Jesus Christ, this fucking moment. The actual and entirely real fear on Loki’s face always gets me, as he’s being sucked into that detonating dark matter bomb (or whatever it is) and there’s no way he can break away from it, it’s lifting him up off the ground and there’s absolutely nothing to hold onto and he absolutely would have been sucked into that thing and crushed if Thor hadn’t saved him.
And, ugh, I have approximately eighty different feelings about how Thor saves Loki, like… this isn’t like what happened on the Bifrost, the feeling of falling versus being sucked horizontally into something are completely different, but goddamn.
Thor was able to save him this time. For all the tragedy that happens afterwards, Thor still saved Loki in this moment, he didn’t hesitate, he was fast enough, he got there in time, he knocked them both out of the range of that dark matter bomb despite its incredible power.
They don’t really have time to process it, Thor really only has time to glance over and make sure Loki’s okay before they have more enemies to fight, and he can’t really think much on it later, because Loki will be “dead” by then, but this was still a moment that gave me a lot of feelings because it’s everything they used to be! They used to be a team, you’ll never take that away from me, so when Loki gets into something he can’t claw his way out of on his own, that’s when his big brother is there to save him.
Despite the scrambling, clawing, awful terror of that moment, to be sucked into a dark matter bomb and you can’t do anything to pull yourself out of it or zip yourself away or even dig your fingers into something to hold on, imagine the solidity of Thor slamming into you and knocking you to safety, so that you’re pulled free of that thing’s gravity. Imagine, in that moment, that Loki was saved by Thor in a way that must have happened a thousand times before so, even if they’re at odds for so much of the time now, in that moment, they were brothers again, Thor had his eye on Loki and just absolutely DOVE to save him because he never wants Loki dead, and YOU CANNOT TAKE THAT FROM ME.
Loki is genderfluid but never told anyone as they wasnt sure how others would react. They feared Odin would reject them for it so they bottled up anything that might give them away in his presents. An act that became second nature over the centuries.
First of all, holy shit, you may only be able to see it for a moment (which I capped as best I could), but not only can you see the muscle of Thor’s arm, but you can see where Loki’s dagger supposedly sliced through bone. Jfc.
Second. This did not fool me for one solitary second, because I might believe that they would cut off Thor’s left hand, but his right? No way in hell. They barely know what to do with Thor as it is, they’re not going to make him lose his Mjolnir swinging hand! But still it gave me the reaction that they wanted, that jolting JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE SHIT JUST HAPPENED reaction.
Third. If you ask me to believe—even with a magically enchanted dagger (which we don’t know that that actually is, we see no charms put on it or anything)—that Loki could just chop right through Thor’s arm, I am going to scoff right in your face. Even if it wasn’t Thor, chopping through limbs really, really is not that easy. Also, THOR. THE GUY WHO SHRUGS OFF A STABBING LIKE “EH, WHATEVER” AND GOES BACK TO LIGHTING UP CHITAURI LEVIATHANS. (Also, there would be a shitload more blood or else the wound would have had to have been cauterized. ALSO THOR.)
Fourth. This is one of the few times that we see Loki cast an illusion that didn’t have the green flash first, but it does have it when Loki dismisses it. This is an interesting point of contention about whether or not Loki’s magic is dismissed by touching it and, personally, I maintain that that’s how it works, because you can see that Thor doesn’t actually touch the space where his hand is still hidden. He grabs the vambrace beneath where the illusion is, so he wouldn’t actually be touching it.
Fifth. Jane is not in on the plan to have Loki cut off Thor’s hand and likely not in on any of the plan. They would have had time to tell her, while they were climbing up the mountain on their way to Makelith and the Ark, but they didn’t. Which always struck me as… if you really care about someone and they’re really important to you, wouldn’t you let them in on the plan? Especially when they’re right in the middle of it?
I’m not coming down on Thor for this, it may well have been that he decided not to tell her because she already had enough to worry about, it may have been because she was out for most of the discussion and he didn’t feel they had time to fill her in, it could just be that his protective instincts were in overgear, where he would take care of the whole thing and then she wouldn’t have to deal with remembering/acting her part.
But I find it interesting that this is yet another example of how Loki is closer to Thor than the woman Thor is in a relationship with. Yes, he was necessary to the plan and Jane seems to totally understand that Thor was busy with other things, rather than telling her the plan, but it still struck me that Thor brought Loki in on this, but not Jane.