Fan theories are always fun aren’t they? So let’s check out this neat little one from CBM’s BaronZemo (yes, that is their username).
This theory simply puts the question to you: Is Loki the true hero of the MCU?
I know, right? Suggesting that, what many people consider to be, the best, and in some cases, only good villain of the MCU, is the true hero all along. It sounds like complete madness. Well, for those interested, feel free to check out the full theory here.
Personally, after reading this, I don’t think this really works as a theory for why Loki is the ‘true hero’ of the MCU. When you look at the pure details, it relies on the assumption that Loki knows a lot of details that he’s never shown as actually knowing. As well as it being pivotal on Loki having met Thanos, an interaction I don’t believe has ever been confirmed in the MCU, (Loki only ever shown as talked to The Other in ‘The Avengers’). But I still think the theory provides an interesting and well-presented read.
However, I would argue that this theory is instead, an excellent piece on why Loki is one of the MCU’s best villains, and this can be found through the author’s explanation of Loki’s actions in Thor.
“Maybe he was wrong in doing these things, but his intentions weren’t actually evil as he genuinely thought he was doing the right thing.”
And it’s here I think the mark is made as to why Loki is a great villain, and not a secret hero. He makes the worst possible decisions, resulting in the death and suffering on countless characters, but he thinks he’s doing the right thing.
Going back to a phrase that is thrown about a lot in the politics of today:
“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
This idea can be applied to Loki, in ‘Thor’, he thinks himself as the hero, when he isn’t. It is a wonderful way to show complexity in conflict through the simplicity of character. Because Loki’s motivations and actions are simple, but the conflict he has with his brother is far from it.
What do you guys think of this theory? Is Loki the true hero? Or the MCU’s ultimate villain? Sound off in the comments below!