The Character: Why Loki Is Better

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A friend of mine messaged me to say the new Avengers movie could be made without Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and possibly the Hulk. So naturally It all went downhill from there.

I’m okay with the previously mentioned not being in the movie. However then I read an article which suggested that this could have a knock on effect for the next Thor movie in which Loki is now a shapeshifted form of his Father Odin and King of Asgard. One possible outcome for Thor 3 could Loki’s death, however I think this would be a huge waste of a character. Marvel should give Loki his own movie because Loki is the better character. Dum dum dum.

Tom Hiddleston

The Character Development…The Better Actor

Tom Hiddleston plays the role of Loki, God of Mischief. The cast for the Thor and Avengers is filled with high flyers like Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Robert Downing Jr (even though I think he’s badass) and Mark Ruffalo but even then Hiddleston demonstrates that he is the better character …and actor. I mean is it really a surprise that there is a Change.org petition signed by 58,038 supporters who want a Loki movie (I’m all for that).

Loki’s character isn’t blindly evil he is cunning, intelligent and shows more emotional depth than Thor. Hiddleston’s performance encourages the audience’s empathy, creating an understand for Loki’s actions even if they are evil. We see the desperate Loki’s insecurities displayed clearly in the scene between him and Odin where he finds out he adopted. This scene also reflects Loki’s conflicted feelings of hate and love towards Odin as he finally reaches for his Father’s hand and calls for the guards.

Hero wins, Villains lose

I started to read an article about Loki from the Guardian it concludes that ‘The only way for Loki to become the protagonist in a new film would be for Marvel to reinvent him as a heroic figure.’ This conclusion is reached on the basis that Hollywood won’t employ another structure for movies other than: hero wins and villains lose. I disagree. Isn’t the whole point of cinematic experience to turn everything on its head provide an authentic experience for viewers and develop the character fully. There is so much we don’t know about Loki because it isn’t pursued e.g. his childhood, before he becomes evil. Loki isn’t purely just a villain as more so relentless of achieving what he wants. He does what will benefit Loki not necessarily what is evil. This is what sets Loki’s character apart because he isn’t just good or just bad, he’s complex – the perfect candidate for a solo movie. And I believe this is why Loki is loved by the audiences because he isn’t just good or bad he is relatable.

‘Loki seems to be that perfect combination of dominant and submissive, weak and strong, intimidating and pathetic and because they picked a character that can balance those elements so well whilst also maintaining a good dose of humour I guess there is something attractive about him…’ – League of Super Critics.