The Other Actor Considered for the Role of Thor

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 8.46.52 AMA new GIF has turned up from the bonus features for the Thor: The Dark World DVD and it has Tom Hiddleston fans swooning.

Fan-favorite Loki has set aside his horned helmet in favor of lustrous curls and a muscular torso in Tom Hiddleston’s screen test for director Kenneth Branagh as Thor.

I’m experiencing so many firsts right now. My first time seeing Tom Hiddleston as Thor. My first time seeing Tom Hiddleston with long blonde hair. My first time having news broken to me via GIF. These really are exciting times.

Of course, the role of the God of Thunder went to Chris Hemsworth. But Tom Hiddleston wasn’t the only other actor considered. Joel Kinnaman (soon to be seen in Robocop!), Alexander Skarsgard, and even wee brother Liam all had a go at auditioning for Thor. *stomps foot* “Chris always gets to be Thor. Waaaaah!”

Our superheroes become so iconic that it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role, but there is typically a bit of shuffling in the early stages just like there is for any part. James Franco tried out for Spidey before he was ultimately cast as Harry Osborn. Tom Cruise was considered for Iron Man before Robert Downy, Jr. came on board. Nicolas Cage had a disappointing run at playing Superman for Tim Burton. The project was scrapped. Cage went on to star in the stinker Ghost Rider and he named his own son Kal-El. (Clearly he never got over it.)

Keep the faith, true believers. These things have a way of working themselves out. Tom Hiddelston might have been a passable Thor but he is a a perfect Loki. Once our heroes are suited up they become our Avengers, our Superman, our Batman — no questions asked. [cough] [except for Affleck].

Now go look at that GIF of Tom Hiddleston wielding Thor’s mighty hammer.

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