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New Loki story: Infinity War canon divergence

New Loki story – Infinity War Canon Divergence

(Remember a few weeks ago I made a post about struggling to put all the puzzle pieces of a story together? This, finally, is that story.)

Contrary to my policy to never post WIPs, I began posting my new Loki story “On Yggdrasil’s Branches” in early April. I started writing it several weeks before “Infinity War” came out, because I had a strong suspicion they were going to do two things which would royally piss me off and I figured I’d write pre-emptive canon-divergence. I set it up, though, so that if IW went in another direction, this story could, as well.

Well, Marvel did exactly the two things I hoped they wouldn’t do.



First, I’ll just say the way they killed Loki just sucked and was also full of plot holes. (I’ve been ranting about that elsewhere on the net.)

But there’s another issue. I was very invested in the Ragnarok storyline of rescuing the surviving Asgardians. Refugee issues are important to me, and I really wanted to see them all set up in Asgardia, floating above (or on the surface of) Norway. Or even Broxton, OK, like in the comic books.

That did not happen. And though the rumors are flying that Valkyrie, Korg, etc. managed to save some of the Asgardians and they’ll be back in Avengers 4, seeing all those bodies in the ship and floating in space just crushed me.

There’s this unrecognized trope in movies about which people are worth saving/resurrecting (humans) and which lives can be discarded without a thought (aliens). The first Star Trek reboot movie? Destroy Vulcan and 6 billion people, but hey, earth gets saved, so Win! In Infinity War, destroy Xandar, Knowhere, Nidavellir, and lots of Asgardians before the opening credits? Do a timey-wimey thing and presto, resurrection! For some. But what about the rest of them?

I hope TPTB at Marvel realizes the implication of who gets to be resurrected, and who stays dead. How far back will they go? If it’s just to unsnap the ones who got snapped – IIRC primarily if not exclusively the people on earth we’ve seen (vs. all the rest of the beings in the universe we have not seen) – but not all the aliens who died before the opening credits (AKA, we don’t need to worry about the deaths of “the others” as long as “we” survive), I have a big problem with that. Come on, Marvel. Don’t go there.

“On Yggdrasil’s Branches”

BTW, writing a WIP? Feels like being on a trapeze without a net. I hope I can pull this one off.

Comments

I'd be surprised if they don't bring Loki back in the next movie. That's what they do. Well, that's what DC does. I don't know Marvel well enough to say, but it would make sense. Isn't he one of the more favorite characters?
Yeah, Marvel's like DC - the characters always come back. There was a very interesting storyline awhile back in one of the comic books. I am spacing on the details right now - either Steve Rogers was dead and Bucky Barnes had been resurrected, or vice versa. Natasha Romanov shows up at the HQ of a gossip website a la TMZ who had put up a fake story about the one who died being resurrected. The rest of the story became something of a commentary on what it would be like when "special people" can come back from death, but ordinary people cannot, and what this would mean psychologically to non-powered people.

Yes, Loki is very popular. In a recent internet poll (not that those are reliable) 16 or so Marvel characters went head to head in elimination contests to determine the most popular character in the MCU, and Loki won at the end.

Also, Jimmy Kimmel a week or so ago, sponsored a charity event in which the actors drew quick portraits of their characters that were then auctioned off for charity. Last time I checked, Tom Hiddleston's portrait of Loki was up to $7,700; Robert Downey Jr's portrait of Tony Stark was up to $5,500, and the rest of the actors - at least another dozen people - were below $5,000.
When I saw them kill off Loki, I immediately thought of you! :)

I'd bet they bring back everyone Thanos snapped away but as for those before that? Anyone's guess!

I laughed at non-comics sans'reactions to the ending. They don't know that no one stays dead in comics, tee hee. :)
Yeah, who know about everyone before that? They completely ruined the endings of Ragnarok and of Guardians of the Galaxy # 1.