‘Avengers’ Star Seeks Respect For Superhero Movies

Okay, he portrays the villainous Loki in the Thor and Avengers films, but he still does make some good points!

“Tom Hiddleston recently published an editorial in London’s Guardian newspaper urging critical acceptance of superhero films, noting that the best of the genre have featured a whole cadre of award-winning actors and touch upon the same sorts of issues that are found in both classic plays and our modern culture,” noted thehollywoodreporter.com.

“Superhero films offer a shared, faithless, modern mythology, through which these truths can be explored,” Hiddleston said. “In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out.

“Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings – stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. It’s the everyday stuff of every man’s life, and we love it,” said the actor.

Hiddleston has starred with Rachel Weisz in the big screen adaptation of the hit play The Deep Blue Sea, and will star in a series of BBC TV adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and V.

Hiddleston also notes the visual effects accomplishments of the genre movies.

“Superhero movies also represent the pinnacle of cinema as ‘motion picture.’ I’d like to think that the Lumière brothers would thrill at the cat-and-mouse chase through the netherworld streets of Gotham in The Dark Knight, with helicopters tripping on high-tensile wires and falling from the sky, and a huge Joker-driven triple-length truck upending 180 degrees like a Russian acrobat,” he said.

“I hope that they would cheer and delight at the rollercoaster ride through the skies of Manhattan at the end of Avengers Assemble [the film's British title]. These scenes are the result of a creative engine set in motion when the Lumières shot Train en Gare de la Ciotat in 1895,” Hiddleston continued, showing an appreciation for film history. “The trains just move a lot faster these days. And not just trains; trucks, bikes, bat-mobiles and men in flying, shining iron suits. The spectacle is part of the fun – part of the art, part of our shared joy.”

The Avengers will be out soon across the globe if not already available where you live.


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