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More than a year ago, I wrote a quick comment fic in response to the prompt: Avengers movieverse, Tony/+Loki, Instead of becoming a supervillain when he fell to Earth Loki somehow ended up as Tony Stark's personal assistant.

Now, some eighteen months and 29K words (not to mention a new degree, a new job, and a new residence) later, I have finally completed Tony's New Assistant (also on AO3). It kind of got away from me (darn trickster Loki!) and I finally managed to complete it less by the standard method of tying up all the loose ends as by my own method of tying up some of them and declaring that the rest are really decorative fringe. (It's not a bug, it's a feature!) 

The experience makes me even more impressed by those authors who somehow manage to keep an epic story going for years on end. I enjoyed writing the fic, but, dear god, I am glad that it's finally completed.
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Let us consider Thor’s Hammer, a mystical-magical weapon named Mjolnir, inscribed with: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

Wowza.

I’ve read various fics in which other Avengers try to pick up Thor’s Hammer and occasionally they succeed. They have been found worthy! Cool!

But then, I was wandering around online and found this awesome analysis of a scene in the movie Thor, (by Alis Dee, the author of the (awesome, awesome, awesome!) series, Agent Loki: International Man of Mayhem.) In the analysis, she points out that Thor’s big redemptive scene? Isn’t so much him sacrificing himself to save others as it is him refraining from using others as his meat shields. Which, wow, sets the bar kind of low for what “worthy” means. Which makes it all the more depressing that no one else on Earth can lift the hammer.

However, then I had some thoughts:

Thought #1: Worthy or not-worthy, in this case, is being judged by a mystical-magical hammer. What’s the scale here? And what’s being measured? What exactly counts as being worthy here? Given that one aspect seems to be refraining from using friends and innocent bystanders as meat shields, I’m guessing that the hammer is judging worth on a whole different system than most modern Earth cultures judge, and only includes a nominal nod towards empathy.

Maybe it’s warrior ability and prince-like behavior, or having just the right amount of empathy (not too little and not too much), or something.

Following this train of thought, I kind of want a story in which none of the other Avengers can lift the hammer, but someone else completely inappropriate can. Is it one of their current enemies? Maybe a Lex Luthor type of enemy who wants to rule and, while vicious and deadly, is only as vicious and deadly as is required for taking over the world? Or is it Director Fury who already seems to be the great and powerful Oz to a certain extent? Oh, the possibilities.

However, that actually lead to…

Thought #2: Thor was perfectly capable of using Mjolnir when he went to Jotunheim, when he was fighting the Jotun, when he returned to Asgard, and when he was back-talking Odin. It wasn’t until he was cast down by Odin that he failed to lift the hammer.

So is part of being worthy being in Odin’s good graces? Because is sounds like that one sets the bar for worthiness pretty darned high. And makes the definition of being worthy completely dependent on the opinion of one being rather than based on behaviors or feelings.

Then, actually, pretty much in writing this description up, I had…

Thought #3: There are multiple ways of interpreting what it would mean to possess the power of Thor. Now, I know that in comic book canon various other people have picked up the hammer before and the interpretation is that they get a lot of extra “power.” Okay. But, ignoring that canonical interpretation, let’s consider alternatives. For instance, what happens to Thor, in the mean time? Is it that the wielder will have an equivalent amount of power, or is it that they’ll have Thor’s power, in which case Thor will not have Thor’s power?

Or, better yet, is it that they’ll be able to control Thor. Maybe it's a kind of a slave connection. If some suitably worthy person gets a hold of Mjolnir, they have Thor at their command?

Because this interpretation would actually solve some of the previous problems. The original issue that prevented Thor was using the hammer wasn’t that Thor didn’t have enough empathy or Odin’s approval necessarily, it was that he didn’t have control of his own life. He had acted based on Loki’s taunts and Odin’s commands and it wasn’t until he was cast out and learned to act based on his own thoughts and desires that the hammer considered him master of his own fate and thus worthy to captain his own soul and all that?

