Loki – God of Mischief
Villains We Love To Hate – I am a little obsessed with the Marvel Universe at the moment, having watched The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America a few
dozen times. Let me just say my post is based on the films not the graphic novels and there will be spoilers.
So, out of the villains in the films I find Loki the most intriguing. On the one hand he found out that Odin, the man he thought to be his father, had lied to him all his life. He lived with a brother who was the golden child and appeared to receive all his father’s love and attention. And I think Thor can be somewhat annoying with his willfulness and his determination to see only good. Tom Hiddleston, the actor playing him in Thor and The Avengers, describes Loki as follows “He’s one dark, anarchic, bottomless black hole of rage, hatred, pity and pain. An exiled outcast, a lost & lonely agent of chaos, who wouldn’t know what to do with familial forgiveness if it walked up to him in the street and slapped him in the face.” I emphasise with this Loki.
Then there is his other side, the side that imagines he deserves to be king, that he can just go around killing people with no consequences, because they are all beneath him. Oh, he is so hateable in those instances! When he takes over Hawkeye and makes him go up against his own team, when he manipulates Odin to banish Thor, when he demands to be worshipped and wants to take free will away.
Both sides are part of Loki. What I enjoyed most in The Avengers was his ambuguity. I was never quite sure which side he was on, if Thor could persuade him to give up his quest to rule earth or if he was manipulating his opponent. The instances where it appeared as if he realised his mistakes and he was ready to stop. I loved his interaction with the Black Widow, thinking the whole time he had the upper hand only to discover, at the same time as Loki, that she had played him.
Overall, Loki is an interesting and developed character. I hate what he does, the pain and anguish he brings with him. And I can understand where some of it comes from.
But I still love the scene where Hulk trashes Loki.
Puny god indeed:).
How about you? Do you have any villains you find yourself torn between loving and hating them?