A visual study of the character Loki from Thor. Similar to my James Norrington Character Study Picspam.
Little kiddlywinks! ♥ What I love about this scene is that is shows Loki and Thor as having a somewhat normal sibling relationship (those little smiles before they run after Odin!) and I am a huge stan for their sibling relationship. I remember reading an interview with Kenneth Branagh/Tom Hiddleston saying they cut out the scene of them before the coronation scene because they had already got across their relationship with this scene. I'm a little torn on this because with the deleted scene, that shows Loki and Thor as still having a functional relationship (because we believe Loki when he says 'I love you' in that scene as Branagh told Hiddleston to play it straight) even when they're adults. I think that would have been more effective but then some audience-goers might not have realized Loki was (mostly) sincere in that scene.
Thor: "I'm ready father!"
Loki: "So am I!"
Odin: "Only one of you can ascend to the throne but both of you were born to be kings."
I think it's that defensive way Loki says 'so am I' that foreshadows his motivations and actions.
Mostly this picspam is going to be a defense/stanning/explanation of how I view Loki, especially in relation to his family. And it's good to see Loki as a small boy and not be entirely warped by any means.
This will also be the first in many Tom Hiddleston's Face Appreciation moments. :D
I think this scene is particularly important to Loki's character because it shows how he's had to grow up in Thor's shadow. Of course he doesn't want to say anything partly because he's the one who let in the Frost Giants but even if he did try to say something, it's clear it would have been done with difficulty. However, you could also argue this is a strategy of Loki's character, letting his brother talk his mouth off (and let me just say it now: I adore Thor just as much as I love Loki which is why I like them most together) so he can be seen as the more reckless of the two. By letting Thor react as thus, he's seen as the more reckless and impulsive of the two and gives Odin a sign of him perhaps not being ready to be a king.
This is a point I'll bring up more later but I never believed Loki wanted to endanger Asgard. He was right when he said his brother wasn't ready to be king and I did not see that as a selfish act of wanting to take the throne himself.
Loki: "It'll come. In time."
Even in this scene, where Loki plants the idea in Thor's mind to go to Jotunheim, I still cannot label him as this outright villain. He's trying to make a point here and Thor takes the bait without a second thought. This is also for the audience to see how much Thor needs to grow up as well before he ever becomes king. Obviously Loki isn't innocent in this scene and he does set in motion the falling of dominoes that I don't even think he saw coming. Still, he's willing to go with his brother to Jotunheim and I think there's more to be said about how they feel for one another than some people give them credit for.
Also, our first proper introduction to the Warriors 3 and Sif! My heart! ♥
Volstagg: "What happened? Silver tongue turned to lead?"
Unfortunately we don't get a lot of the Warriors 3 + Loki but I think this moment here with Volstagg is rather telling. I have a little extra knowledge from the comics but not much. The Warriors 3 seem to respect Loki as their prince but they don't necessarily trust him entirely nor would they maybe prefer him to be on their adventures. Still, it is Volstagg who comes to Loki's defense slightly in a later scene. They obviously don't want to believe Loki capable of something like this and it seems they probably gave him a hard time growing up as well which probably affected Loki's personality tremendously.
Haha, I can just imagine people's reactions to this who weren't familiar with Loki in the Marvel-verse. Such as my sister, who's more familiar with the actual Norse mythology. Still, I loved how this was done. I think it's proven by Loki trying to interfere in Laufey and Thor's conversation that he didn't actually want some massive battle, he just wanted to stir up some trouble. And his face when he's touched by a Frost Giant, omg Tom Hiddleston your face. That realization and confusion, the sudden questioning of his identity but not having time for it. Just all of my feeeeeelings.
Also, I would like to take this moment to commend Laufey's diplomatic approach here. I think there's a lot more to him than we realize as well.
Oh, there goes Tom Hiddleston's face being amazing again! Seriously, his face says so much about Loki since, while he does have a silver tongue, he doesn't use it quite as freely as Thor. I think there's no way to argue that Loki could have predicted this. He absolutely had no idea Odin would banish him and I would argue he didn't want it in this moment as well. He didn't want to lose his brother to earth, he simply wanted to make the point that Thor was not as perfect as everyone believed and that at this time, he was still too young and reckless to lead Asgard. But I don't think Loki ever wanted real harm to fall upon his brother.
