I decided to dive deeper into the Avengers/Thor fandom, partly because I like the movies, partly out of nostalgia (I used to read a lot of fanfics), partly because I’m writing a superhero comic and want to find out more about why some fictional guys end up with so many fangirls. Because if I write a villain, he has to have fangirls. You know your villain is a successful villain if everyone wants to bang him.
Anyway, I want to talk about Loki. I noticed he has some normal fans, and some “apologists”. Normal fans and fangirls think he’s cool as he is, bad and sympathetic. But there are also people who can’t seem to handle the fact that he’s bad, and try to make up excuses for him. That could be “Thor and Odin killed people too”. Or it could be “He was mind-controlled the whole Avengers movie” (I hate that one the most, because it robs a cool character of their whole character and agency). I even remember reading that screenwriters themselves are mean to Loki, because he’s the nerd among the jocks, looks vaguely Jewish compared to his Aryan-looking friends, defies gender norms by using magic instead of brawn. Thus the movie is racist, sexist, and teaches us that nerds are evil.
They are entitled to their own opinions of course, but so am I. And to me, this kind of thing looks like the fictional version of looking at a killer in jail and saying “I looked into his eyes and felt that he was innocent”. And if you like some bad guy, IMO it’s best to at least not hold any illusions about him.
But there is also another explanation. Some viewers end up sympathizing and identifying with this character, and maybe projecting something of themselves onto him. Lots of people say Loki is kinda feminine in some ways, so it’s no wonder that fangirls identify with him. He can shapeshift, he uses magic (women’s work) and is feeling overlooked the same way some women feel overlooked in the man’s world. Lots to identify with, for some.
But then he says things that make those who identify with him feel conflicted about their identification. One is threatening to “pay Thor’s girlfriend a visit”. He actually doesn’t mention sex at all, but a lot of people’s minds jumped directly to rape when he said that. Is a rape threat implied, or is it just a typical reaction for those affected by feminist rape hysteria? Could be either. Anyway, the second troubling thing he says is his threatening speech to the Black Widow.
“I won’t touch Barton. Not until I make him kill you; slowly, intimately, in every way he knows you fear. And then he’ll wake just long enough to see his good work, and when he screams, I’ll split his skull! This is my bargain, you mewling quim!”
I had no idea, but I just checked, and quim actually means vagina. He called a woman a cunt!.. It’s funny how it went over most people’s heads. Some did find out though, especially feminist geeks, and found it offensive and uncharacteristic.
I guess it sucks when you start liking a character because he seems to fit a whole bunch of SJW-decided victim classes at once, but then he disappoints by acting like the oppressor class. Damn villains, acting like villains.