What I Learned From Loki's Journey

What I Learned From Loki's Journey

How I learned to both enjoy the character of Loki and his own development journey through the MCU.

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By CEOOfHope - 6/22/2014

Let me preface this by saying that when I first saw the Phase One film THOR (2011), I actually hated the character Loki and was happy when he looked up at Odin and let go of the staff. I was hopeful that he would have just fallen into the abyss never to return. Then I saw the end teaser of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011) and was surprised to see Loki show up in several shots. Curious, I of course jumped onto the one and only Comic Book Movie to see that he was in fact to be the titular villain of THE AVENGERS (2012). At first I was disappointed, what about the Red Skull?! What happened to him after he was shot up into the heavens by an Asgardian-esque pillar of light? 

But... now that I have seen THOR (2011), THE AVENGERS (2012) and now THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013) multiple times I can fully admit that I was wrong about Loki. 

Let me lay out what has inspired me about Loki's journey in the MCU:


We've all experienced the realization that we are all different on the inside and that we cannot simply ignore who or what we truly are. As a people we have to understand that not everyone will willingly let their inner demons out. Therefore we must be critical of our interactions with people and take things with a grain of salt.

Holding in anger, pain and loneliness can lead to us becoming destructive and revengful. We can sometimes look to people who have alterior motives for help (ahem, THANOS) that lead us farther down this dangerous rabbit hole. However every now and then...

In our attempts to lash out and rid ourselves of our feelings of loneliness, loss and pain that it takes the effort of a loved one to bring a stop to it. Even though we may still believe that we were justified in our actions, what comes next is more often than not a rebirth in character.

Everything appears to be taken, we've hit rock bottom. The loneliness is has overtaken us and we have nowhere to turn, no one to trust anymore and no help. At least, that is what we believe. When we truly have nowhere to turn and no one to have in confidence, such as the death of Frigga, that is when rebirth occurs. Redemption only occurs when we realize that there is nowhere else to go. Like the Soundgarden song says "what if you found it wasn't you, that held the sum of everything you knew!"

In our quest to "climb the ladder" once more, we sometimes must make a sacrifice for another in order to redeem ourselves. Just as Loki says before his last moment, "I didn't do it for him." This sacrifice has to be to the one that we care about the most, perhaps even the one that showed us how destructive our original path was. 

Now if you're still reading... then THANK YOU! And yes, I know that SPOILER... Loki lives anyways and has taken the place of Odin. However, this is still a truth to his character development. It is a story of discovering who we are on the inside and the demons inside that can cause us to lash out. That even when we are wrong about our path we can still find redemption and eventually forgiveness from those that mean the most to us. 

DEVLIN712 - 6/22/2014, 5:21 PM
I don't think Loki's journey is over yet.
DEVLIN712 - 6/22/2014, 5:24 PM
I've tried a few times to write a comment that agrees with you, but I always end up sounding like an anarchist or the likes. So I'll just say nice article, thumbs up!
CEOOfHope - 6/22/2014, 5:44 PM
@Devlin712 I would wholeheartedly agree that is journey isn't over yet! Thank you for pointing that out. I'm sure there will be all kinds of Loki antics in Thor 3.
themidnightking - 6/22/2014, 5:57 PM
What did I learn from Loki? Never taunt the Hulk
TheHero - 6/22/2014, 5:57 PM
Wow...this is deep.
themidnightking - 6/22/2014, 5:57 PM
Nice Article
CEOOfHope - 6/22/2014, 6:05 PM
@Superhero96 Now that would be a good twist! Maybe a lead in to Avengers 3 whenever that may be...
BANE5000 - 6/22/2014, 6:33 PM
After watching Thor: The Dark World again and seeing the connection Loki has with Frigga, hows shes the only one who still loves him genuinely, even after he proclaims shes not his mother, she never gave up on her son and it looks like deep down Loki still loved her

But when she died and u see the guard break the news to him and he quietly stands up and feels the pain for a split second than lashes out with his powers ...To me, thats the moment Loki as officially been unleashed now that the one person he cared about is gone and has nothing and no one to hold back his wrath
Scorpion8125 - 6/22/2014, 6:53 PM
Very good article.

I love Loki and agree with your thoughtful points.

But I just watched Thor 2 again and saw Jaimie Alexander, so I gotta go confront my little pants Loki and help him along his journey.

GL - 6/22/2014, 7:31 PM
So that's what happened. I never got to see Thor: TDW, but thanks. Nice article!
ToxicCap - 6/22/2014, 7:35 PM
@Superhero69 you theory just gave me an idea. You know in the first Thor when we see the Infinity Gauntlet in Odin's Vault when those Frost Giants get disintegrated by The Destroyer? What if Loki hands over the Gauntlet to Thanos to get revenge on The Avengers? This can be where Thor truly kills Loki. Or Thanos can take it by force which will lead to Odin dying, Asgard being annihilated, and possibly even Loki's death because he failed Thanos in the Avengers.
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 7:44 PM
Loki better have a plan because Thanos does.
Wildaniel - 6/22/2014, 7:44 PM

mmadadamm - 6/22/2014, 7:46 PM
OR sometimes life is just a bitch and you get fvcked over no matter what because ppl fear what they don't understand and people are dumb.
Wildaniel - 6/22/2014, 7:47 PM
Loki - I never wanted the throne, I only ever wanted to be your equal!

