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The headline kind of says it all-- Tom Hiddleston took the stage at the very start of the Marvel panel at Comic-Con, dressed in full Loki regalia, and pulled a classic Loki move-- told the assembled crowd that they wanted to be ruled by him, and demanded their loyalty in exchange for "what you need." Apparently "what you need" is the new extended trailer for Thor: The Dark World, which screened immediately after and had Sean so excited he screamed in all caps "It's FANTASTIC." You heard the man!
Reports from inside the hall say the clear highlight, of course, involves Loki, when Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) slaps him and says "That was for New York," in a clear nod to the destruction at the end of The Avengers. Loki laughs, turns to his brother Thor and says "I like her!" And we like you back, Loki, even if you blew up our beautiful Grand Central Station. Seriously, it's kind of wild watching in this video the kind of hold he has over the audience. When he screamed for the audience to "say my name" they happily comply-- proving that if Loki ever did arrive from Asgard to take over Earth, and he was as charming as Tom Hiddleston, we'd all be totally screwed.
Tom Hiddleston was actually the only member of the Thor: The Dark World cast who appeared onstage in Hall H, and even though he's not technically as famous as Hemsworth or Portman, his presence there makes perfect sense. Have you google image searched "Loki" lately, or checked in on Tumblr? This dude is HUGE. There is an entire website dedicated to Loki gifs. Hiddleston's appearance has obviously given them a whole lot to work with.
For more on the Marvel panel you can catch up with Eric's liveblog, or watch their video recap of the entire event, which also included new looks at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the reveal of something called Avengers: Age of Ultron. Get the scoop over there!
You can also check out the current version of the Thor trailer that's available online.
And here's the film's official synopsis. Loki isn't the main villain this time-- that duty goes to Christopher Eccelston's dark elf Malekith-- but based on how much they promoted him in Hall H today, fans ought to be getting what they want anyway.
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.