Hey all! Sorry for the period of radio silence there. I was busy winning NaNoWriMo. That’s right. I actually WON this year! First time ever! It was also the boyfriend’s birthday this weekend, so I was off celebrating with him. It was a great weekend of relaxation.
We also went and saw Thor: The Dark World this weekend.
Which is where this post is coming from.
So I’ll go ahead and say this now – there will LIKELY be spoilers for Thor 2 in this post. If you haven’t seen the movie and dislike getting spoilers – tread with caution. That was your fair warning! ON TO THE POST!
So…you’re a part of Loki’s Army…
Indeed I am. I’ve been a part of Loki’s Army since reading about Norse mythology when I was a kid. I loved him in the Everworld series. He’s been one of my favorite deities for quite a long time.
Granted, I never really got into comic books when I was kid – I didn’t even really know he was in comics until I started playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance way back when. I never really got into comics. I wish I had, but there wouldn’t have been a way for me to get a hold of them. Not until I was in college. That’s when my home town got a comic book shop.
So yes. Part of Loki’s Army.
So you think he’s some sort of misunderstood baby who just needs love? Why DO you actually like him?
Hell no. Loki is DANGEROUS. As HELL. I’m not one of the ones who thinks he needs a love to fix him. There’s something off down deep enough that he’d need a lot more than love to be ‘fixed’.
I like Loki because he’s an absolutely fascinating character. I have a thing for characters who can lie well, who are a bit genre savvy, manipulative, things like that. Loki falls straight into that category for me.
You see him go from this young, misunderstood (yes, in this case), approval seeking demigod.
Into a man who is dealing with familial betrayal (at least in his mind), a hefty inferiority complex, and a whole slew of other problems. He had always been in his brother’s shadow. All he wanted was his father’s approval.
This of course, drove him to do terrible things.
He betrayed the people who had raised him, killed his biological father (though I think in mythology Laufey was his mother?), and nearly started a war that had been quelled for ages.
And that’s BEFORE The Avengers.
And BEFORE Thor: The Dark World.
So you like villains?
But I don’t just like villains. I like well-written characters who have interesting motivations. I like that deep down, Loki was still trying to get his father’s approval. That because Odin said, repeatedly, “You were both meant to rule”, Loki latched onto that. That he’s still trying to be Thor’s equal. That all he’s really wanted is to be Thor’s equal – and he’s set out to prove that in any way possible.
And what broke my heart in Thor: The Dark World was how he was acting like the younger brother who was always shunned away, never allowed in all the games. This time he was finally allowed on the adventure…and he was excited. Even if he was in handcuffs for the most part. Granted…I’m still trying to decide if that was genuine excitement or just a carefully crafted ploy…
Jury’s still out on that. I’ll decide after I give the movie a second watching.
So reasons I like Loki? He’s a multifaceted character, he’s interesting. I don’t always know what he’s going to do.
How do you feel about Loki? Is he a favorite for you? Do you hate him? Why?