The Disney + short, The Good, the Bart and the Loki, reveals a major paradigm shift for Loki by confirming that the Asgardian trickster loves humanity.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for The Good, The Bart, and The Loki, now available on Disney +.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as in the many comics we’ve seen him in, Loki never gave the impression that he cared about Midgard. Tom Hiddleston’s description sums it up best when he tried to destroy humanity over and over again in Thor Y the Avengers, making it clear that they are an inferior species made to be ruled. However, in the Disney + short, The Good, the Bart and the Loki, we find out that the Asgardian trickster has a different perspective on the Nine Realms and that he truly loves humanity.
It happens in the post-credits when Barney is drinking with the crew at Moe’s Tavern in The Simpsons Universe. Barney thanks Moe for all the beers in the house, an important indication that something is wrong since Moe is not generous at all. Moe quickly admits that he is not the Springfield bartender they are used to, reverting to his true self, Loki.
The God of Mischief remained in town, posing as Bart, while Bart (as Loki) was thrown back to Asgard by Lisa / Thor. But instead of giving a garrulous speech about how he’s here to subjugate and conquer, Loki opts for a public service announcement advocating recycling and good health.
“I’m Loki and these beers ruin your lives, “he reproaches them,” … dissolve your livers and fill you with remorse. And even though they say these bottles are recyclable, they just fill the oceans. Your planet is dying! “
He then throws a bottle, breaking it because he wants customers to realize the damage they are doing to their bodies and the ecosystem. It’s an intriguing opportunity in the beer industry that Duff fans like Homer may not like, and one we didn’t expect a tyrant like Loki to make. He aligns himself with the hero he’s becoming on the TV show, but still feels cynical as he’s here at Bart’s expense. Plus, he’s willing to turn Flanders into a pork chop for Homer, so he can’t be that good. Still, it’s very nice to see him with the glorious new purpose of being an eco-champion like this rather than using the Tesseract or Mind Stone or a Chitahuri army on behalf of Thanos to destroy the planet.
Yet despite the reprimands, Barney continues to drink, arguing that it is still worth it, thus showing how humanity doesn’t care. It’s ironic because while Gaia hasn’t appeared in the MCU, at least Loki is defending her here.
But if Barney is any indicator of the kind of resistance and ignorance that he will encounter in his green quest to protect Mother Earth, we hope that Loki of Springfield will break down very soon and seek revenge against all those who pollute his new kingdom.
The Good, The Bart and The Loki stars the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Maurice LaMarche, Dawnn Lewis and Tom Hiddleston. The short is now available on Disney +.
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