Study Guide

Thor Jealousy

Jealousy

THOR: As king of Asgard...!

ODIN: But you're not king! Not yet.

This is perhaps the greatest sign that Thor's getting a little too big for his britches. He goes on and on about how awesome his dad was for kicking frost giant butt, and figures this time it's going to be hit turn. But as Odin warns him, that power isn't his yet… and frankly Thor may be getting a little green-eyed staring at it for so long.

LOKI: You could have told me what I was from the beginning! Why didn't you?

ODIN: You're my son... I wanted only to protect you from the truth...

LOKI: What, because I... I... I am the monster parents tell their children about at night?

Loki isn't listening to what Odin's telling him. Instead, he's filling in his own details, something that strengthens his jealousy and plays into thinking of himself as a victim.

ODIN: You are a vain, greedy, cruel boy!

THOR: And you are an old man and a fool!

Whoa. Looks like Loki's not the only one with a little case of the green-eyed meanies. Thor's kind of eyeing that throne of his dad's a little too much for comfort…

AGENT CALE: Is that one of Stark's?

AGENT COULSON: I don't know. Guy never tells me anything.

This one's a shout-out to the greater Marvel Universe. "Stark" is Tony Stark of course—Iron Man—whom Coulson has deal with on two occasions before and who clearly is privy to info that Coulson isn't. That makes him a little jealous of Stark's position: the fact that Stark clearly is higher up the food chain that he.

LOKI: You know, it all makes sense now, why you favored Thor all these years, because no matter how much you claim to love me, you could never have a frost giant sitting on the throne of Asgard!

And there it is in a nutshell: for all of Loki's aspirations to rule, for all his sinister schemes, he's pretty much doing what he does because daddy doesn't love him best. We'd laugh…but there are more than a few real-world politicians who never outgrew their playground stage either.

LAUFEY: So you're the one who showed us the way into Asgard.

LOKI: That was just a bit of fun, really. To ruin my brother's big day, and to protect the realm from his idiotic rule for a while longer.

Loki lies to Laufey a lot, but we're pretty sure he's telling the truth here. Which means that Loki's jealousy has enough of a hold on him to make him do truly dangerous things— like let frost giants into an arsenal— just to get even.

LOKI: I never wanted the throne, I only ever wanted to be your equal!

From first frame to last, Loki is consumed by jealousy. Not just jealousy that Thor is the first-born, but that he's going to be the heir of Asgard…something Loki thinks he's terrifyingly unqualified for. And yet Thor's still the apple of Odin's eye, something Loki desperately wants and can never have. It's enough to give you a case of the Resentful Glares, that's for sure.

THOR: Why have you done this?

LOKI: To prove to Father that I am a worthy son! When he wakes, I will have saved his life, I will have destroyed that race of monsters, and I will be true heir to the throne!

Seen by the cold light of day, this is actually really sad. Loki feels so absolutely inadequate that he has to commit genocide in order to prove that he's worth dad's attention. We'd hate to think what would happen if he ever got cut from the football team…

THOR: Loki, this is madness!

LOKI: Is it madness? Is it? Is it? I don't know what happened on Earth to make you so soft! Don't tell me it was that woman? Oh, it was. Well maybe, when we're done here, I'll pay her a visit myself!

Obviously, Loki's not jealous of Jane. But he is jealous of Thor's favored status, and with the delicate stuff set aside, he's willing to go for the obvious target to get a rise out of his brother. (Though that might not be wise: have you seen Thor when he's mad?)

LOKI: Look at you. The mighty Thor! With all your strength! And what good does it do you now? Do you hear me, brother? There's nothing you can do!

Actually, there is, but even now, the villain's got something to prove. Seriously Loki, grow up! (And lay off the sarcasm, huh?)

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