soon.