Even in the midst of impending doom, Loki and Sylvie are there hand in hand and accept their new fate together.
Marvels limited series, Loki, has proven once again that Marvel loves to turn it on us. (Spoilers for the show will follow!)
The show uses the concept of “variants,” threatening a “sacred timeline” to explore the variety of stories that a type of person could have or could possibly be. It’s basically an exploration of alternative timelines and realities, something that comic book stories love to show.
The classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) shows that the cheater who alienates himself becomes lonely, while Boastful Loki (DeObia Oparei) and the pack of Lokis like him revert to the default of cheating on anyone who cares about them cares or cares for them. No matter which Loki we look at, we see several sides that all resemble the same person.
Nobody in the MCU understands Loki (Tom Hiddleston) better than Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), a female Loki who is on the hunt to destroy the Time Variance Authority (TVA) bureaucrats. Sylvie is a fantastic character herself, and her complex relationship with herself in the form of Hiddleston has made Loki’s character far more complex than any other character in the MCU.
Sylvie’s role has become a crucial element for Loki on a narrative and emotional level. She is a spiritual mirror that reveals details about Loki to him and the audience that help both understand how the character evolves from his role in the first play avenger.
The author of the show, Michael Waldron, told Den of Geek, “It’s a journey of self-reflection, literally and figuratively. When he met Sylvie and then other versions of himself [Loki is] To have to look inward in ways he has never done before and really have to ask the question, ‘Am I capable of change?
Character and theme
The idea of change is the main theme of the show, and the idea is pushed and challenged in each episode when Loki or some variant has the opportunity to betray someone and save himself. Although Sylvie and Loki have very different backstories, the two share a similar selfish mindset. It is easier for them to focus on the task at hand rather than dealing with their own traumas.
Marvel presents the idea of trauma in its films and shows in a variety of ways, but the trauma in Loki focuses on the self and not the physical world.
If there is one thing that makes a Loki a Loki, it is his inability to find acceptance for himself. The fact that Sylvie and Loki have each other means for Sylvie and Loki that they are forced to look at themselves.
The nexus event (what the show calls a distraction from the sacred timeline) that they caused happened because they learned to have compassion for one another and for themselves. Instead of accepting their assigned role, they learn that they can change and improve as anyone else can.
Loki tells a love story, and it is fitting that Loki finds love for himself like a joke. The show doesn’t shy away from making fun of Loki’s narcissism while also giving him room to be vulnerable in ways that Marvel has never shown us before.
“Loki is the type of guy who thinks he’s a bad guy,” says Waldron. “And here he meets a version of himself in which he doesn’t see that … and then he can imagine himself as something else.”
Loki and Sylvie’s path to self-acceptance and maybe even love is a strange, slightly self-centered, and chaotic journey, but that doesn’t make it any less valid.
Stories like LokiBecause it is set on the characters’ tropes, it can tell rich stories of complex characters through a unique lens. As Marvel fans, we understand that as the villain, Loki is ready to lose in the end.
Loki solidifies this trope when (Owen Wilson) Loki says Lokis is destined to lose. By undermining the audience’s expectations of a character trope, the possibilities of telling a more personable story are endless.
“Our show is about a couple of Lokis trying to change [their destiny], trying to redefine what it means to be a Loki and figure that out for yourself, “says Waldron.
With the series finale on Disney + this coming Thursday, we’ll see if Loki and Sylvie discover they are more than a role assigned to them by the TVA or the Smart Writers’ Room Loki. However, the feat of reshaping and humanizing a character who debuted more than nine years ago is something to marvel at and take a few notes.
The characters in our stories are constantly changing, and allowing them to become who they need to be to themselves is a selfless act for the writer. That way, the story can branch out in as many directions as it can never thought or considered, and could create a groundbreaking story that will change the game of screenwriting.
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