Nuttall, Alice: "‘I am the Monster Parents Tell their Children About at Night’. The Marvel Films’ Loki as Gothic Antagonist." In: Gothic Studies 18.2 (2016), S. 62–73.
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Keywords: "Thor", Adaptation, Fantastic, Film adaptation, Gender, Middle Ages, Superhero, USA
Collection: Gothic Studies
This paper explores the role and function of the Marvel films’ Loki as a Gothic antagonist. Loki’s characterisation incorporates several Gothic themes. As a shapeshifter, he corresponds with the idea of the unstable and fragmented body, also found in Gothic texts dealing with supernatural transformations. By breaking down the barriers between the realms of Asgard, Earth and Jotunheim, Loki engages with tropes surrounding Gothic space, where borders and boundaries are permeable. Finally, Loki is Othered by his association with the feminine and queer Gothic, something that ultimately leads to another common Gothic theme, that of madness.
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