Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Sons of Asgard

"One son who wanted the Throne too much, another who will not take it."

**SPOILERS** Thor 2 The Dark World. Ah, so amazing. Probably my most favorite story arc in the Marvel series, next to Tony Stark's, is Loki and Thor's journey as characters. Thor 2 did not disappoint! The contrast between Loki and Thor is so fascinating as they are faced with a common enemy, the Dark Elves, and how their motivations come to light through this confrontation. I love how Thor continues down the path of a servant's heart, taking the lower then lowest ground whereas Loki . . . well, he takes a more twisted path. Haha. From the very beginning Thor's motivations are pure, even purer than his father Odin's. Jane, having accidentally come into contact with Dark Matter, is in danger of her life, and where Odin sees her as unimportant to the larger scheme of things, Thor fights for her. Though a mere human to them, Thor sees value in her, just as he sees value in all humans of Earth. Thor is a protector of the Realms, and he takes the servant's position. Loki, on the other hand, does not bow to anyone, languishing in his prison, owning none of his wrongs. Then when confronted with their enemy, sees them as a means of selfish gain through manipulation and tricks. When the two brothers are forced to join together for a common cause, love motivates Thor whereas rage motivates Loki (or so it seems). In the end, both brothers achieve what they want, and Loki finds himself sitting on the Throne and Thor finds himself refusing it. He not only refuses the Throne, but even goes further to say that Loki understood ruling better than himself and that he desires to live with the same honor he believes his brother died with, putting himself now, lower than even Loki, a man who was his very enemy. So, here we have a man taking the lowest position, claiming no honor or glory for himself, but remaining humble in every respect. Whereas Loki's position is one of the unbending proud, and his refusal to come down from off his throne continues to cause himself and others much pain. We have no idea what he did with his father, and it was through Loki's own manipulation that inadvertently killed their mother. His road is inevitably self-destructive. Yet Loki's journey is not so black and white as all that. His motivations seem clear, as I've outlined, but yet they are not, for Loki shows another quite different face through the events of Thor 2, and it is quite interesting, indeed! Perhaps it is Thor's own true goodness, guilelessness, and humility that will save Loki in the end.

I love Marvel. Anyway, needless to say, I was inspired to do some Loki/Thor sketches. I decided to go with something a little more "authentic" with the sketches, giving the character studies a Norse-edge. Haha. These shall also be available at the Phoenix Comicon. :-) Please, enjoy!



"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." - Philippians 2:3 - 8.

He makes everything beautiful in its time . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11