2010-04-13 22:43 (UTC)
What I would have liked to have seen was Loki saying 'You know what? Screw this. I've tried taking over Asgard, I've schemed and battled and won and lost and screw ALL of it. I'm TIRED, Thor, tired of being stuck in the same mold forever and a day, and I want to try a change. I helped build Asgard into what it became; Odin's spear and that hammer you've swung against me so damn often are both a result of MY cunning. I want to go back to that Loki, the one who plotted for the good of Asgard instead of its downfall." (Maybe not those words, but that sentiment.)
I could see him as being, like, the Foreign Minister of Asgard, and playing a vital role in three or four Crossover Crises. Maybe playing a vital role when Asgard was attacked by the Skrull god-killers, acting as a double agent in the Dark Cabal (even if that means accepting Osborn's rise, which I refuse to do on principle) and a couple more past that. He wins
everybody's trust, spends about 5 real-time years doing so, and right around then? He starts falling back into old villainous habits. And he can
himself doing it, possibly out of boredom, possibly out of spite, possibly out of both... and despite his struggles to avoid succumbing to his own worse nature, he's back to a betrayer again.
One of the most fundamental problems with Loki as he's been portrayed since the reboot is that he's been able to GET AWAY with obviously scheming BS. As things stood when they got started, any person in Asgard should have called Loki a filthy liar if he just said the sky was blue, so
why were they listening to him!?
He had no trust to betray! The only way any of this plotting he's done was able to happen was if the entire floating city was chiseled out of a giant Idiot Ball!
...But, enough ranting. Intriguing anti-hero ideas, yes; cackling plotter with occasional flashes of insight no.
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