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Loki Was Influenced By The Scepter In The Avengers

I’ve always had a bit of an odd take on the character of Loki. At least with most other people I’ve spoken to, a lot of them didn’t really care much for him as a villain until he popped up in The Avengers and started to really chew the scenery. For me, however, that scenery-chewing aspect of him was something that rang a bit false.

In Thor, the character was a sympathetic villain who only wanted to impress his father. Joss Whedon seemed to retcon his personality as a real mustache-twirling villain bent on making humans bend the knee to him. They took what was essentially a relatable villain and made him, for the lack of a better term, a cartoon character. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love The Avengers, and it was a lot of fun to watch, but as a character, Loki always felt off.

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Now, it looks like there is a canon reason for that, as revealed on Marvel’s official page for the character, which chronicles his biography, his relationships, and overall motivations:

“Offering the God of Mischief dominion over his brother’s favorite realm Earth, Thanos requested the Tesseract in return. Gifted with a Scepter that acted as a mind control device, Loki would be able to influence others. Unbeknownst to him, the Scepter was also influencing him, fueling his hatred over his brother Thor and the inhabitants of Earth.”

All of a sudden, this makes sense. In the time since The Avengers, Loki has become a more sympathetic character yet again. While he’s not as subdued as he was in Thor, he still has shades of that in his motivations (though it is more coated with his more mischievous side), which I love. Now, I can finally reconcile why he felt so drastically different in that one movie.

What do you think of this explanation? Do you buy it? Did you ever have a problem with Loki in The Avengers? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Marvel

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