Fans of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki (and who isn’t one?!) have banded together to create a Change.org petition in order to convince Marvel to place the sinister villain at the center of his own movie. There’s no denying that Loki has proven to be one of the most popular super villains in the world of comic book movies, so is this completely without merit? Hiddleston was showered with applause when he “crashed” Hall H at Comic-Con in character and full-costume and won the Empire Award (granted by the influential British sci fi magazine) for Best Male Newcomer and the MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight and Best Villain. (The latter award, he won by an 80+% landslide crushing Tom Hardy’s Bane from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and Javier Bardem’s Silva from ‘Skyfall’!)
The petition’s site quotes marvel’s Kevin Fiege who *ahem* marveled at the response Loki has gotten from the public:
“I’ve been surprised and happy that so many cast members and characters have gotten that response. Hiddleston is a case in himself. We discovered that when we were going around the world promoting the movie, in Moscow and in the U.K. and in Rome, and all these people behind the barricades at the premieres were holding ‘Loki’s Armies’ signs or wearing homemade helmets with horns on it. We sat around years ago saying we needed a villain in the MCU, as complex and dynamic as Magneto is. Magneto is one of the best villains in both the comics and in the movies. The way that Tom brought Loki to life, with all of those different emotions and up to Hulk smashing him into the ground, we’re already having fun with Tom on the set of ‘Dark World.’ We hope to have that continue. Even if you didn’t read comics or weren’t versed in mythology and had no idea who Loki was — and he’s kind of out there with his big horns — they responded to him, particularly women. Tom is an amazing looking specimen but also because of that darkness, I think they find a sexiness with him as a badboy”
But Loki isn’t the only one jockeying for a solo cinematic turn. Joss Whedon once wrote the ‘Astonishing X-Men’ comic book which heavily showcased Kitty Pryde (or Shadowcat, but no one really uses her codename), whom he expressed great respect for, calling her “the mother of Buffy.” Pre-Avengers, he expressed interested in directing a Kitty Pryde movie, which seems like an absurd idea.
When asked about this recently, Ellen Page, who plays the mutant ingenue in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ seemed game.
“Well, I’m available! [Laughs.] I love that. Kitty Pryde’s awesome. I’m super grateful to be the actress who’s gotten to be her, and you only desperately hope that the true fans who have a right to demand what they want and who have been passionate about these stories for a really long time, that you can pull it off for them. I would be so thrilled to play Kitty Pryde again. I really would.”
Unfortunately, her role in ‘Days’ is significantly reduced from that in the comic book. Whereas in the comics, Kitty is at the center of the story, traveling back in time to save the future, in the movie, it will be Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine who gets sent back.
Even so, would you like to see a Kitty Pryde movie, possibly handled by Whedon, who has repeatedly proven he can depict kick-ass young ladies?
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