VIDEO: Analyzing the Avengers: Loki

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He is Loki of Asgard, and he is burdened with a purpose so glorious that it supersedes showering. Ursa takes a look at the Internet’s favorite demigod bad boy.

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  • As I said to Jill, the ending teaser for next episode features the perfect wording to make a bout half of her audience run away while attempting to curl into a fetal position.

  • Thomas Stockel

    A great analysis of Loki, although I would cut Odin more slack.  He did save Loki, after all.  And who is to say where the hatred for the Frost Giants came from?  I didn’t get any hatred from Odin in regards to the giants; on the contrary, Odin seemed to feel there was a place and purpose for all beings.   I think that last bit at the end of Thor, his attempt to wipe out the Frost Giants, was maybe self loathing?

    • Jill Bearup

      It was mostly the Dramatic Voiceover at the start. I got the impression that Odin was, at least, trying to be fair about it, but there is no way to make what is basically, ‘then everything changed when the Frost Giants attacked’ sound anything but bad. :)

      I’m pretty sure that Loki’s kill-all-the-Frost-Giants thing IS self-loathing, but even before that he was willing to use them as pawns (expendable pawns) to mess up the coronation. So…yeah.  Nobody else is quite real to him, I don’t think, which is why I don’t really like him at all.

      • That’s something you see in a lot of villains- kind of how you define a character as a sociopath, actually.  That’s probably the biggest difference between the one villain whose defining trait is to be a sociopath (Hannibal Lecter) from most of your sociopath villains.

  • Richard Eriksson Hjelm

    Maybe im stretching it to far but the ending reminded me a bit when Loki in legends had his mouth sewn shut

    • Jill Bearup

      Mythology references ftw!

  • MephLord

    No it can’t be over so soon!  I’m guessing Nick Fury is going to be the last character covered.  I’m going to miss the series, my Avengers fanboyism still hasn’t gone away.

  • Sofie Liv

    I do think one of the defining traits about Loki is that he is extremely childish.
    He behaves like a psykotic child whom just has far to much power in his hands. That doesn’t mean he is stupid, in fact his massive intelligence could be part of the reason why he can act so childish as it’s only to easy to be lead to believe other people are beneath him.. a trait many overly intelligent characters seems to share. (Hallo you Tony.. and Sherlock.)

    But he is a great character, and one which could had been easily ruined if played by the wrong actor, thank god they chose Hiddleton, he really managed to pull all aspects of. The menace, the conflict, the madness, the childishness, the times he got pwned, and yet still doesn’t come across as silly.. even when wearing cape and that very silly hornet helmet while blabbering about magic and how he is so much better.. it could have failed so horrible. Hurrah for Hiddleston for being such a good actor in this and pull it off so well. 

    • Actually, if I have one complaint about the character in these films, it’s that he’s probably not childish enough.  When you look at Loki in the comics, that was pretty much his job: childish pranks that get way, way out of hand.  Of course, he also had his darker side, and much of the childishness was often an illusion, but still, you don’t see him so much as a trickster who delights in pranks as just a vengeful wannabe ruler evil god (the sort that most non-good gods in movies tend to be converted into).

      • Jill Bearup

        I guess if you’re going to have a villain, it’s easier to choose an antagonistic type who’s already there in the story. And then have him as a puppet, to add your second outing some more depth and complexity.

  • TheScottCSmith

    I really hope you’ll be giving us the “analyzing” treatment for “Man of Steel.”

    • Jill Bearup

      I hope so too! 

  • Black Doug

    Watching the video, I can’t help but feel that Movie!Loki resembles Comics!Thanos, especially when it comes to him being his own undoing. They’ll have a lot to talk about in Avengers 2.

    • Jill Bearup

      There’s a fanfic in there somewhere, I just know it. 

      • Black Doug

        There’s so much of it that it has its own tag on Archive Of Our Own.*s*Thanos/works

        • Jill Bearup

          Ah, AO3. They do good work. And tend to at least partially subvert Sturgeon’s Law. 

          AO3 fics fail in a different way to fics. It’s interesting.