the avengers as greek mythological figures: thor and loki as orpheus and eurydice
because you can’t talk about thor without talking about loki. thor is the man who follows loki into the dark, who is desperately, desperately trying to bring his brother back from the edge, despite all the laws of nature; that loki is the agent of chaos and the bringer of the ragnarok, that this is fate, that the dead stay dead. i don’t have a doubt in mind that if he was going to choose, definitively, between the avengers/earth/asgard even and loki, he’d choose loki every time. he’d choose to bring back his shade of a brother over the bounty of the earth, over the sun, over the laws of nature. and the tragic part of it all is that he can’t look at his brother, he can’t look back, because if he looks back then loki is lost. and that’s why he never understands loki fully, because he can’t look at him and see the absolute truth, because the sun cannot ever truly comprehend the dark.