Imagine a Disney’s Hercules-style AU where Asgard is at war and Loki is being Loki. Trickster antics go too far and Odin, with the weight of war and trying to keep Loki in line, snaps and declares Loki banished. “To teach him what humility means,” Odin reasons. But Loki has enemies that lie in wait. The moment he leaves Asgard they’ll be hunting him. He’s taken careful precautions to have no weakness they can exploit, even in a powerless mortal form. It’s his only comfort when he’s cast to Midgard.
Imagine you live a simple life. Nothing eventful, nothing bold. Just floating through life without any excitement. You prayed to your gods the night before, please, let there be some adventure in my life! That morning when you step out your door the Bifrost tears across the sky. You watch as through the gods’ bridge a man tumbles into your realm. You make a break for it, running into the forest you saw him crash in.
He’s an ungrateful shit after you rescue him. If you’d known he would be such an prideful, stubborn nuisance you may have left him where you found him. You watch as he storms through your front door, not even a thank you for saving him.
Loki finds his way to the temples the Midgardians worship in and finds Odin’s alter. He summons Odin to appear before him, the All-Father taking form in a stone statue dedicated to him. Loki asks him what he has to do to be allowed to come home. Odin declares he must, “Learn to be a true hero.” Loki resigns himself to staying in this realm forever.
Imagine you find him at the temple, the lost man with no map to guide him. Maybe its pity, maybe its relatable, maybe its attraction. Whatever your cause, you offer him your place to stay.
Imagine you didn’t know when it happened, but the decision to chase the end of the rainbow bridge had began the most adventurous months of your life. You got to pay your enemies back for all they’d done, fight hydras and monsters with a man you’d hated at first but had turned into a great friend, and you got to fall in love. Imagine that he did too. After all of the careful plotting and precautions, he slipped up. He let you get close to him. Imagine that he had to pay dearly for it. Imagine his enemies finding him - and you - at last. They kidnap you, much to your dismay due to the obvious cliche. They kidnap you and threaten the whole Nine Realms and only Loki can stop them. Imagine him fighting fervently to rescue you and save the worlds, but he gets there too late. They’ve cut your throat. Loki is crushed. He failed to protect you and from the looks of it he’s failed the whole Nine Realms.
His enemy offers him a second chance. They say that if Loki would only let them conquer the Nine Realms, they would restore your life. Loki wants nothing more than to give in and let them have what they ask for just so he can hold you one more time. He knows that isn’t what you’d want, though. Instead, he rises to battle his enemy. The combat is brutal and leaves him within a hair of death, yet his enemy is still strong. In one final move he sacrifices himself for the greater good, destroying his enemy in the process.
The All-Father sees Loki’s sacrifice and brings his son back to life, back to his full god-like power, and allows him access to Asgard once more. Loki stands strong and powerful again, but he has no time to thank the All-Father. His eyes are sweeping over the battlefield until he spots your body. “What about her?” He asks. “The mortal woman, yes. What about her?” Odin asks. “Will you restore her life as well? She’s the reason I stand here now, restored to all I once was. Her life has become the most influential, valuable thing in mine and I-” “You what, Loki?” “I am in love with her.”
“Aw, how sweet,” you grin, walking forth from the shadows and over your duplicate’s body. It disappears as you take a step over it.
“You let me believe you’d died!” Loki exclaims.
“You needed motivation,” you say simply. “So, question: Do you look like this all the time?” You ask, gesturing to his full armor and how well it looks on him.
“Mostly, yes,” he glares at you, but a smile creeps over his lips at the sight of you alive and well.
“It’s a good look,” you declare, brushing a drop of rubble from his shoulder before gripping the shoulder and pulling him down into a kiss.
Marvel has stated that they have never been more diverse than now. They also talked about how important the LGBT community is to them. I am going to talk about pretty much every bit of anti lgbt things and also talk about LGBT things they allowed since All New Marvel (2013- November 4th 2015). These will not be in order by date but sort of connected relevance.
Young Avengers wins a GLAAD ( Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation ) award. This was the highlight of progress for Marvel. They had managed to publish a book that was loved by the LGBT community and set ground into making many of them become fans of Marvel comics. For many they thought this would just be the beginning, well it was the beginning of something.
