Many Marvel fans love Loki. When he’s being a bad guy, he’s his avid fans’ favorite bad guy. When he’s being a good guy, they love him even more. His appeal is that he’s selfish, narcissistic, and cleverly evil at times while demonstrating selflessness, humility, and honor at just the right moment.
Disney didn’t think so. In a move reminiscent of George Lucas changing Star Wars history to make Greedo shoot first, they’ve taken a common fan theory and turned it into Marvel canon.
The theory is that Loki was actually doing the bidding of Thanos when he brought about the events in The Avengers. Just as Loki used his Mind-Stone-powered scepter to control other people, so too did Thanos use the scepter to make Loki his agent of destruction. While Disney didn’t use the exact theory, they recently changed Loki’s profile page on marvel.com to include a watered-down variation of the theory.
According to Loki’s new biography:
Arriving at the Sanctuary through a wormhole caused by the Bifrost, Loki met the Other, ruler of the ancient race of extraterrestrials the Chitauri, and Thanos. 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.
This is a huge mistake. It’s intended to give them a better anti-hero for the upcoming Loki show on their soon-to-launch Disney+ streaming service. But it misses the mark completely. Yes, his fans might want him to be a little less evil and they’ll even latch onto his title as the “god of mischief” to demonstrate that he’s not truly evil, but the truth throughout the comics and in nearly all of Loki lore is that he’s a villain. He’s never really a good guy because even when he’s doing good things, he’s doing them to serve his own purposes.
This wiping of his history to make it cleaner for their show is well within their right and it might even be the smart move. But it’s ugly nonetheless.
The funny part is Loki actor Tom Hiddleston might have something indirect to do with this. The British actor is so darn likable, it’s hard to imagine him committing the type of acts he initiated in The Avengers. Perhaps for his squeaky-clean image, this is a good idea. Then again, a semi-evil Hiddleston makes for a much more interesting role than an anti-hero who is simply mischievous from time to time.
Disney has already ruined Star Wars. Now they’re trying to ruin one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe as well. That’s not a good thing. But hey, it’s Disney. They’re not going to listen to anyone. We’re just roadblocks to their next big paycheck.