Today I stumbled upon different posts in my newsfeed online about the movie Thor 2 coming out soon, but everyone is ecstatically happy because of Loki’s roles in the Marvel movies, and it has gathered a bit of a following (understatement of the century goes to…)
I had the sudden epiphany about how huge this Marvel-Loki worship is becoming, what better way for the real Loki to gain followers, adulation, love of millions, and many fans lusting after Him? Imbue this Marvel-Loki with inspiration, humor, and twisted humor that echoes the true Loki, and BOOM, you have millions of worshipers.
What better way to tweak the noses of conservative Modern Asatru or Heathens who refuse to acknowledge Loki in any way, or vilify His name? For Loki to take this movie series and generate so much interest in Him via people being inspired by the movie to look up info on Loki online, and finding hundreds of blogs regarding His devotees.
This is also made more powerful by how the actor who plays Marvel-Loki behaves , inspiring hundreds of people to chant “Loki!” over and over in adulation and joy.
I have found His impression of these events to be laughter and some well deserved preening, because He is being worshiped when this happens. The actor is drawing attention to a Name that has power, and tapping into a God who enjoys the attention being given to Him.
Marvel-Loki isn’t quite the true Loki, but some of the parts of the movies have shown aspects of how Loki behaves, one of His specialties is using words to influence others. Word-weaving and twisting to serve His plans, and aid Him in some goal. When we see Marvel-Loki in the Avengers the impression is he has been driven to madness and cruelty because he landed in a bad neighborhood (wherever the Chitauri are from), was tortured and harmed until he made a deal to get out of a bad situation and save his own hide. Sound like Anyone we know?
These same actions have occurred in the lore regarding Loki, such as ending up with His lips sewn shut, having to orchestrate the kidnapping of Idunna (and Her rescue), and when Sleipnir was conceived. Technically Sleipnir’s conception isn’t entirely within this example, but Him shape-shifting into a mare, becoming pregnant, and giving birth to His child changes Loki in many ways (mostly UPG).
I see Him having learned about sacrificing comfort for His child, the bond a mother shares with her infant, the challenges of raising a baby, and the pains of labor to bring that baby into the world.
So this is my post today. enjoy the pictures.