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Unused Loki design could have drastically altered Marvel Cinematic Universe, check it out here

An unused character design for Tom Hiddleston’s Loki could have sent the Marvel Cinematic Universe down an altogether ‘loonier’ path. Check it out here.

Avengers Infinity War Updated: Aug 10, 2018 20:14 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Tom Hiddleston as everyone’s favourite mischief monster, Loki, in a still from Thor: Ragnarok.

Marvel concept artist Charlie Wen recently revealed unused art for Loki, designed for his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2011’s Thor. Taking to his social media accounts, Wen posted a glimpse at Loki’s look, which is way over-the-top than the one we’re used to in the films.

“Wacky Loki! My first sketch of him as someone a bit off for the first Thor There were other options but this is the looniest one so I wanted to share. As I think of his backstory and focused on the manipulative bent than his relationship with his bro Thor which develops later, I put more character depth in his final version,” he said. “At this time I also wanted to play with the idea that Asgard had magic based on science beyond human tech understanding. I’ll post the final Thor I Lokis next!” he teased.

Wen also shared several concepts of Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, which the God of Thunder used until it was destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok. Thor then forged a new hammer, Stormbreaker, which he used in Avengers: Infinity War.

I promised a few weeks ago that I’d take you back to the very early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before @ryan_meinerding_art and I were entrusted to start and head Marvel’s Visual Development department together. I knew Ryan way back because I’d hired him onto God of War, then a few years later, he invited me to meet with Kevin @kevfeige to talk about helping to develop MCU since Ironman was such a success. I was supposed to have a long lead time to develop the look and feel of the Avengers world years before production, which would have been incredible to have that kind of time- but I was pulled into developing the look and feel of Thor’s world first as it needed help. I began design passes for Thor & Asgard, but was asked to design his hammer (Mjölnir) first because Hasbro needed to begin production on its toy line (shortly after this, @kenneth_branagh joined on to direct the film!— huge fan since Henry V!). The first image is the initial pass that goes from more traditional to wacky. The purpose was to begin establishing with Kevin a sense of boundaries and comfort levels for the magical realms of the MCU (in comparison to the earthly ground of Ironman’s tech). It’s always necessary to go too far! In these stages, I found it paramount to begin designing the MCU as a cohesive universe. The following images are hammer designs that got approved for the film (and toy;). * * * * * #conceptart #marvelstudios #thor #cosplay #mjolnir #pictureoftheday #avengers #marvel #avengers #throwback #conceptdesign #sundayfunday #picoftheday @chrishemsworth #behindthescenes #comicbook #comicbookmovies #art #design #movie #superhero #conceptart #conceptdesign #superhero #imcharliewen #marvelcinematicuniverse #story #visualstorytelling #visualdevelopment @marvelstudios @marvel @imcharliewen #marvel #throwback #marvelcinematicuniverse #photooftheday

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Wen was originally tapped to work on The Avengers, but was also tasked with coming up with designs for other characters.

The Loki design makes him look like a straight-up villain, which he most certainly wasn’t. The character quickly became a fan favourite after the first Thor film, so much so that director Joss Whedon enlisted him as the main villain in the first Avengers movie. The MCU then found ways to retain Loki in every new Thor film, and ended his journey in Infinity War, well aware of the impact his death would have on fans that have grown up with him.

But if leaked set photos from Avengers 4 are to be believed, Loki will make a return in the next film. Set pictures show actor Tom Hiddleston, sporting his old school long locks, back on the Battle of New York set. Rumours suggest that the fourth Avengers movie will include a time travel plot that involves the surviving Avengers returning to a pivotal moment in their lives - the Battle of New York was their first brush with Thanos’ might - and trying to alter events of the future. The future, as fans would know, has half the Avengers ‘dying’ at the hands of Thanos.

Avengers 4 will be released in May, 2019, and is reportedly a significant conclusion to the MCU as we know it.

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First Published: Aug 10, 2018 20:07 IST