Historically Loki is trickster god from Norse Mythology, but the fictional portrayal I am interested in is Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is played by Tom Hiddleston and is at times sympathetic and at others completely unforgivable. I love him.
I even have a little Loki "shrine" on my desk :) (please ignore the dust!).
Loki is chaos embodied. In the first Thor film he is a trickster, but, to begin with his motives are fair. He allows Jotun into the vault to mess up his brother,Thor's coronation because Thor really isn't ready to be any sort of king. Yes he lets them in just to be killed by the destroyer, but these are the creatures he has been brought up to hate and in Asgard the general attitude seems to be, if it is bad, kill it.
It's when he finds out he actually is Jotun hidden under his Asgardian skin that things begin to go downhill. I think it's quite reasonable to say Loki has something of a mental break as his reality folds around him and he ends up trying to destroy all of Jotunheim just to prove he is still a son of Odin.
When he returns in Avengers he is the out and out baddy, but, given that he looks like he's been through a terrible ordeal, it could be argued he is neither of sound mind nor sound body throughout the whole thing.
Then in Thor 2 we have Loki's redemption, sort of :).
I love Loki for many reasons:
- Tom Hiddleston is gorgeous (I can too be shallow!)
- Loki is so complex
- He's a bad guy who isn't completely bad
- He has awesome powers - he can shape change, teleport, create illusions and much more
- He has a huge brain
Loki is simply fabulous!
Are you a Loki fan? Which is your favourite version, myth, MCU or another incarnation?
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