Let me point something out here. Loki’s in pain. Cant you tell? The way he grits his teeth as he sits. The way he grips onto the car. (it’s not shown here.) You can see the purple bags under his eyes and how prominent his cheek bones are. The Avengers he was in so much pain it makes my heart heart.
((BUT THAT IS ALSO HOW GOOD OF AN ACTOR TOM IS.))
Damn right he is. And you just know he’s not the kind to show that if it can be avoided. (Except when he’s deliberatly exaggerating, like after Thor pulls him from the plane, all “OMG THOR SHIT MY BACK BE CAREFUL YOU ASSHOLE”.)
Another thing it took me a while to notice: the way he almost doubles up and keels over leaving the tesseract chamber. His mindcontrolled agent literally has to run up and support him out.
Yup. That’s one broken Loki.
Since I’m reasonably sure the blue-eyed Loki theories are wrong, and Joss Whedon doesn’t do things like this accidentally, I really wonder what the backstory is.
I mean, he was tortured, sure. But why does tortured Loki do as he’s told? Did he intend to actually take over the planet? Is he really -that- afraid of Thanos?
Inquiring minds want to know!
Alright, here’s my theory. I don’t think he was mind-controlled, although he may have been a little bit manipulated. Torture does seem likely. They broke him a little bit, not just physically, but mentally. Whispered things in his ear, like how Thor “threw [him] into an abyss” when in actuality he let go and fell, or that he should be king and hey, if he can’t have Asgard, why not rule Midgard? Despite the fact that he previously stated that he never wanted the throne, and I believe he meant it. I mean, why WOULD he want to rule? A trickster god? It wouldn’t suit him. Too much responsibility, having to deal with all those people, all that boring king shit he’d have to do uuuuggghhh that’s just no fun at all. Loki would be most happy if he’s free to do what he wants and go where he wants. If he desires control, he will whisper the right words in the right people’s ears and make things happen from the shadows. That is his way.
When Thanos is all like, “Here, have this sceptre, now go down to Midgard and get me the Tesseract and in return you can rule the Earth”, I think Loki would have jumped at the chance to get away from Thanos and thus, stop being tortured. Also, there would be that little voice in his head saying, “Yes, you SHOULD rule Midgard. You DESERVE to, it is your RIGHT.” Which he has been manipulated into thinking.
I think a lot of the things Loki says about ruling is just the stuff that was put in his head by Thanos, but I don’t think his heart is really in it. A part of him knows he doesn’t really want this, but he’s going along with it in order to save his own skin.
To be honest, from what I know about what Loki can do, I think he could have done a much better job at taking over the Earth. Perhaps Coulson was right when he told him “You lack conviction”.
Also, he didn’t seem all that upset when he lost. He just seemed exhausted and in pain.
Yep, that’s what I think.