Marvel Movie Minute Season Four: Thor • Minute 71

Thor 071: Is Loki Looking for a New Gatekeeper Yet?

In this minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film ‘Thor,’ Loki locks in his deal with Laufey then returns through the Bifrost to find a suspicious Heimdall. Bubbawheat from the Flights, Tights and Movie Nights podcast joins us on this episode!

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Minute Seventy-One: From Loki’s Icy Dealings to Heimdall’s Suspicious Leanings

Joining us to discuss Loki’s plotting and planning, and how he treats Heimdall, is Bubbawheat from the Flights, Tights and Movie Nights podcast.

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In the seventy-first minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film Thor

  • Loki and Laufey continue their conversation about Loki’s involvement in the raid on Odin’s Vault, and Loki’s plan to get Laufey into Asgard to kill Odin.
  • He says they’d look down on him if he were the one to kill him father, but wouldn’t that fit perfectly with this Shakespearean story?
  • Loki also says he’ll return the Casket of Eternal Winters to Laufey. Does he mean it?
  • Why does Loki not reveal to Laufey that he’s his son? We stew on that some more.
  • Bubbawheat theorizes about the three frost giants and how Loki may have mind controlled one to tell two others he knows of a secret passage to Asgard.
  • Laufey stands up when Loki presents his offer. Is he playing his cards a bit too quickly?
  • We theorize some more about the possibility that this planet is falling apart and the Jotuns are actually weakened as a species right now.
  • It does seems Laufey knows his power is fading.
  • Loki digs on the way Jotunheim looks. Is that part of his plan, or could he just not help throwing in another dig at this place?
  • After all, Loki is in a power position to piss Laufey off with the idea to get him to agree to this plan.
  • Laufey’s “I accept” is so slow and drawn out. It’s interesting how his pattern works.
  • So is Laufey then trying to downplay his “I accept” after he showed his hand too quickly when he stood up.
  • It does read as very deliberate.

Loki returns through the Bifrost to Heimdall’s Observatory

  • Loki stepping off the Bifrost weirdly looks like he’s getting off the subway. Very strange.
  • Loki and Heimdall have such a a battle here. A battle with words.
  • That being said, Idris Elba still barely gets to move in this scene.
  • Would Loki be able to put a new gatekeeper in this role now that he’s king? Or is this a perma-role for Heimdall because of his vision?
  • There’s a bit of a sense that Heimdall is observing more with his super-eyes. Was he watching Loki with Thor?
  • To that end, did Loki change clothes so Heimdall wouldn’t recognize him?
  • If only there were a way to see when Loki is shrouding things.
  • Loki plays a bit of three-dimensional chess with how he sets up Heimdall to admit he’s king and has to do what he says.
  • To that end, is Heimdall even playing the same game that Loki is?

It’s a minute full of cold plotting and suspicious gatekeepers with Bubbawheat. Tune in!

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