You all know Loki Odinson, born Laufeyson. He’s the kind-of villain you love to hate, with the super sympathetic motivation of wanting to be respected by his brother and make his father proud. We’ve seen his fall from grace in ‘Thor’, total mental breakdown in ‘Avengers Assemble’ and semi-redemptive arc in ‘Thor: The Dark World’. His character is constantly changing and developing and Marvel is finally giving him as much screen time as the fans demand, but we have a problem in ‘Ragnarok’.
He doesn’t wear green.
Green is a central colour to the character. Way back from the first Thor movie Loki has used green magic and worn armour embellished with green as symbols of his darkness and jealousy. You can find examples of the colour used to evoke similar tropes in films like the Harry Potter series, where the villain throws out murky green spells to attack the shining golden heroes. This time around, however, Loki isn’t the villain of the film – a bonus for fans who want to see a redemptive arc – but they take his goddamn green armour away.
It turns out Loki isn’t actually the evillest Odinson, that dubious honour goes to their newly discovered sister Hela. And she wears the hell out of some green. Now I’m not bashing Hela, Cate Blanchett’s performance is scene stealing and scenery chewing, but I’m saying there’s enough room for two green infused characters in such a big film.
I mean look at this. Loki is wearing blue. With yellow. This isn’t right. The merchandise is giving me a headache, what child would want to dress up as this knockoff Trickster!? No child of mine.
It might seem like I have some very strong feelings about things no sane person would care about, but I needed to get this off my chest. Does anyone agree with me on this? Anyone at all…?