I missed the great Avengers craze of 2012–I actually didn’t dive into Marvel until 2013. Loki was one of the few characters I was initially drawn to in the Avengers, mainly because of his snark and of course his wardrobe. But it was really Tom Hiddleston’s in-character appearance at SDCC 2013 that sold me on him. Marvel was hyping Thor: The Dark World at the convention, and I remember seeing the video of Tom’s performance and being absolutely blown away by his charisma on stage. The way he immerses himself fully into the character is just incredible.
When it comes to Loki as a character, I’ve always been a fan of the morally grey ones, and Loki certainly fits the bill there. He is one of the most layered and emotionally complex characters I’ve ever come across; I love that you never know quite what he’s going to do next. You know he has very adamant reasons for doing what he does, but it’s a lot more difficult to discern what those reasons are because there are so many levels to them. He is charming, bitter, broken, and delightfully mischievous all at once–and, of course, impeccably dressed.
“Satisfaction’s not in my nature.”
Not one of his well-known quotes, but I think it’s surprisingly one of the truest statements Loki has every said about himself. He is never satisfied, and in the end that’s what makes him his own worst enemy.
I’m going to go with some advice for cosplayers out there, which I always try to throw out whenever I have the opportunity: don’t compare your first costume to someone else’s 20th. None of us are born knowing how to use a sewing machine, how to work with foam or worbla, how to style a wig. We all start somewhere, and we’re all constantly learning at our own paces. The only person you have to get better than is yourself, so push yourself to learn, let yourself make mistakes, and if you’re a hobbyist like me, remember that you should be enjoying yourself!
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