Greatest line ever in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 7:47 PM
I have a theory on all of this.
Alfredo27 - 6/22/2014, 7:50 PM
I learned from Loki that Thor 2 is one of the most unrewatchable movies of alltime. It makes my ears bleed every 5 seconds from unwitty banter that most average romantic comedys can top. SO basically Thor 2 is a really really bad romantic comedy that has a villain that is so bland he has no motivation other than just cuz.
CEOOfHope - 6/22/2014, 7:51 PM
GAH! Holy cow. I never NEVER expected to end up on the main page. Thank you!
Liderc - 6/22/2014, 7:56 PM
Loki is getting boring to me. He wasn't even good in Thor 2, time to let go Marvel. Find us a new villain.
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 7:59 PM
It is likely that Loki is MCU Mephisto.
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 8:00 PM
In regards to the Infinity Gauntlet story Marvel is setting up.
CaptAmericaSux - 6/22/2014, 8:00 PM

I am Loki of Jotunheim! And I bring you a GIFT! And all I ask in return, is good seat in which to watch Asgard BURN!

PunPun - 6/22/2014, 8:04 PM
I learned that Loki suck and so does Tom Hiddleston. Dude couldn't act his way out of a paper bag.
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 8:05 PM
Very true.
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 8:07 PM
This is part of my Infinity Gauntlet article I have been trying to post for weeks. It will more or less change when I update it.

1. Allow Loki to take the Mind Stone/Gem
2. Loki will give Thanos the Space Stone/Gem
3. Thanos will use the Space Stone/Gem to transport himself to Earth. Where he’ll take the Mind Stone/Gem from Loki

Okay the first 3 steps weren’t that hard. Oh, wait. The Avengers screwed the first part of the plan up.
Wait a second though; this isn’t such a bad thing for Thanos. Now Thanos gets a “worthy” adversary. “To challenge them, is to court Death.”-The Other.
4. Thanos is out the Space Stone so he can’t go anywhere he pleases whenever he wants. THANKS A LOT LOKI! He needs to cover ground, fast!
5. Ronan the Accuser, Korath the Pursuer, Nebula and Gamora are a good group to be looking for these items.
6. Meanwhile on Earth, the Space Stone is taken back to Asgard, along with the villainous Loki. The Infinity Gauntlet is currently on Asgard as well. I’m not sure Thanos wants to take on Odin though. Let’s wait and see what happens.
7. Thor stops Malekith and the Power Stone from bringing about the end of the universe.
8. Thor leaves Asgard due to the events of the Convergence. He chooses Earth over Asgard and denies the thrown.
9. Loki usurps Odin and is now in control of Asgard. Where the Space Stone and the Infinity Gauntlet are being held.
10. Loki has the Power Stone taken to Taneleer Tivan/The Collector. The Collector is also in the possession of the Soul Stone.
11. The Guardians of the Galaxy, who are being pursued by Thanos’ minions, take the Time Stone to Taneleer Tivan/The Collector.
12. The Collector is now in possession of 3 Infinity Stones; Time, Power and Soul at the end of Phase 2.
13. Loki has 1 Infinity Stone and the Infinity Gauntlet on Asgard.
14. 2 Infinity Stones, the Mind and Reality Stones, are on Earth at the end of Phase 3. One of which (The Mind Stone), is right under Earth’s nose.
15. Step #15! Thanos can finally get involved! He takes 2 of The Collectors Infinity Stones. One of the Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone linked to Adam Warlock, is overlooked by Thanos.
16. Asgard is sacked by Thanos. Loki is killed and the Space Stone and the Infinity Gauntlet are taken.
17. 2 more to go right? Wrong! Remember that Adam Warlock was not discovered by Thanos.
18. Thanos heads to Earth to find the Mind Stone, which Loki told Thanos, was on Earth.
19. Time to finally fight the Avengers! Here I come Death!
20. Universe destroyed! Yeah! We did it!
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 8:09 PM
I doubt I'll post it though. Maybe I'll send it to a few users so they can read my ideas. Then you can fill in the blanks yourselves.
ZimXLR8 - 6/22/2014, 8:18 PM
@superhero96 the joker as well
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 8:20 PM
I know. The article needs to be updated and I'm too lazy. I'll try and send it to you if you'd like to read it.
koolaidbag - 6/22/2014, 8:25 PM
Congrats on the front page @CEOOfHope , and great article too. Love how in depth you got on this.
eleven59 - 6/22/2014, 8:26 PM
Yeah why not use the real mephisto?? Always need a new baddie waiting in the wings and hopefully flesh out over multiple appearances
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 8:27 PM
I think I sent it. I'm not sure though.
Maxi91291 - 6/22/2014, 8:29 PM
And I thought I was overthinking things :D .. very nice
AlexanderLykins - 6/22/2014, 8:45 PM
I just posted it in editorials too. Perhaps we can get a discussion going?
MightyZeus - 6/23/2014, 12:30 AM
Good article but i think maybe the Marvel Universe should focus and give more attention to other villains than Loki. Sad to admit that Loki's journey is not over yet even though i thought Loki's story should have ended in Thor The Dark World. I've never felt any sympathy for Loki, basically i think the character is a spoiled person who has every chance to redeem himself. Loki hates humans and thinks that humans and earth are beneath him i just can't stand behind a villain and share his values even though the character had his chance to have a change of heart.

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