Thor: The Dark World (liveblog) [x]
Before the Thor & Frigga deleted scene came around, I remember seeing some speculation that Loki had only conjured Frigga up as an apparition to talk to, that she was never actually there, but that never quite seemed right to me. For one thing, if he’d wanted to dismiss her, he could have done so from across the room, rather than having to touch her. We see that he can do that when he dismisses the glamour on Thor’s hand. But any time someone else wants to dismiss someone else’s magic, they’re touching the projections.
But the other thing that always struck me was that Frigga held her hands out, knowing that touching her would dispell it, so the move must have been deliberate. I think they both knew that they weren’t going to get any further today, so she held out her hands in a gesture that she must have done to him a thousand times in his life, probably ever since he was a little boy. Any time she wanted to bring him close, any time she was happy to see him come home from a trip or when she wanted to chat with him, she held out her hands to him, waiting for him to place his hands over hers.
And so she does that now, too, to remind him of all those times, how long he’s been in her life and how long she’s been in his, that she’s his mother. And Loki reaches out in a way that seems like he is going to put his hands in hers, he goes so easily towards her (and doesn’t that just say so much about how his instincts are still to go to her), until the last second and then he knows they’re going to go through and so he makes it more of a swiping gesture. But the impression that he’s going to let their hands tuck into each other, that one moment before you realize she’s only magically appearing here, it seems like a comforting gesture.
Which I think was deliberate on Frigga’s part, to remind him of all the times he was loved and is still loved, that she still holds her hands out to him. She waits for him to dismiss the illusion (and I count the deleted scene as canon or at least as author/actor intent here), lets it be his choice, and I love her approach so much. She’s not taking his bullshit, but she’s not getting angry at him, either, no matter how much he lashes out.
She lets the heartache show plainly on her face when he denies that she’s his mother, lets him know that she doesn’t agree, but does so in a very gentle way, and that’s why the moment he says, “You’re not (my mother).” is so painful, because he’s forcing himself so hard into this, the way he pushes her away is no less insistent, but it’s much gentler and I just—
Really, really wish we could have seen them have more time, to see how much Frigga could have coaxed out of him, to see just how much this was working. I think it must have, for him to have come around as much as he did in the rest of the movie—not just in terms of what he was willing to do for vengeance, but in that he started to trust Thor just a little bit, started to genuinely look at him with less blind rage and venom. And I think that was Frigga’s influence to help him calm down just enough to start on that.
After CA- The Winter Soldier:
Steve is trying to help Bucky adjust to the modern world by using Newspapers from over the years. But one article sends Bucky running from the apartment. When Steve finally catches up to him Bucky finally confesses what sent him running, and what really happened on the night their friend Howard died.
Really seriously flabbergasted and concerned about this.
Seein as how Russia’s foreign policy seems to mirror that of Germany in 1938… yeah, kinda.
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