Why has it been so hard for other MCU villains to match Hiddleston's performance? Pretty bummed to hear that Mads wasn't used to full potential in Doctor Strange.
Most of the time, the way the story is set up doesn’t have room for it. There isn’t space for a Tony Stark redemption arc with how much there is to untangle there and for Obadiah Stane to be a nuanced antagonist. Captain America’s fighting a super-Nazi with a skull face, you aren’t going to get much sympathy for him. A villain who’s anything but a one-note moron would be out of place in Guardians of the Galaxy. Iron Man 2 couldn’t make the potentially interesting Whiplash work because Iron Man 2 sucked real bad.
While I’d say there have been a few other notable MCU antagonists (Alexander Pierce, Ultron, and especially Zemo all worked, and I’d even say Red Skull was underrated as a solid ham bad guy), obviously Loki is the best of the lot, and a lot of that does simply come down to Hiddleston acting the hell out of it. If you go back and look, a lot of his lines as Loki are actually total schlock that he elevates to greatness through sheer force of will. For instance:
Thor: Loki, this is madness! Loki: Is it madness? Is it? IS IT? I don’t know what happened on Earth to make you so soft! Don’t tell me it was that woman?… Oh, it was. Well maybe, when we’re done here, I’ll pay her a visit myself!
That’s the B-ist of B-villain dialogue - straight up “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!” material - that thanks to Hiddleston is absolutely fantastic, turned to Loki being unable to comprehend or accept that his shitty big brother has changed for the better on the eve of revenge, and realizing what he can say to provoke Thor into being the brute he knows. He even managed to make chunks of Dark World almost not feel like not being stabbed, and it’s definitely fair that a lot of people consider him the acting MVP of the MCU.
Just the way his character is built demands a greater degree of complexity too though. His drive is that he wants to be loved - the most sympathetic motivation of all - and his hatred of Thor in that regard is justified, because the whole first act of the movie is about what a complete asshole Thor is. By necessity he’s a more understandable and nuanced character than you get with your Abominations and Ronans, and what Hiddleston gave to him - along with a position as the villain of Avengers to ham it up for all he’s worth and secure him as a major pop culture figure - sealed the deal.
I rewatched civil war and honestly it got way worse than when I first watched but it got me thinking about my robot son.
Ever since Vision was born, he was already an Avenger. His whole purpose is to serve the world as an Avenger. I doubt his range of social interaction branches outside of the Avengers. Outside of missions, he was most probably confined within the walls of HQ.
He doesn’t have the chance to interact with normal people, like a cashier at the local 7/11 or a kid at the playground. The only people he really gets to interact with are deadly assassin/spies, mentally ill scientists/billionaires, a guy from the 40s and a mind-reader. Is it really a surprise that he’s so awkward?
Give me a scene in a movie where he is given the opportunity to blend in with normal civilians. It’s already a known fact that he could project his clothes; why not change his appearance altogether? Why not just camouflage himself as kind of a more awkward Paul Bettany?
Give me a scene where he orders chipotle for Wanda. Give me a scene where he gets along really surprisingly well with children. Give me a scene where he watches a movie with Wanda in a legit movie theatre, captivated by the audience’s reaction to the movie. Give me a scene where he goes on rides with Wanda in carnivals. Give me scenes where he experiences normal human interaction first-hand with normal civilians leading normal lives.
Out of all your ships, can you say you have a "mostest favorite" ? If you can, what is it, and why do you love it so much?
Ohhhh yes, I can. ;) It’s definitely Romanogers, far and away. I’m going to try to keep this explanation short because I could do a reallllly long meta but I shouldn’t right now.
First of all, it was just really unexpected. I never went into Winter Soldier expecting to see the Black Widow and Captain America not only working together but becoming good friends. It was a brilliant and surprisingly moving combination, the spy with “no moral compass” and the soldier who’s American’s golden boy. I’ve always loved both characters because of their emotional depth. Steve because he’s so much sadder and more afraid and lonelier than he ever lets on, and Natasha because she is struggling so hard against a past that she didn’t choose.
You can almost always hook me with a “friends to lovers” ship, but with this combination? They’re both so damaged but neither of them show it, they’re both really selfless (which I didn’t really realize Natasha was until Winter Soldier), and they’re both very perceptive.
Steve was the first Avenger besides Clint to trust her completely without talk of her “owing” him anything. The trust between them makes me really happy because Steve needed someone in this century to be his friend without seeing Captain America, and right from the start (in Avengers), she teases him and sasses him and acts like he’s not so different from everyone else, if only because she’s used to superheroes and isn’t impressed by them anymore.
Which of course the SASS between them is everything, and the saving each other’s lives, and of course we all know that Steve is a sucker for badass ladies.
I love them as friends, but they are my biggest OTP and I really feel like it would be one of the only ships in the MCU that could work anymore.
OH AND I’M STILL SALTY THAT TWO OF MY OTPs HAVE KISSED IN CANON BUT THEY AREN’T ACTUALLY CANONICALLY IN LOVE LIKE HOW DARE YOU?
Anyway, I said this explanation would be short, but it wasn’t, but that’s my opinion on these babies. :)