Sif: "Loki, you must go to the All-Father and convince him to change his mind."
Loki: "And if I do, then what? I love Thor more dearly than any of you but you know what he is: he's arrogant, he's reckless, he's dangerous. You saw how he was today! Is that what Asgard needs from its king?"
Right here is where I have to give Loki all the props in the world because he's right. Thor wasn't ready to be king and besides causing some mischief, that was all he was trying to get people to see. I'm a little disappointed in Sif at least not acknowledging this truth but she and the Warriors 3 are very biased towards Thor. But I always did appreciate Volstagg speaking a line of defense for Loki, even if it was just to relieve some of the tension. And Fandral (♥) as well dismissing Hogun's accusation.
dfdgjkdfkjghgfkj THIS SCENE. HIS FACE. ALL THE FEELINGS. This was the turning point for me as a viewer. I had always liked Loki, long before the film, and the whole world of Asgard, etc etc. But for this film and Tom Hiddleston's performance, this was when I knew we had something special and complex on our hands. Such a beautiful scene between him and Anthony Hopkins. It was that moment when Loki yells tell me that just sent shivers down my spine.
Loki: "No. You took me for a purpose. What was it? Tell me!">
Odin: "I thought we could unite our kingdoms one day, bring about an alliance, bring about a permanent peace through you."
Odin: "But those plans no longer matter."
Loki: "So I am no more than another stolen relic locked up, here, until you might have use of me?"
Odin: "Why do you twist my words?"
Loki: "You could have told me what I was from the beginning. Why didn't you?"
Odin: "You're my son. I wanted only to protect you from the truth."
I can't find fault with Loki nor Odin here. Loki believed himself to be raised as a Prince of Asgard and I think Odin absolutely meant it. He concedes that at first Loki was seen as a diplomatic token but Loki absolutely does twist around his words. I don't know how it feels as an adopted sibling but I can imagine this suddenly made Loki see his entire childhood in a new light, why he had always existed in Thor's shadow. At the same time, I think Odin did come to see Loki as his own son and care for him just as much as Thor. It really is heartbreaking to see this rift and see how much Loki is hurting and shocked that he cannot see the truth Odin is speaking. This whole scene was just spectacular.
And Loki is king! There's a line he says later in the film that I actually believe about him becoming king but there's no doubt that once he does become king, he does seem to relish it. I love the way he touches he hand to his chest in mock genuine sympathy about their urgent matter. They can just tell it's going to be difficult with Loki as king. But I will talk about him more as king later.
And whoops, look at that Sif cap! I guess I'll just put it out there now: I totally ship Loki/Sif. We definitely don't get canon evidence for it in this film but I'm going to interpret the subtext that way. And especially this moment in the way her gaze lingers on him. He's ice, she's fire, and I ship it like a burning.
Frigga: "He kept the truth from you so you would never feel different. You are our son, Loki, and we your family."
I like this moment as a scene because it shows Loki's first interaction with his mother and that she genuinely loves him and believes him to be her son. However, I think the extended scene of this is even better because that would actually place this scene before the previous. In the extended version, this is where Loki becomes king. And his surprise over this and his doubts of himself as king seem genuine (also Hiddles' face again omg the things it does). I actually really like this better because I think it creates more sympathy and understanding for Loki. However, that might be why they decided to cut it out. Tom Hiddleston has said that he hopes people still understand Loki come The Avengers and Thor 2 and goodness me, I hope they do too because I love this character.
First things first, let's take a moment or two to now appreciate Chris Hemsworth's face and performance. Faaaaaabulous.
I think this was really the turning point for how people viewed Loki. His lying to Thor about their father and also about how he can't come back. I think that was when the sympathy started to fade away for some people. I still have trouble downright trying to pinpoint Loki's character in this scene. I could see it as him not wanting Thor to come back for now so as not to ruin his plans in proving himself to people and that he was capable of ruling Asgard and being a leader. Or to perhaps keep teaching his brother a lesson. Or you could say he's just not a nice character and is doing this to be spiteful and vindictive. But I love Loki's relationship with his family and even at the end, I don't think he ever would have had the Destroyer actually destroy Thor. He does love his family, this I will never doubt.
