When tom hiddleston debuted as Loki for the first time in "Thor" in 2011, Marvel was surprised to find that the actor may have outshined Chris Hemsworth's titular character. Hiddleston's Loki became an instant hit among fans of the MCU, despite being the villain in the film. His longevity was further proven when he appeared in several other films in the MCU, including "The Avengers" in 2012, "Thor: The Dark World" in 2013, and once more in the upcoming "Thor: Ragnarok" this November and "Avengers: Infinity War" in May 2018.

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The 36-year old actor recently opened up about how Loki's longevity has surprised him, and how he's grown to love the character despite not fully understanding him just yet.

Tom Hiddleston is aware of his 'huge responsibility'

The English actor recently shared to Times of India (via Screen Rant) that he's fully aware of how much Loki resonates to fans of the MCU.

In fact, he shared that playing Loki is a "source of constant surprise" to Tom Hiddleston, who has reprised his role several times throughout a number of MCU films despite not being an Avenger. He shared that it was totally unexpected and that "I feel a huge responsibility to deliver the character people know, even though it’s been four years since I last played him, and also to try to take him in new directions." These new directions may be seen when Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki in "Thor: Ragnarok."

Actor doesn't quite understand Loki yet

Despite playing Loki for six years now, Tom Hiddleston admits he doesn't quite get the character yet. He shared that he's been "trying to get to the bottom of what exactly it is that [Loki] wants," and along the way has realized that the thing that makes Loki interesting is his ability to be "cunning and transformative and changeable," which is why he's the "trickster...the God of mischief himself." In "Thor: Ragnarok," it seems that Loki will once again switch sides to fight alongside his adoptive brother, Thor, as they defend Asgard from Cate Blanchett's Hela.

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Reprising the role is like reuniting with an 'old friend'

Tom Hiddleston also shared that once he suited up for this year's "Thor: Ragnarok," it was a welcome relief to see himself in full Loki costume again. It was a reunion of sorts, Hiddleston returning as the God of Mischief, and this time, fans will see him fight alongside the good guys: Thor, Hulk, and Valkyrie, to form the "Revengers," as Thor jokingly called the new squad. "Thor: Ragnarok" opens on November 3.