Marvelous Villains: A 3 part series dedicated to Marvel Villains (PART III)

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Whether you’ve read the comics, watched the movies, or even watched the cartoons, it’s clear to see Marvel doesn’t make flat villains. They’re actual characters with feelings, backstories, families, friends, dreams, and goals. We may not agree with their ways of doing things, but we can at least understand them. Sometimes we may even find ourselves relating to them.

This series of blog posts will take an in-depth look at 3 of my favorite Marvel antagonists.

Now that the intro is taken care of, on with the blog!

Last week we talked about the Winter Soldier and this week we get to talk about LOKI!

I’m not going to lie, I’m very excited to write about the trouble maker. I mean, there’s a reason he’s one of my favorite Marvel Villains.

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Ah much better picture. Has that “I’m ready to rule the world” feel to it. As I was saying…

The adopted son of the Norse god Odin, Loki is commonly known as the god of Mischief and Magic. With a wave of his hand all sorts of chaos can unleashed. Thor becomes a frog, the seas become unruly, and your hands are where your feet should be. He gives little care to the destruction his games causes and he will do whatever it takes to control Asgard.

Our dear villain has often been tossed around as to what villain he truly is. Some groups claim he’s a poor tortured soul. Some claim he’s not even a villain, just doing what he wants. Some claim he’s just flat out evil. So what is he? Well, let’s take a look at his story.

Let’s go back to when Loki was a wee lad in the land of Jotunheim where the Frost Giants dwell. The Asgardians and the Frost Giants had been in a great war and during one of the battles, Odin slayed Laufey king of the Frost Giants. Remembering his father’s dying words to adopt the son of a fallen enemy, Odin took little Loki back home to Asgard to raise alongside his blood son, Thor.

Loki spent most of his childhood learning the art of magic and being a trickster, which he had a natural liking to. He also spent a good time of his childhood and young adulthood resenting Odin and the Asgardians for favoring Thor over him. Despite this, Loki and Thor had many adventures together and had a fairly good brotherly bond.

tumblr_m729oao4Cl1rnvzfwo1_400As the years went by, Loki felt more and more that he was nothing more than Thor’s shadow. When Thor leads Loki, Sif, and the Warrior Three (Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun) into a battle against the Frost Giants, despite there being a treaty, Odin punishes Thor for his rash action. He turns his son mortal and unworthy of wielding  Mjolnir (AKA: Mew Mew), and sends him to Midgard.

While Thor is being punished and far away from Asgard, Odin finds this a good time to take a nap and go into the Odinsleep.

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Loki takes this chance to claim the throne as his own. Of course Thor regains his power back and defeats Loki. But the trickster is no quitter and Loki continues to try and take the throne of Asgard! And so our villain is born and he’s more than ready to fill this role.

586cf37fe666df32cf6a1d1545e5e051Unlike Magneto and the Winter Soldier, Loki didn’t really have anything too tragic or awful happen to prompt his behavior. He wasn’t the most loved child and maybe he wasn’t treated the best, but I don’t consider that a logical reason to try and take over Asgard (or Midgard for that matter).

I’m not saying he doesn’t have a reason for doing what he does. Oh, Loki does have a reason.

d248b2f11c5ebe6d0ec86e7e421387d9That reason is he thinks he’s more worthy than Thor to rule Asgard. Just because he is simply better. And why stop at Asgard? Why not Midgard? Why not all the nine realms? From time to time he’ll even remind Thor of how no one loved or care for him. He’ll do whatever it takes to rule, because he wants to.

And that’s exactly why I love him. He’s a trickster, charmer, tongue twister, son of a Frost Giant, who will only want to see your kneeling before him. He has all the elements of the Classic Villain with his own messed up twist.

91ab5ddb160a9235b44b3a3b2837b489Oh and he’s the mother of a six legged horse…

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So this wraps up my Marvelous Villains series and my first ever blog series. I hope you’ve all enjoyed these post!

Now why don’t you comment below who your favorite Marvel villain is! 😀


Other Folk of the Sea

cb72db7891b1ed9fddbc916262d2ce72It’s should be no surprise to you that I am a huge mermaid/sea myth fan, with the blog being called Freckled Mermaids all. So it should be no surprise that I am writing a post about the other folk of the sea.

Mermaids are probably the most popular of the mythical beings of the sea and are the most commonly used in stories. But I think it’s high tide (get it?) that we take a look at some of the other ocean dwellers.

Mermen: They’re basically male mermaids. They tend to be uglier and not as interested in humans as their lady counterparts are. Although some modern YA books make sure their mermen are hot stuff, so ugliness is optional.

Sirens: More popular than the others, but not as well known as mermaids, this seductive mermaid-like creature wasn’t always fishy. The whole myth of Sirens originated from Greek mythology. They were bird like women who would sit on rocks by the sea and sing, luring sailors to their death. Nowadays they still hold the power of voice, but are pretty much mermaids.

Selkies: A Scottish/Irish creature who is a human that lives in a seal skin in the sea. These creatures can shed their skin to come on land. Legend says if you’re able to find the selkie’s skin and hide it, it will be unable to go back to the sea. This is typically done more to the female selkies, since they’re said to make good wives. Something with longing for their home/sea makes them better then land women somehow. Not sure how that works.

Male selkies are described as being very handsome in their human form.

aaaeb2e71805a95d50f28cabfcb74ffbThey tend to seek women who are dissatisfied with their life. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she must shed a tear into the sea.

They’re kind of like sea werewolves who don’t kill anyone and transform into to cute seals.

Melusine: Similar to a mermaid, but is a woman with either two fish tails or the body of a serpent. The most famous tale about the Melusine is Le livre de Mélusine by Jean d’Arras. In the story, Pressyne, a fey who marries a king on the one condition: he can never walk in on her bathing or her bathing her children. One day the king broke his promise, so Pressyne left and took her three daughters, Melusine, Melior, and Palatyne, to Avalon.

When Melusine learned what her father had done, she and her two sisters sought revenge. They caught him and locked him, with his riches, in a mountain. When Pressyne learned this, she was enraged and commanded Melusine to take the form of a serpent from the waist down every Saturday. In some versions of the story, it’s a two fish tails. Starbucks anyone?

I can just picture the test messages Melusine would be sending to her friends:

Rusalkas: They are nymph like creatures that are the souls of women who died in a violent way, either in or nearby water (mostly lakes). They are described as beautiful women who lure men to the water, where they drown them (those rascally rusalkas! Aren’t they just charming?)

They also enjoy dancing in moon light. Also, a rusalka can undo her fate by avenging her death.

Mami Wata: An African spirit or goddess, Mami Wata (Mother Water) is often said to be a mermaid and a snake charmer and can take a human form. She is described as beautiful, with long dark hair, wearing coiled snakes around her wrists, new clothing and jewelry. Due to her appearance, she is a sign of wealth and beauty.

Since she has goddess status, Mami Wata is said to control the ocean and is a very dangerous being-the “I CAN DESTROY EVERYTHING SUCKERS” kind. Because of this, she ends up getting a lot of the blame for the misfortunes that happen in the sea (Loki knows the feeling).

Mami watas and papi watas are the plurals of her and they comprise the vast and uncountable African water spirits.

Shorten Version of Mami Wata:

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Long story short if it’s in the water, it’s probably deadly, magical, dangerous, and beautiful…Unless you’re a merman. Then you ugly.