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“I mean, that’s the reason he’ll never win, because he’s motivated by hate and the haters never win. I just think that’s true about life, because negative energy always costs in the end.” — Tom Hiddleston
Ever the light casts a shadow // Ever the night springs from the light
Sometimes I look at this scene, then I think about the cut scene from Avengers where Loki tells the Other he will rule Midgard ‘unmercifully’ and I wonder which is the truth. I mean, that scene was cut though so maybe that means we wouldn’t consider it canon because the writers didn’t want it. I wonder if, after he did the ‘conquering’ part and the Avengers + Thor had somehow not been around or able to stop him, he really would have tried to be a good ruler after stamping out all the rebellions, and used the fact that he’s 1000 years older than everyone to manipulate the politics and convince Earth to make some decent changes that might’ve won some nations over (either out of fear of the unknown, or actual interest). Maybe he would’ve given us magic and improved architecture, technology and medicine. I doubt he’d want to settle in without jump-starting our civilization a bit.
Inevitably, the whole conqueror concept in general doesn’t sit well with humanity so I don’t think he would’ve been able to hold a peaceful rule at all, but I wonder if his intention was really to try? I don’t doubt that may have been what he was taught either directly or through Asgardian history, that to invade you will first need to break the will of a realm and then re-mold it for governing. In the end though I also still hold that his motive wasn’t actually good rule in and of itself, but rather just to take something as his own (read, take Earth from Thor) to stroke his own ego and hide from the fact that he’s from Jotunheim. That’s also why he’s still to blame for making his own choices about what he did on Earth, no matter what Thanos or the scepter told him, threatened him with, or did to him. Thor had told him before that he ‘missed the truth of ruling’, basically that he was going about it all wrong, and he seemed to not have any clue why his stance wasn’t correct, but he didn’t want to understand Thor’s way either.
You could say he was subconsciously trying to prove he was Asgardian at heart, and then this talk with Odin proved that it was always going to backfire. Judging from his grinning and messing around right before he said these lines, aside from it just being his personality, maybe he even thought Odin would just let him free once he stated his reasons, and maybe Loki grew up like that, getting in trouble but then being spoiled and let off the hook because he’s a prince. (I don’t know how he reasoned that his process was good though, given how he SAW Thor get banished for disturbing the peace in Jotunheim…but then again this probably goes to show just how insignificant he believes Midgard is, and that he’s lost all sight of what being level-headed means) He brings up his birthright as a defense because he’s used to his status being a bartering tool, no matter who he’s talking to. His demeanor only changes when Odin raises his voice, then mentions Frigga being his only saving grace, and he probably now thinks that Odin wanted to kill him his whole life. ~
booty vs booty
I’m always amazed how much control Chris has over that shield. When Tom turns it is swinging around uncontrollably, while in Chris’ hand it stays perfectly still.
One son who wanted the throne too much, another who will not take it.
Is this my legacy?
Loki Week: Day One - Costumes
Loki’s Prison Clothes;
"While Loki is in captivity, he wears something very similar to his ‘walkabout’/casual look from the first Thor film. The original direction from Alan Taylor was that his prison look could be what he was wearing underneath his Avengers costume. Unfortunately, as I began exploring that, we found it to be too complex and cumbersome. So I used that idea as a starting point and simplified it, creating sleek and elegant lines that mirrored the idea that everything had been stripped away from Loki. He is barefoot and completely powerless. I also kept some of the motifs we used in the previous films, including the interlocking wraps of leather and cloth that can be seen on his arms and legs.” -Charlie Wen, concept artist
“Part of the backstory we created was that Frigga was really the most attentive to Loki when he was a child. And Odin didn’t really know how to connect. He connected much more with Thor. They were sort of cut from the same cloth. And Frigga and Loki had this kind of beautiful, sensitive, more artistic relationship. And it was actually her who taught him all his magic.”