Tom Hiddleston at the press conference for The Avengers in Moscow, 17 April 2012
I got asked over on twitter why I think that of all the Toms we have encountered over time, Moscow Tom still is the most glorious incarnation ever.
Of course there was no way for me to do that in 140 characters, so I thought I’d just bring my musings over here.
hiddlememes and debsloth, this is for you.
I guess you have to put Moscow Tom into context to really understand what makes him so special.
The Avengers camp had just come off the world premiere in LA, which had been a rousing affair. I think nowadays we tend to forget that there were no real guarantees back then that something like The Avengers would work as a film, even with all the talent attached. But advance buzz had been more than enthusiastic, early screenings for fans had met with ecstatic reactions - word was out that The Avengers was a massive (and massively enjoyable) blockbuster that delivered on all accounts. By the time the Avengers camp arrived in Moscow, the pressure was OFF in a lot of ways. They could relax quite a bit and just focus on bringing their baby out into the world, riding on a wave of enthusiasm and goodwill from fans and critics alike.
And for Tom personally: Thor had been a success (for which there had been no guarantees either); he had been chosen to play the sole villain in The Avengers, the biggest superhero movie to date; the shoot had been exhausting, sure, but must have also been so exciting and rewarding; early buzz (New York ComicCon and the reactions he got right upon joining twitter in October 2011) must have given him an idea that maybe audiences were responding to Loki and his portrayal of him in ways he had never imagined; in spring 2012 he had just come off shooting The Hollow Crown, which must have been deeply rewarding for him; he had been on holiday to Hawaii; he had just won Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards; the LA premiere of The Avengers and the reactions of fans and critics to Loki must have been overwhelming for him; the press tour of Avengers was surely exhausting, but he also got to tour the world with a group of people that he deeply respected and loved and that had welcomed him into their midst; fan reactions in Moscow were ecstatic and especially he got a reception worthy of a superhero, not a supervillain…all the hard work and all the sacrifices were starting to pay off in ways previously unimagined. Things were looking UP UP UP UP UP for him. They still do of course, but this may still have been a very special time in his life for him. I imagine that he was practically floating on a cloud.
So yeah, all of this paired with his natural inclination to be enthusiastic and enjoy the heck out of whatever life presents him with, I’d say it was no wonder that he was extra luminous and glowing that day. It was pure happiness emanating from him.
So there you have it. My thoughts on Moscow Tom. And now that I’ve given myself lots of Moscow Tom feels, I shall retreat to my picture folder and glomp on photos from that glorious day.