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Loki

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Biography

Loki is a paradox in himself, the fruit of deception and trickery. The god of deception is not born in Asgard, but rather, he is the son of the king of the Giants of Jotunheim, a barbaric race mythologically and eternally in enmity with the Asgardians. Therefore, he is not a god, nor immortal, nor is he strong.  In fact, he is skinny and small by the standards of his race and is tossed aside by his father, Lafuey, and considered a disappointment. However, after Odin kills his father, an action in which Loki himself persuaded Lafuey to face Odin alone in a battle, Odin adopts him as his own son at the urging of his own father’s ghost. A real problem, right?

Even more so when we find out that the ghost of Bor, Odin’s father and first king of Asgard, is really Loki, who has traveled to the past to torment Odin and make sure that he adopts him and gives him a place in the Pantheon of the Nordic gods.

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Beyond his complicated origins, Loki’s story reminds us of many archetypes where the younger brother and the least favorite of the father grows up full of resentment and ends up turning against the house who took him in. Thus, Loki hates his brother Thor, and by extension all the Asgardians who treat him better. While his brother is strong and brave, something admired by others, Loki’s abilities tend more towards magic and intellect, something that is not of high priority in Asgard. Because of this, Loki quickly discovers that his destiny is not in the Nordic city…at least not as a servant.

Each step of the way he tries to kill Thor and Odin so that he can sit as the head of the nine realms and command a host of enemies against Asgard, at times, his guests won’t even know for whom they actually work.

Personality

It would be way too easy to fall into a simple characterization of Loki. Yes, he is the god of evil and deception. Yes, he is cruel on many levels and plays with people as if they were puppets. And yes, he has tried to kill his brother, his father, step mother, all the Asgardians, and all of humanity. But, in his defense, this is due to the jealousy he feels towards Thor since they were children, or rather, since eternity. The fact that Odin always relegated him to second place makes him hate them both. However, he is not incapable of seeing the common good when it aligns with his own personal interests, and fights at Thor’s side and that of The Avengers.

In the end, his wickedness is simply the result of occupying his place in the grand scheme of Marvel Universe.

Friends and Enemies

It would be way too easy to fall into a simple characterization of Loki. Yes, he is the god of evil and deception. Yes, he is cruel on many levels and plays with people as if they were puppets. And yes, he has tried to kill his brother, his father, step mother, all the Asgardians, and all of humanity. But, in his defense, this is due to the jealousy he feels towards Thor since they were children, or rather, since eternity. The fact that Odin always relegated him to second place makes him hate them both. However, he is not incapable of seeing the common good when it aligns with his own personal interests, and fights at Thor’s side and that of The Avengers. In the end, his wickedness is simply the result of occupying his place in the grand scheme of Marvel Universe.

Curiously, it also cannot be said that Loki has many friends or allies. It’s true that he has commanded the enemies of Asgard on several occasions, and schemed with Hela and Skagg to destroy the city, and he is also behind the siege that Norman Osborn and his “avengers” carried out against Asgard. However, his tendency to move behind the scenes and betray even his own daughter if necessary, which he did. It does not need saying that the only ally and only friend that Loki has is Loki, and sometimes not even that.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

One of the few faults in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the presence of complex villains that serve as more than just a punching bag for the hero to use and throw away. Red Skull, Ultron and The Mandarin, this last one being especially bloody, have not met our expectations. Although, this isn’t difficult if the expectations are set by Tom Hiddlestone’s Loki. After his grand appearance in Thor as an expert in the art of deception and manipulation, he is a great threat that obligates the most powerful heroes on the planet to unite against him in The Avengers. Lastly, he is one of the few redeeming elements in Thor: Dark World, one of the slowest earning movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It will be interesting to see which side he takes, and for how long, in Thor: Ragnarok this November, and how he evolves in relation to his brother Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth. The most recent trailers make it appear as if he is one of the good guys. It would be good to remember that the last we saw from the master of deception was that he had supplanted Odin on the throne of Asgard. Will Loki have something to do with the emergence of Ragnarok in the same way that he led Thanos to the Earth? Will he have taken The Hulk to Sakaar to be a gladiator? Will things have gotten out of hand? Something doesn’t fit, but one thing that is sure is that it won’t be clear until the end of the movie.

Powers

Although he is the sickly son of a giant, I suppose that makes him a normal person, which was good during the time he spent there, good for some type of magic or clarifying ritual, but what is certain is that Loki has a complete Asgardian physiology. This gives him the characteristic of superhuman strength, resistance and regeneration belonging to a god. Furthermore, Loki’s powers many times are found in his shape shifting ability and ability to use or shape mystical objects with Norn stones to drastically increase his power and create illusions that allow him to confuse and manipulate his enemies, and his allies.

Summary

Puppet Master

Loki is capable of making you confront your best friend. Bring out the worst in you, reveal your darkest secrets, and is able to make you do what he wants, with very little effort. Not only that, but you will think you are doing it of your own free will and won’t let anyone tell you any different. This ability of Loki, his way with words and magic and that he can turn anyone into a minion in his plans, is what makes him dangerous. Above all, because, at times, he lets himself be led by his chaotic nature which can turn what seems to him a mere pastime into a threat to reality itself.