Summary

  • Both Tom Hiddleston and Robert Downey Jr. improvised important closing lines for their characters, showcasing their dedication and longevity in the MCU.
  • The improvised line in the finale of Loki season 2 signifies the true glorious purpose that Loki has always sought after now that he’s the new God of Stories.
  • Hiddleston’s improvised line highlights his understanding of the character and his ability to embody Loki across multiple appearances, just as RDJ’s portrayal of Iron Man was essential to the MCU.


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Tom Hiddleston’s genius Loki moment calls back to Robert Downey Jr.’s equally genius line as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame. Both Hiddleston and RDJ have been a part of the MCU since the very first phase of films. While Tony Stark was the MCU’s first hero, Loki was the Avengers’ villain in the MCU timeline. As such, the fact that both Hiddleston and Downey each improvised final lines is quite a testament to their tenure and dedication to their respective characters.

As seen in Loki season 2’s finale, it’s been revealed that Loki’s last line to his friends was improvised by Hiddleston himself. While Loki’s future is unknown now that he’s maintaining and preventing the collapse of a vast portion of the multiverse as a new god, the level of finality for Loki was huge at the end of Loki season 2, much like Iron Man at the end of Avengers: Endgame who used the Infinity Stones to snap Thanos and his forces out of existence. Here’s why Hiddleston and Downey’s improvised MCU lines are so important to their respective character arcs, and specifically what it says about Loki in comparison.

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Tom Hiddleston And RDJ Both Improvised Important Lines For Their MCU Characters

As Seen In Loki Season 2 and Avengers: Endgame

Loki and Iron Man Final MCU Lines

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thanos believes he’s won by regaining the nano-gauntlet and all the Infinity Stones, claiming that he was inevitable. However, Tony Stark managed to take the Stones out of the gauntlet and integrate them into his suit. As a final sacrificial act for Stark, Robert Downey Jr. improvised the final line of the character he’d been playing for over a decade: “And I am Iron Man”. This of course calls back to the end of the first Iron Man where Stark publically revealed his superhero identity to the entire world.

Now, Tom Hiddleston has done something similar in Loki season 2’s finale with an improvised line representing his entire arc since 2011’s Thor. Before going out and destroying the TVA’s Temporal Loom, Loki says that he knows what kind of god he needs to be: “For you. For all of us.” This is the very same line Loki said to his father Odin at the end of Thor when trying to justify his attempt to claim the throne of Asgard and destroy the Frost giants in the process. However, it now signifies the true glorious purpose he’s always sought after in the MCU as the new God of Stories.

Why Loki’s Last Line Being Improvised By Tom Hiddleston Is So Significant

It Ties Loki’s Entire MCU Journey And Proves Hiddleston’s Commitment

Loki reaching for a branched timeline in Loki season 2's finale

Hiddleston’s incredible improvised line as Loki is so fitting not only for the former God of Mischief’s redemptive arc in the Loki series itself but also for his entire MCU career in general. It’s remarkable that it wasn’t part of the original script. As such, it’s evidence of a genuine understanding of the character on Hiddleston’s part and his ability as an actor to truly embody this dynamic character across multiple appearances over the years.

Tom Hiddleston used his own instincts to make Loki the character he is in the MCU. In a very similar vein, Loki wouldn’t be Loki without Hiddleston the same way Tony Stark wouldn’t be the same without RDJ. It would be extremely hard to find any other actors who could embody these characters as well as they have, and their respective improvised lines are prime examples proving that fact.

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Why Tom Hiddleston’s Loki Is Just As Important To The MCU As RDJ’s Iron Man

No One Else Can Play Loki or Iron Man

Featured Image: MCU Loki (left) and Iron Man (right)

There are so many ways Hiddleston has proved how important he and his character are to the MCU beyond this improvised line, just like RDJ as Iron Man. As the first Avengers villain, Loki will always be seen as one of the all-time greats when it comes to big bads, even though he’s since become a hero. The same is true for Iron Man as the MCU’s debut hero. Hiddleston similarly had a viral SDCC appearance in the early 2010s where he showed up in character as Loki, not unlike RDJ’s appearance where he channeled Stark, throwing out flowers to the crowd while wearing an Iron Man gauntlet.

Regardless, Hiddleston has easily proven himself to be an integral piece of the MCU who’s maintained audience engagement over the years just as Downy did with Iron Man. While there could certainly be more for Loki to accomplish after breaking open the multiverse and becoming a new god, Hiddleston potentially closing out his MCU career with such a meaningful improvised line is certainly an epic way to close the book. Hiddleston is Loki just like RDJ will always be Iron Man.

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