Loki: "That was just a bit of fun, really. To run my brother's big day and to protect the realm from his idiotic rule for a while longer."
Smiiiiiiile. ♥ Yet another one of those moments where some people would see as Loki becoming more the villain. This will, again, be discussed later, but I will never believe Loki was speaking the full truth here in granting them access to Asgard to kill Odin. He was telling the truth when he said the day of the coronation was just for a bit of fun. I think, honestly, this movie was about Loki trying to prove himself (which will be addressed later as well) first and foremost, trying to step out of the shadow of his older brother. And I think his going to Jotunheim here was to achieve that more. If he let them endanger Asgard and then he saved Asgard, he would finally be seen as the hero for once, and someone who really had that potential.
Loki as king and showing off his fabulous mischievous magical ways. I always wished we had gotten more of that from him.
Thor: "Brother, whatever I have done to wrong you, whatever I have done to lead you to do this, I am truly sorry. But these people are innocent. Taking their lives will gain you nothing. So take mine and end this."
I love this scene, partly for the pretty faces, but mostly because you can tell, without a doubt, that Loki is listening to his brother and actually weighing what Thor's saying. I think that's a huge testament to Loki's character, that he hasn't gone completely off the deep end by any means. And yes, the Destroyer does give a nice smacking to Thor, but he doesn't kill him. And even later, I will never believe Loki wanted to kill his brother when they were fighting. Loki just wants the credit he's been denied for years.
Loki: "And your death came by the son of Odin."
THIS SCENE. This was the scene I knew Loki had absolutely become my favourite character. It still gives me all of the best feelings and makes me feel so emotionally overwhelmed. Goodness me I love Loki in this moment. He doesn't label himself as the God of Mischief or an Asgardian or anything like that, he says son of Odin and that speaks volumes. I think he loved his childhood and growing up in this family and he took a lot of pride in this. He was never going to let his father die in this moment. But he could save him. Sure, it wasn't done by any honorable means but Loki had never been given this chance honorably. He didn't know what else to do at this point. But I will never believe that he would ever willingly put Asgard or his family in danger that he couldn't get them out of.
I don't even know where to begin with this whole final sequence. Tom Hiddleston gave a fantastic performance here from that smile to that moment he starts crying when he's questioning but I think the moment that stood out to me the most was this:
Loki: "I never wanted the throne, I only ever wanted to be your equal!"
I think you can make an argument that he did want the throne in some capacity but I think, most of all, he really did just want to be seen as Thor's equal. He wanted to at least have an equal chance at the throne. He respected his brother and father but he had been treated unfairly all his life as being the younger brother. He wanted to finally prove himself, not only to his family, but all of Asgard, that he was more than just Thor's little brother.
Thor: "Why have you done this?"
Loki: "To prove to father that I am a worthy son. When he wakes, I will have saved his life, I will have destroyed that race of monsters, and I will be true heir to the throne."
Loki: "I could have done it! For you. For all of us."
Odin: "No, Loki."
Now let's talk about his wanting to destroy Jotunheim. Self-loathing is a very powerful emotion. I believe that Loki thought if he could destroy the Frost Giants, it would erase him from ever being one and he could go back to simply being an Asgardian prince. He genuinely believed this would be best for himself and his family and Asgard. I don't think his intentions in this film were ever truly malicious or villainous. I think they were warped, certainly, and he absolutely could have done things differently but I think it is highly unfair to label him as being a downright villain. My heart breaks when he has that look on his face after Odin says no and he realizes everything has come crashing down upon him and he lets go. But he absolutely is not just a black and white villain.
However, who knows what we'll get to see in The Avengers? I am personally hoping for him to be a real threat to the Avengers (as Hiddleston has mentioned in interviews) and an absolute badass. I still don't think he'll be a straight-up, unforgivable villain but I definitely want to see that darker side of him. At the end, though, he's returning to Asgard with Thor and so I do definitely want there to be some redemption for his character. I do not want Thor 2 to be a repeat of this film in that he's just trying to break out of the mold. I'm really looking forward to the growth of his character and his relationship with Thor.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed that! :D
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