Jean Grey outs young Bobby Drake in a way that offended many lgbt members as well as pissing off general fans of the character. This was recently further dealt with months later in X-men issue 600 to confirm both version of Ice Man were indeed gay. While opinions on the characters change were varied the consensus was the outing was wrong. However, that didn’t change that his issue got tons of press coverage, and sold tons of issues. It likely will also increase sales of booth books the Bobby’s are in as well as X-men 600 due to curiosity from fans.
Axel Alonso stated when referring to Angela that they didn’t want to label the characters sexuality. This is a major problem because currently Angela is the only visibly queer lead of a title. While bi, gay, and lesbian characters exist in team books generally speaking their sexuality is a background detail. Wiccian and Hulking will kiss once in all of New Avengers maybe twice if it goes on a long time (but with it’s buzz we’ll see). Ultimates seemed to have a heavy America Chavez focus for the teaser but she isn’t the actual leader nor do we know her status. Obviously recently we got that Bobby Drake is gay and both versions will be on teams.
Hurcules’s canon bisexuality was erased. While in the above statement Marvel claimed to not care about labels he for sure wanted to come out and make sure people understood Hurcule’s doesn’t touch man meat despite rocking a sexy dad bod. Now Hurcule’s bisexuality was most commonly shown in a elseworld story but Hurcule’s of myth was bisexual and in the comics many hints had been dropped about his sexuality. Judging by issue one Hercules is to busy stroking long hard guns to think about stocking long hard other things.
Gambit was intended to be bi in his solo but that was forced out by editors. The writer says it was only one of many possible things but it was something he had pushed for that was not allowed. Showing once again the label straight is fine and labels are for people who Marvel considers other. It could have been Marvel has some friends in the Church of Humanity (X-men reference) they didn’t want to offend.
Loki’s gender fluidity was intended to be a bigger focus in the Agent of Asgard comic instead we simply get a reference until the last days arc where it goes more all out. It is hinted at several times in the series so it may have been as big as Ewing did intend. Still their was questioning from Bleeding Cool and among fans. Then we could speak on Loki’s apparent quick reversion to being a villain being a serial killer in Thors, a traitor in A-force, and now in the upcoming Thor book seems to once again be on the side of “evil”. Now this is covers and solicitations but we can all agree the design is ugly. Also comments by Marvel creators showed a misunderstanding of Loki where they said “They can’t reveal if it’s guy Loki or girl Loki” despite Loki never truly being either as a genderfluid person that is a limiting way to describe Loki.
Speaking of House of M Secret Wars was intended to make several characters queer for the alternate reality because I mean what’s the odds of people being straight in every reality? The excuses for Marvel on this front were to avoid confusion as if comic book readers that could understand Secret Wars couldn’t understand that maybe one version of a character is gay.
Deadpool’s creator made offensive comments about how Deadpools brain works saying he can be any sexuality you want him to be. Tim Miller for the Deadpool movie confirmed Deadpool to be pansexual but Marvel proper is unwilling to make such statements.
Sexuality can be a private thing for many people more so working professionally and afraid to lose work. Marvel has been hiring more LGBT creators. That said the majority are B who are in a straight relationship so if Marvel even knew they were queer is a question. Their books for the most part don’t appear to reflect their queerness at all but they aren’t out yet. I would hope these creators and really all creators were working to push more and more representation but this is Marvel. Most these creators are freelance and easy to remove, they have no say in the larger universe, and really once Marvel owns you what can you do?
So while Marvel attempts to get us to shower them in praise let’s not forget that Marvel has likely done far more than what I listed here and will likely do more. Marvel people if you read this I hope it acts as a semi reality check or something that at least inspires further conversation with editors to ask more questions. Fans of Marvel I hope this inspires you to ask Marvel even if you aren’t part of the community for more. I love Marvel’s universe, I would love to work for them one day but the way Marvel is right now is not the Marvel I want to believe in. Let’s hope Marvel becomes a better place for the community and tell me what you think. For all I know Marvel will release 50 new LGBT lead titles before I even publish this but I think they have sort of run out of slots.
Hi everyone! Have some Megara makeup test selfies~ I made the wig to be based off of the Disney face character. I plan on making another post focusing on the wig because SO MUCH went into it and it has so many angles to it. I don’t know when I’ll officially make the actual costume? Anyway enjoy!