About to commit Thor Ragnarok meta so look away now
I can’t stop thinking about what a happy ending for Loki even looks like. “I was LIED TO MY WHOLE LIFE so I will RULE THIS UNIVERSE or else BURN AND SALT IT ALL” is a rut he’s been running in for so long that even he’s starting to realise he’s never going to go through with it. He’s also very bad at ruling once he’s actually in power! It turns out that a) ruling involves hard responsibilities and is Not Fun and b) the method of getting people to love you where you repeatedly outrage their principles until they yell about their unconditional love while trying to wrestle you into submission does not work on entire populations! Funny that.
But if ruling’s out then what’s he going to do, play the cunning vizier to Thor in Asgard? He’s never going to happily settle into Asgard’s hierarchy because he hates the idea that Thor has a natural superiority (while Thor doesn’t get this at all and carries on being effortlessly Blond and Princely, it’s one of the main things they’re intensely Weird About).
But then! Turns out Thor’s effortless Natural Crown Prince act is a SHAM and a LIE. And the first thing Thor does on finding this out is not gracefully give the throne up to the real firstborn but proceed to burn her to a crisp and take the throne by force, because it was the pragmatic thing to do in that situation! And everyone saw him do it. Everyone knows Thor took the crown because he beat the real heir into the ground, no matter how noble his motives. Loki’s not going to stick around being Thor’s adviser forever like he ends up by the credits, but it’s got to be a lot less grating for him right now than it ever was before.
Soooo. A happy ending for Loki is one where a) he’s around Thor, b) Thor is okay, probably still being Blond and Princely since that seems to make him happy, and crucially c) Thor doesn’t have the right to rule over him. No wonder Loki keeps trying to get a foot in alternate power bases; maybe he just needs to find one that isn’t murderous but doesn’t acknowledge Asgard’s supremacy. Then he and Thor can carry on being Weird About Each Other to their hearts’ content, and maybe not have messy, interstellar, city-destroying family squabbles as regularly as they do now. But I don’t want them to get there quite yet.