In which case, wouldn’t it be kind of funny if, having settled on Earth to be an Avenger for a while, Thor acquired a personal assistant to help keep his life organized and she (or he) was perfectly capable of lifting Mjolnir? Or even that was the test? Could the applicants for the position lift Mjolnir?

Anyway, I would love to see some fanfiction which delves into the issues of what counts as "worthy" according to a mystical-magical weapon.
 

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Since I've been writing a Thor fanfic, reading a whole lot of Avengers fanfic, and have already seen Avengers in theater as many times as I'm going to, I decided it was time to rewatch Thor. I needed to recalibrate some of my characterizations and remember what is fandom and what is canon. I'd forgotten how much Thor-the-character changes over the course of Thor-the-movie. I had apparently also managed to blank out in my head exactly how awful a father Odin is. Wow. There are some pretty awful fathers out there and Odin isn't at the top of the list but he's certainly offering stiff competition.

My first impression was that he was just an idiot. Like, an extreme idiot who somehow managed to make every wrong decision in the world regarding what and when and how to talk to this kids and all those people who say he's wise aren't talking about the Odin in the movie. But then I had a thought.

What if he is wise? What if it's not that he's just that much of an idiot, it's that he's just that ruthless?

What if the original goal had always been to set up Loki as a nemesis for Thor?

Think about it:

There they are in a warrior culture, where Odin his making a name for himself as a warrior-king by defeating the enemy to such an extent that they will never recover. Yay, and all that. But oh, what of his son who will never be able to fight in glorious battle like that because there are no major enemies left to defeat? And Odin, being a good king as well as a good father, doesn't want to introduce a threat to his kingdom such that will hurt his people just to allow his son to grow into a warrior king, too. But, lo, what is this? An infant child of my defeated enemy? Just the right age to make a good nemesis for my son, a stone upon which my son can whet his blade? 

Of course, leaving such a child with the Jotun won't raise him to become a suitable nemesis, so Odin brings him back and raises them together, working to both keep them together and turn them against each other.

Seriously, he tells the two boys: "You were each born to be king, but only one of you can sit on my throne" (paraphrased) ? 

And he raises them on stories of his battles against the monstrous frost giants? If you adopt a frost giant kid and are any kind of good parent, you should probably stop talking about how frost giants are all evil vicious monsters to be killed. Unless, of course, you want one of your sons to turn evil.

And in the final battle, brother against brother, there is much angst, they both fall to their deaths, but Odin is fast enough to grab his true-born son, and tell his adopted son "No" he really couldn't have proved himself to be a good son to Odin. So Loki is heart-broken and betrayed and Odin is pleased that Thor has finally grown up to be a man, as decided by such a vicious warrior culture.

And Thor, a man now and wise in the ways of kings and men of Asgard, while still mourning for his lost brother, turns to his father and says, no one could have a better father than you. Apparently it's not every father that arranges such a semi-mock battle as a coming of age present for their son.



I think it is perhaps meaningful that in the opening story, as told by Odin to the two boys, people of Earth once accepted that there were other realms and while they believed some were the home of the gods, others they knew to fear. Doesn't that imply a bit of self-awareness on Odin's part that people should be scared of all of them? 

This, then, is a wise king and a good father who lives in a world of monsters and rules among them.

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Prompt #1: Highlander, Methos, sometimes he plays the lottery just to donate all his winnings to a kids' charity or orphanage

Fill #1: Money is only as useful as what it can buy


Prompt #2: Sherlock BBC, Sherlock, it's a game of chance.

Fill #2: Paying the rent

 
Prompt #3: Thor, Thor/Loki, it gets easier being evil

Fill #3: Practice Makes Perfect


Prompt #4: Inception, Arthur/Eames, "Darling, why is there a giant wooden horse in your dream?"

Fill #4: Don't touch the horse
 

Prompt #5: Highlander, Methos, the only creature who can compare a big cat's roar to a dinosaur's

Fill #5: Keeping the Memories


 
Plus: A snippet that was written for me!

Prompt: Highlander/Leverage, Adam Pierson/Eliot Spencer, Whoever this guy is, he is *not* a simple academic.

Fill by argentum_ls

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