Loki’s facial expressions alone make this scene a total win
plus he is absurdly cute lying there with his hands over his belly and laughing like he’s being tickled
I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE
how does he look so COMFY when he’d just been thrown on the ground srsly i have no idea
It’s because he’s totally been here before. He’s totally roughhoused with Thor before. He’s chilling on the cliff laughing ironically because it’s familiar.
For me it’s got an adorable and kind of sad undertone, sort of like “are you ever NOT going to fall for that,” because it’s a wonderfully subtle reminder to the audience how long these two have KNOWN each other, bunked together, fought/played together (as Thor outright says), know each other’s most endearing and most annoying habits and greatest hopes and worst fears. But Loki knows more about Thor because Thor has only recently acquired the maturity to recognize that smaller beings need to be given careful attention and protection, whereas Loki stood in shadow for eons carefully observing all his brother’s tics, learning him comprehensively, to begin with because Loki was naturally this cautious analytical person who knew something SOMETHING in the world was off or untrue and trying to learn the secret with respect to everyone and everything….and just.
Long run on sentence there but. “I missed you, too.” It’s the most painful line in the film. It screams “FAMILY.” It carries so much else that’s unspoken. “I know you so well. I didn’t think I’d see you again but here we are like we probably will be at the end of all eternity. And all you seem to care about is where is the object I have that could shake up the order of things, you don’t even give a damn that I’m not dead, so I’ll stall with a sarcastic zinger about you ‘missing’ me and me reciprocating more than I’d like to admit.” (which is largely a misapprehension on Loki’s part, but that he thinks this tells a lot about him as a character and about their gd relationship that I swear will one day kill my heart, just kill it.)
Sorry. PMS and migraine. lol.
It’s like… just when I think I’ve fathomed the depths of my Thor and Loki feels… posts like this emerge from some god-forsaken trench of the internet’s vast ocean of emotions, and GOD-DAMNIT.
His hands over his stomach, though… is it because it hurt being thrown? Is it a naturally self-protective gesture? Or is it because even Loki, even the runt of the Frost Giant litter can have warmth inside of him at feeling a reminder of childhood, of having a bond with another being…?
Even for standing in the shade of Thor’s “greatness,” you just know that there was that brotherly kinship… that through all of that, he felt SOMETHING of a bond with Thor… He felt it with Odin, too. If he hadn’t, nothing that transpired in their first film’s story would have hurt him so sharply, so deeply. He denies it, actively invalidates it because he sees it as a fault, a weakness to have been, as he sees it, bamboozled and betrayed by these persons. It’s not that it doesn’t hurt, it’s that he will not admit, perhaps even to himself by this time, that the pain exists.
And Thor… He doesn’t only care for the Tesseract, of course… he mourned for Loki. He lost his brother just after finally waking up to LIFE, reality, and a sense of maturity. When he could finally have appreciated Loki for all that he was, he let go into the abyss. Not thrown, not intentionally, but lost all the same.
Thor may have grabbed him up inside the transport ship with purpose and firm action, but here he looks hesitant, almost wincing. He lingers away from Loki, everything in his demeanor so far from the confident and swaggering god of thunder that he has been known to be and is even later in the presence of others. It’s almost as if he is uncertain and nervous to even approach Loki, not knowing what he’ll be like, what he’ll do, how angry he might be…
Thor is afraid his brother isn’t his brother anymore, and he doesn’t even know how to approach him, so he shoots straight for the business end of things, asking about the inanimate (if you can call it such, truly) object that isn’t even present in the scene. There is weight and pain in his stance, just as there is that momentary lapse in Loki’s cold (no pun intended) countenance.