HOUSE OF ENID / URBAN PARADISE EDITORIAL – PRINTS AVAILABLE HERE
joss whedon: loki tortures and murders people for fun, and, despite being the god of CHAOS, is a fascist who says things like “it’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation”
taika waititi: loki is an annoying little shit who day-drinks, puts on theater about himself, and fucks his way to the top
joss whedon: loki and thor are gods, so they always talk proper and posh and in cryptic riddles so for no reason. it makes them seem more powerful and mystical.
taiki waititi: one time when they were kids loki turned into a snake because he knows thor loves snakes and then thor went to pick up the snake and then loki turned back into himself and screamed “yueagh, it’s me!” and then he stabbed thor
Taika Waititi has a deeper understanding of Norse mythological accuracy than Joss lol
Because I’m an unrepentant fan i do have to point out: “Loki tortures and murders people for fun” is an entirely informed trait.
Canon Norse Mythology Loki once turned into a horse and let another horse get him pregnant so he could trick a giant into building a wall.
We can pretty easily have a character who tortures and murders for fun, and also gets knocked up by a horse to get out of paying the bill on a wall. These are both intensely chaotic things to do. It’s the fascism that seems anti-chaos to me. Fascism is more like “God of Order is taking things Too Damn Far” which I feel like any Loki (Norse or Marvel) would be opposed to, if only because it’s really boring.
“it’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation” is Lawful Evil. Anything called Loki is Chaotic Fuck. Sometimes Evil, but only because the Good Guys ™ make it so damn tempting (see: the murder of Baldur, god of light and bravery and all that is soft and good and probably puppies).
That bit about gods being all Propper And Posh and Cryptic sounds very Christian to me. Maybe Odin, because I hear kings and prophesy and sorcery and Infinite Wisdom tend to do that to you, but Thor is the god of the common man. He’s your larger than life drinking buddy who is somehow the designated driver, wingman, bouncer, and drinking everybody under the table all at once. He’s great, but not “Posh” by any stretch of the word. Loki might sound primm and proper, but only if it would fuck with someone.
Cyberpunk without punk is a celebration of capitalist excess and fascist aesthetics.
I’m going to save up for a new motorcycle by running a scam where I bet straight dudes at bars twenty bucks that I can get a girl’s number in under five minutes and then politely walk up her and say, “I just bet that asshole twenty bucks that I could get your number. I’ll split it with you if you pretend to laugh like I just said a good pick up line and then write a fake number on my hand.”
Like, I never understood those kind of bets in those shitty teen movies. Everybody loves being part of a scheme, man. Use your head.
If anyone ever does this to me I’ll call them out on being a con artist.
Joke’s on you, buddy. That’ll only have consequences the first, what, couple dozen times? I can take a punch.
But then eventually, I’ll have money for the bike, and whenever I get called out, I’ll just speed off, and, sure, maybe I crash and die in a gutter and the police can’t figure out why I have hundreds of fake phone numbers stuffed in my jacket and it launches a huge investigation that becomes sort of a local legend, but you know whose problem that is? Not fucking mine.
Because I’m a slutty motorcycle ghost, and who’s gonna’ stop me then? The ghost cops? Nice try. Everybody knows cops can’t become ghosts because they just go straight to hell. It’s basic math.
If anyone ever does this to me, I’ll be more likely to give them my real number.
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