Lately my brother and I have been talking a lot about Marvel’s latest movie and even more about the characters of the movies and since the latest is Thor, The Dark World, I am going to give it a shot and do a short profiling of some of the characters in the movie (without spoilers) and these are all my own interpretation of the characters, nothing else! Just something random to do at 12 midnight on a Saturday night <3
Lets start with the Oldest of them all: Odin
Well Odin is supposedly portrayed as a good father figure, wise and fair but he is exactly not the 3 types that I’ve just mentioned. He is playing pretend wise and fair but at the end of the day, he is just like every other fathers of the Worlds: One could not be impartial when you have two child especially when one is the child of your enemy.
First, if Thor wasn’t ready and Odin is going into Odinsleep soon, if Odin had been wise and impartial, it would have been only logical to actually give the throne temporarily to Loki because Loki is more of a strategist God and not some hot headed God with instant noodle hair. Don’t get me wrong, I like both Thor and Loki and I don’t lean much to either side but I gotta say, Loki would’ve made a better king than Thor (before Thor’s transformation on Midgard or Loki finding out he is actually from Jotunheim) because though Loki is mischievous, he could actually rule a kingdom based on his ability to plan, think ahead and knows what are the consequences of certain actions but nooooo, Odin would only pass the throne to his real, one son as I believe he did not consider Loki part of his family. He brought him up for a motive and one motive alone: To bring peace between Asgard and Jotunheim. Along the years he might have felt a little something something for Loki but it all vanishes as fast as my nail polishes dries. He would rather have an unready Thor who was ambitious, arrogant and could’ve brought all sorts of war and downfall to Asgard like a magnet attracting metals but alas, Thor was still his only choice for the throne.
Second, he banished Thor to Midgard. Like, MIDGARD. Earth, seriously? You call that punishment for the actions that Thor had done? He made Asgard a Bulls Eye spot for war single handedly and all Odin has done is to banish him to a place where he made some of the world’s professional trained armies look like some low wages guard, as how Coulson puts it and THAT, is apparently what punishments are like in Asgard. Oh how scary, Allfather. Yes, Thor is really, really afraid of what’s in Midgard, Allfather. At least banish Thor to the Era of Dinosaurs, that would’ve been more entertaining.
Then there’s Frigga
I actually kinda like Frigga because the character that she’s portrayed showed great and impartial love not just for Thor and Loki, but other characters as well. She loved Thor as her first and only born but she has also loved Loki as her own. She embraces Loki’s talent on being a sorcerer and encouraged, guided and taught him on the subject, being a good sorceress herself. She gave him Odin’s throne without hesitation when Odin was snoozing and Thor was learning how to order another cup of coffee and trusted him. The two greatest thing that she could’ve done for Loki, she did it without a flaw. She loved him, and she also trusted him. That was actually all Loki ever wanted.
Next is Thor & Loki.
Thor’s character is obviously righteous and courageous but before his little adventure in Earth, though given his bravery and righteousness, he is nothing but a little boy playing hero. Yes he has led and fought through many journey but other than his muscles developing, his mind did not seem to travel with him through all those journey and grow one bit. He is aggressive, impatient and have zero planning skills. He could not take taunts and he thinks taking up every challenge is the right thing to do. You call him a little princess, he created war.
Thor and Loki could also be described as a see-saw, metaphorically. From young till todate, Thor has always been on the top of the see-saw and Loki on the bottom, supporting him all the way and Loki wasn’t the only one. Thor could be described as the jock of the school, heck he is the jock and the son of the Principal and that makes him even more attractive to everyone else. He is always surrounded with people, be they friends or servants of Asgard. He is given the nod of approval since birth and what else could he have known? I once told a friend, people who are sitting on the top of the world does not know how those below feels because when you are on the top, you feel like nothing could harm you as you have the best view for everything else and when you feel like you’ve got everything, you worry less and become more confident, arrogant. There will come a time when you think you are invinsible and take it for granted that nothing will ever beat you whereas a person from below would always, always look up at the person on the top in hope that one day, he too could reach to the top and share that same view. The person below could understand how the person above would feel if he is able to climb to the top but the person on the top will never know what it’s like to long for what he already has, unless if he falls and he has to get back up. Well, Thor did ‘fell’ to Midgard and that is exactly when he partially realized how Loki has felt for the first time in his life. Alone, not approved and not accepted into Asgard.
Which is why as seen in Thor 1, Thor allowed Loki to kill him using the Punisher because he thinks he deserves it (as he thought he caused Odin’s death + he could no longer return to Asgard). And it was also that brief moment before his powers was restored where he felt himself looking through Loki’s eyes: Being second best and having to bow to his brother who is King. It must have never came across Thor on how Loki would’ve felt on the day he was supposed ascend to the throne because all these while, everything has been about him and he never paused to thought about his younger brother. Not just the throne, but everything else. Though some says his ‘enlightenment’ came from Jane Foster and Loki himself thought so as well, I think otherwise. With or without Jane Foster there, Thor had came to this realization on how childish and immature he was before at the very minute he couldn’t pull Mjolnir and he felt it even more strongly when Loki told him Odin was dead. He regretted, remorsed and matured at that moment, not because of Jane Foster but because of the hurt he thought he had caused his immediate family. We can all agree that Thor has a big, loving heart (duh, given the size of his fist).
Well, Loki, Loki, Loki. A lot of you might understand him as the God of Mischief, that annoying puny God from Avengers or that deranged God from Thor 1 & Avengers but truly, I feel sorry for him because he was made into who he was today by all those who look after him, grew with him as well as those who had served him, all except Frigga.
Imagine, all the friends you thought you had, was actually your brother’s from the beginning of time- until the very end of time and realized that they would’ve never played in the sandbox with you if not for your brother. Imagine, your own servants and guards who has lower ranks than you giving you that smirk which makes you feel like you are not worth a dime as compared to your brother. Imagine living in the shadows of your older brother and no matter what you do, you cannot get out of it and just when Loki thought he could step out of Thor’s shadow, the shadow grew bigger in size and leave Loki in a darker state than before. Imagine, craving for your father’s attention and love to the very last second where you are dangling by your father’s mercy and all you every wanted was a tiny nod and all he told you was ‘No.’.
Loki was given everything that Thor has never gotten. Looked down. Scoffed. Useless.
He thought he could achieved a little attention by creating mischief. No. He thought he could have achieved a tiny nod by destroying the enemy. No. All his life, Loki has always been rejected. Rejected of love, attention, approval and when he is deprived of all that, what else could he have become?
He became the Loki that we’ve known today. Broken, despaired, misjudged and forever wearing a mischievous or villain mask, a mask to hide all the hurt and sorrowfulness that he has been feeling and trying to ignore all these years.
One thing leads to another.
That’s basically it! Something supposedly ‘short’ has became a little tl;dr so I am going to stop right here. Hope whatever I wrote made some sense to you because now reading back at what I wrote at 2 am in the morning does not seem to make much sense but I am sleepy so I will leave it as it is.