Wed
Jul 24 2013 11:20am

“Why is that guy in first class dressed as Jango Fett?” How Tom Hiddleston Surprised Everyone as Loki at Comic Con

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By now you've probably heard about Tom Hiddleston's epic appearance as Loki in Comic Con's Hall H as introduced the Thor: The Dark World trailer. If not, there's a video below, and more importantly, some details of how he made it to San Diego without being noticed beforehand, leading to the biggest surprise of the convention!

According to an interview Hiddleston did with Hero Complex, it turns out that the only person who knew about his appearance was Kevin Feige, who came up with the idea in the first place:

He sort of said, “How about you just come in character and you don’t break character at all and you introduce the footage? Give a whole kind of encore to the two films?”

Hiddleston wasn't keen on doing it unless he remained Loki for the whole appearance; he also didn't want the Avengers villain to say anything out of character, like “Here's the trailer!” So he wrote up a script of sorts, went over the particulars with Feige, and they put it all together.

But that's not even the best part: Hiddleston knew that if someone saw him on the plane coming over to San Diego, it might leak over social media and everyone would guess that he was appearing for the Marvel panel. So in effort to keep the secret safe, he bought a Jango Fett costume and wore it for the whole plane ride from London to California. When asked why he chose Jango in particular, it turned out that there was far more practicality at play than anything else:

I’m 6 foot 2. It was the only one that fit in the costume shop. They were sold out of Stormtroopers.

It's true that you can usually spot the Comic Con-bound on the plane, but can you imagine what everyone on that plane was thinking about the near-giant in a store-bought Jango Fett costume? A hearty thanks to the flight crew for keeping it all under wraps, despite how strange it must have seemed to them.


Emily Asher-Perrin is going to wear her Boba Fett helmet on planes from now on.

8 comments
Kit Case
1. wiredog
I've got friends who are flight attendants and who are commercial pilots. They've seen much weirder things than that.
Rob Rater
2. Quasarmodo
Hiddleston is so frickin' awesome, I can't even stand it!
Allana Schneidmuller
3. blutnocheinmal
Every time I see something new about Tom Hiddleston he's being so bloody brilliant I can't even stand it.
Court
4. Court
I'm not sure how it would work, but if they want to give Loki his own movie, I sure won't complain about it.
Lisamarie LiGreci-Newton
5. Lisamarie
Wait, so you can get on a plane as Jango Fett? How does the security screening work? I'm just wondering if average Joe could pull that off, haha.

Seriously awesome though :)
Deana Whitney
6. Braid_Tug
I'm guessing he did it like this:
Get through security in normal clothes with a huge carry on that had the costume.
Go to the special waiting room for 1st class guess.
Talk to attendant to let them know what he was planning.
Get dressed in outfit.
Take his 1st class set.
Enjoy all the looks he got as the rest of the plane walked to thier seats.
Chris Nelly
7. Aeryl
He could be a member of the TSAs "Precheck" service, where you can pay a fee for expedited and less intrusive screening.
Court
9. DeniseHB
I can't believe he rode in that costume all the from London to San Diego. My heart goes out to him for how uncomfortable he had to have been, and my admiration is going insane over here at how freaking dedicated he is to his fans. The guy knows exactly how to obtain fans and definitely knows how to keep them. He's so brilliant it's unreal.

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