thor//the avengers//thor the dark world parallels [part 1]
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice! Never thought of it………
Truly loved all of these.
1) “I am Loki of Asgard”/”I am Loki of Jotunheim.” The moment Loki declared himself a child of Jotunheim, I knew he was complicit in a double-cross with Thor against Malekith. Why? Even when he despises its denizens, Loki thinks himself Asgardian. Even after he went through attempted suicide and hell in a spatial wormhole, deprived and ill with what was likely post-trauma and heat exhaustion, in a feral lockdown mode, Loki referred to himself as “of Asgard.” This became an Easter Egg to the attentive viewer that Loki’s betrayal of Thor wasn’t going to come by siding with their mother’s killer, but through something far subtler, and actually, something far less collaterally damaging, later. If anyone needs a model for Loki’s perception of himself vis-a-vis his homeland, just look at his relationship to Thor. Thor is everything Loki is not, Thor is everything that is prescribed by Odin and Asgardian society as “worthy” and Loki exists solely to be THOR’s foil, to give THOR meaning, not to have a voice of his own (unless it is to be as an antagonist). Thor often overshadows Loki and takes him for granted, and yet Loki cannot quite find it in his heart to definitively annihilate his brother. He even still loves Thor, on some level. Loki has disowned HIMSELF from Asgard before (I’M not YOUR brother, not the reverse) but he has never declared Asgard a false home. He even went so far as to try to obliterate all of Jotunheim to prove his true affinities. And in the comics, when Asgard’s safety was threatened, Loki made a sacrifice play to undo his own machinations. Loki will NEVER declare himself “of” anywhere but Asgard and mean it, least of all of Jotunheim. He still has a lot of internalized racism to sort out. And even if he must belong to Asgard as its mortal enemy, Loki would rather be Asgardian than anything else. That’s the tragedy of it. He still wants so desperately to belong—so much so that he will play a part that is unjustly reductive in order to be relevant to Asgard’s meta-narrative. And that is how Loki is still not master of his own fate, nor will he ever be.
2) “I am the monster parents tell their children about at night?/”See you in Hel, monster!” This one is heartbreaking. People often think that by calling Kurse a monster, Loki is separating himself from from the real villains of the story. The reverse is true. Loki is declaring himself even more than ever the Bogeyman of Asgardian culture (see above for what I mean by that). Loki accepts that he’s a monster, he even thrives on it to give himself purpose that he (wrongly) thinks differentiates himself from the herd and gives himself agency. Loki was told by Frigga that a good king accepts blame for wrongdoings. The sad thing here is that Loki has clearly taken that to heart in a skewed way, as a need to confirm that he is somehow innately abysmal and twisted. He must accept what he interpreted Odin’s words to be a couple years ago when he learned of his true heritage: “I wasn’t forthright with you about your parentage because the truth is so hideous that I HAD to hide it.” Fast forward to the present, when Frigga asks Loki to either accept both parents or neither, and Loki interprets Frigga’s words to mean “you have to take all of your father’s proclamations to heart, and accept the purpose behind all of his actions, including the insinuation that you are a monster.” This may be the worst thing Odin ever did to Loki. Because now everything Loki does is a case of self-fulfilling prophecy: I’m a monster, ergo I do awful things and am inherently unlovable, ergo despite my ambivalent feelings I have no choice but to go down a certain path. For Odin, how very convenient that Loki’s path be that of the Monster, whom it is suddenly condonable to lock away in prison and forget for all eternity, and foist all of the blame for everything off onto. Loki should call himself the Scapegoat, not the Monster. So when he tells Kurse he’ll see him in Hel, he is essentially declaring, “Even in my act of revenge and arguable heroism, I know I will never see my mother again, I know I will never be worthy of Valhalla, I know I am a monster. At least I can rid the world of a fellow monster, though. Together let’s die and make the world I still love a happier place.”
3) “I could have done it, father! For you, for all of us!”/”I didn’t do it for him.” Character. Development. My favorite line in the entire second Thor film is “I didn’t do it for him.” There are many ways to interpret this line. Many people (rightfully) choose to see Loki as an agent of iconoclastic rebellion against social oppression. He is the Other, the undefinable and ambiguous, the one who speaks out against the intolerant who are in control (see the Lokasenna), and therefore, many choose to hear this line as “I did it for ME,” rather than “for (Odin), for all of us.” It’s a clarion call of an abused and neglected person learning self-love through the implicit subversion of being hedonistic, rather than pandering to the herd, rather than trying to cram himself into a mold that would never fit (of Odin and Thor like kinghood, of loudness and limelight and force, which we saw backfire spectacularly in Avengers). I agree in good part. I also think, however, that this line was so moving because Loki was finally acknowledging that the people who really loved him and better deserved his love—Frigga and Thor—were the reasons why he took the high road and formed a legitimate temporary alliance with his brother. Odin was no longer his father, Odin could no longer control him by holding his heart, but Frigga and Thor were still the recipients of Loki’s affection and fealty. Thor’s face registered that he understood the rather ambiguous line in this context, and honestly, it was also the reason why I bawled like a baby in the theater (and every time I see that gd gif).
4) “How desperate are you, that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?”/You must be truly desperate to come to me for help.” Again, Loki is an extravagant case of projection. He sees himself as the Monster, the Lost Creature, so he is quick to identify (even to judge) those abhorrent traits in others. It’s a brotherhood of misfits and misery. Whereas the prior parallel displayed Loki’s character development, this one shows consistency across two films. Loki’s struggle with simultaneous selfishness and self hatred continues.
- Fan: What quality do you have that you don't want to pass on to your son?
- Misha: Like parts of my personality that I don't want him to have? So basically you're asking 'what do I hate most about myself' I'd say maybe not be as maniacal as I am.
- Misha: Was there something you were hoping I was going to say?
- Fan: Well i don't know, I was thinking maybe if you were secretly a serial killer or something
- Misha: Well I did not say that I wasn't a serial killer. I just don't necessarily have a problem with that.
SHERLOCK THESE ARE NOT THE WORST THINGS ABOUT LIVING WITH YOU
my favorite thing is people constantly reminding sebstan he’s in it for the rest of his life
She betrayed Ronan. He’s coming back for her. And when he does… (x)
ϟ The Magic Begins Challenge: A Scene You Really Wanted To Be In The Movies, But Wasn’t
Have a biscuit, Potter.