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I came into this and called Joe and Anthony and said, “Look, don’t write me the old Thor, we’ve got a new Thor now.I was really protective of the new Thor I’d created with Taika.

— Chris Hemsworth on “Avengers: Infinity War”


BONUS:

Loki probably in his heart wants to be worthy. The way he achieves his redemption, his salvation is to ultimately sacrifice himself, for Thor, and for Jane. I hope it’s a very cathartic and moving moment, by saving his brother’s life and avenging his mother’s death.

— Tom Hiddleston (“Thor: The Dark World” Blu-ray Extra)


Source of Kevin Feige’s speech:
“Thor: The Dark World” Blu-ray Extra
The Empire Film Podcast

Thank You (to Lokis like You)

A quick thing I need to say in regards to the MCU and its Loki.

Thank you.

To Taiki Waititi, of course, brilliant madman that he is. Ragnarok looks like it’s going to be a fun ride. In a more general sense I need to thank the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole for taking a pretty huge step forward for Marvel and its comics by shedding a bright new spotlight on these heroes and villains and their antics, drawing in fresh eyes and fans who might never have given the series a second thought otherwise. I was one of the latter.

I had only some hazy idea of who those spandex clad folks were from the X-Men films and the X-Men Evolution cartoon. (I was enamored with every version of Nightcrawler for a spell, got the action figure and everything.) But while I still kept Professor X’s gifted youngsters in a corner of my heart, I never really threw myself into any of the Marvel universes. They were just another cool thing to smile over, maybe record an episode, maybe pick up a back issue or two once in a while. No big deal.

Then the other kids started showing up. A number of Hulks and Spider-Men. Captain America and Bucky. Iron Man and Nick Fury. Thor and Loki.

I saw them all with my father, half from personal interest—Nolanverse Batman and some re-watchings of Blade had psyched me up for more superheroes—and half from just having something to share with Dad. It was fun.

But the one he liked the least was the one that held my attention the most, even months after it left the theater.

Thor.

It wasn’t a masterpiece. It’d become obvious later in the franchise’s run that the MCU just didn’t see the need to put as much effort into it as they did with breadwinners like Stark and Rogers cavorting around with their human stories and conspiracies and intrigue. We all know that hours of additional footage were shaved off both Thor and Thor: the Dark World—supposedly for time reasons, though both films were rather stubby compared to their neighbors. As a result the movies offered to the public were missing key character moments only to be found when digging in the Blu-rays and the storylines seemed choppier for it.

Even so. I was interested.

Why? Because my oblivious ass had no idea these guys existed. Not as comic book characters, not as gods of Norse myth, nothing. This was all brand new territory, watered down as it was. I’d only had Greek myths in my head—because they are the Classic Mythology and therefore Most Important, say the public schools and community colleges—and these gods seemed more like deities I’d feel safer standing in a room with. For what little time and space they got, the Asgardians gave a glimpse of something unique. Yet even with this in mind, I might have set them on the same, ‘oh that’s nice,’ shelf as every other fandom if not for the dude with the horns.

Yes, Loki ‘Glassy-eyed, Shakespearian archetype, “TELL ME!!1!,” ‘Guys seriously we need to blur out the crotch give him a damn courtesy flap in the next costume,’ #DaddyIssues’ Odin/Laufeyson.

The character that Hiddleston put out there drew me most because, well, he was kind of a sore thumb. Here were all these big bombastic warrior gods and giants and comic book flotsam, there was him all dark and scheming, prepped and ready for a villainous cackling spell, and…

And he doesn’t cackle. Oh, he gets a proper ‘I’m so smart look at my plan coming to fruition fuck yeah’ smirk here and there, but there’s next to nothing of the original recipe asshole god I would come to know and hate-love in the comics. The Loki that Hiddleston put together in the MCU for that first film was interesting because he wasn’t just the clear cut, ‘Mwa ha ha,’ bad guy.

When he looks away as Odin lavishes praise on Thor in the coronation, when he shuts down as Heimdall cuts into him on the Bifrost, when he goes bug-eyed at the sight of his blue skin in the giant fight, when he tells the Warriors Three that he let it slip to a guard and thus to Odin where they were going so they wouldn’t be lost/killed, when he confronts Odin about his origins, when he murders Laufey in a display of fealty, when he goes into a psychological meltdown as Thor—Thor, who should be K.O.’d on Midgard after the Destroyer, after he froze Heimdall to keep him from mucking with the Bifrost, who should not be there, in his way, always in his way, suddenly lecturing him for trying to wipe out the frost giants after only three measly days on the mortal dirt ball when Thor himself went there to wage war and swing his hammer—when he cries out to Odin Allfather that he’d done all of it for him, for all of them, look, look where his loyalty lies, he is not a monster like them, not like the frost giants, he is of Asgard, he is an Odinson, Father, look Father, all of this was for you

“No, Loki.”

