By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Though I'm still unsure on whether Chris Hemsworth's casting as Thor has officially gone through, Marvel does at least have the film's villain. Tom Hiddleston has just signed up to play Loki.
Tom Hiddleston is Loki
If you're unfamiliar with Thor, I can't necessarily blame you, Loki is considered the god of lies and mischief in the comicbook, and uses his talents at sorcery to try to kill Thor, his more powerful brother, whom he resents.
The casting shouldn't be too surprising, as the Thor's director, Kenneth Branagh, has prior experience with Hiddleston after working with him on the BBC miniseries Wallander. The two also shared the stage over in London for Ivanov.
As you can tell, Marvel is switching up their formula a bit for Thor. While their last projects each required big names, this adaptation is relatively starless. I would have never heard of Hemsworth if it wasn't for Star Trek, and a lot of moviegoers are not going to be remotely familiar with Hiddleston either.
I personally like the idea of no major faces, as it means Marvel will have to create a better movie. The studio also hopes that, by not using a star, the audience won't become distracted while getting to know the title characters. Sound reason, I think.