The Disney+ short, The Good, the Bart and the Loki, reveals a major paradigm shift for Loki by confirming the Asgardian trickster does love 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 the many comics we’ve seen him in, Loki’s never given the impression that he cares for Midgard. Tom Hiddleston’s depiction sums it up best as he tried to destroy mankind time and time again in Thor and The Avengers, making it clear that they’re an inferior species made to be ruled. However, in the Disney+ short, The Good, the Bart and the Loki, we discover the Asgardian trickster has a different outlook on the Nine Realms and that he really does love humanity.
It happens in the post-credits when Barney’s drinking with the crew in Moe’s tavern in The Simpsons Universe. Barney thanks Moe for all the beers that are on the house — a major hint that something’s wrong as Moe’s not generous at all. Moe quickly admits that he’s not the Springfield bartender they’re accustomed to, shape-shifting back to his true self, Loki.
The God of Mischief remained in town, masquerading as Bart while Bart (as Loki) got flung back to Asgard by Lisa/Thor. But rather than go on some loquacious speech about how he’s here to subjugate and conquer, Loki opts for a PSA advocating recycling and good health.
“I’m Loki and these beers will ruin your lives,” he remonstrates, “…dissolve your livers and fill you with remorse. And though they say, these bottles are recyclable, they just fill up the oceans. Your planet is dying!”
He then flings a bottle away, smashing it as he wants the patrons to wise up to the harm they’re causing to their bodies and the ecosystem. It’s an intriguing shot at the beer industry which Duff fans like Homer may not like, and one we didn’t expect a tyrant like Loki to make. It does align with the hero he’s becoming in 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 pleasing to see him with the new glorious purpose of being an eco-champ like this rather than using the Tesseract or Mind Stone or a Chitahuri army on behalf of Thanos to wreck the planet.
However, despite the chiding, Barney keeps drinking, maintaining that it’s still worth it, so it shows how mankind just doesn’t care. It’s ironic because while Gaia hasn’t popped up in the MCU, at least Loki’s defending her here.
But if Barney’s any indicator at the kind of resistance and ignorance he’ll encounter on his green quest in protecting Mother Earth, we expect Springfield’s Loki to break bad pretty 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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