And then he goes quiet again. Perfectly quiet.

His grip loosens.

“Loki, no.”

He lets go.

Thor screams and Loki is quiet, quiet, dropping into the Void, expecting death—I think he expected it later when the Dark World came around too, but that’s another ramble—not caring either way.

Then he shows up in the after credits scene, clearly mangled and burnt by something, with the first hints of the warped bastard from the comics showing in the smile.

That was a hell of a thing to see in what was otherwise a very hasty B+ movie. I cared more about his story than any of the thunderbolts and lightning and pseudo-romance flying around. So I put the name Loki in Google.

And holy shit have I gone far since.

Here were the comics, a sprawling evolution for the Villain, the Child, the Magpie, and the Storyteller, the last’s tale still unfolding, marching out of the mold labeled God of Evil by pioneer writers (and by the first Christians to slap the mantle of the Devil on him).

Here were the mythos, a vision of laughter and guile, myriad shapes and ultimate despair, strange children and legendary world-ending wrath.

Here were all these people who knew of all these Lokis, all these stories, all the stories they made from those stories, these excellent fans and friends.

Since first seeing that live action Loki—a character very much pruned down from his roots, made subtler, sadder, more prone to use blades than magic—I have come to put the comics’ God of Stories and the Norsemen’s God of Mischief both on the shelf reserved for Favorite Troublemaking Fucker(s). But I would be doing a disservice to the character and the god if I did not give thanks to the version that first opened the door to the Trickster and everything they’ve gotten their sneaky fingers into.

So, thank you to the Loki of the MCU.

Thank you to Tom Hiddleston for making the character more than the sneering cookie cutter villain put down in the script. Thank you for coddling the sour green meanie as you have, for being as much a geek for him as your own fans, for making him too marketable to kill off for good, as has not been the case for so many other MCU baddies. Thank you for being the gateway jerk god to all the other iterations of the jerk god.

Thank you.

(Now if you could just talk to the directors about getting a wig that doesn’t look like it’s not been washed in three days…)

Marvel Cinematic Universe

UPDATED!! Here is a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3. Here is Chronological Order on how watch the Cinematic Universe, if you are just getting started.
PHASE I:
Total Watch Time: 1 day 1 hour 28min.
1. Captain America: The First Avenger (Film)
2. Agent Carter (TV Series - Season 1)
3. Agent Carter (TV Series - Season 2)
4. Agent Carter (One - Shot in Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray)
5. Iron Man (Film)
6. Iron Man 2 (Film)
7. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer (One - Shot in Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-Ray)
8. Thor (Film)
9. The Incredible Hulk (2008 Film)
10. The Consultant (One - Shot in Thor Blu-Ray)
11. The Avengers (Film)
12. Item 47 (One-Shot in The Avengers Blu-Ray)
PHASE II:
Total Watch Time:
2 days 8 hours 12 min.
1. Iron Man 3 (Film)
2. Agents of SHIELD (TV Series - Season 1, Episodes 1- 7)
3. All Hail The King (One - Shot in Thor: The Dark World Blu-Ray)
4. Thor: The Dark World (Film)
5. Agents of SHIELD (TV Series - Season 1, Episodes 8 - 16)
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Film)
7. Agents of SHIELD (TV Series - Season 1, Episodes 17 - 22)
8. Guardians of the Galaxy (Film)
9. Daredevil (Netflix Series: Season 1)
10. Agents of SHIELD (TV Series - Season 2 Episodes 1 -19)
11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (Film)
12. Agents of SHIELD (TV Series - Season 2, Episodes 20 - 22)
13. AntMan (Film)
PHASE III
Total Watch Time So Far:
3 days 9 hours 19 minutes
1. Agents of SHIELD (TV Series - Season 3, Episodes 01 - 08)
2. Jessica Jones (Netflix Series: Season 1)
3. Agents of SHIELD (TV Series - Season 3, Episodes 09 - 12)
4. Daredevil (Netflix Series: Season 2)