OKAY SO FIRST THINGS FIRST
- this is a movieverse only ship. Comics!Loki is too weird to ship with anything.
- There is literally no canon evidence for them having feelings for each other, so this ship is made ENTIRELY out of what-ifs
And like I keep thinking one day I should write a ship manifesto for this, because it’s probably my Marvel movieverse OTP, and it’s such a small ship and there’s so little stuff for it and like 99% of the stuff I do find for it either let’s Loki off the hook WAY to easily or over Good Soldier-ifies Steve (or over-innocent virginizes him) and so like it’s mostly all in my head but like-
Steve and Loki are very different but they have a lot in common and I think they have a lot to offer each other in both those aspects.
Loki is broken. And even before he was broken he loves mischief and was always kind of an outcast. But then he broke. And what he did when he broke is his responsibility and he needs to pay for it. He can be redeemed, but not easily. And at this point I feel like he’s lost all faith in the ability of people to do things without ulterior motive, or if they do, that they are stupid. And Loki needs evidence to the contrary. And I don’t think any of the more spy-sector Avengers could give it to him. I don’t think Tony could. And Thor would want to, but Thor was born into privilege and is playing out a role (I think he is sincere, but from Loki’s perspective his actions are easy to discard) and I just think that Steve is genuinely good.
Like, I think people tend to view Steve as Lawful Good when really he’s Neutral Good. But there is something about him that prefers order, and that makes him easy to dismiss. Like, when other Avengers are presented with a world in need of saving— well firstly, many of them didn’t get into it to save the world. Bruce got there by accident, and he was trying to make things better using research. But then you have Tony and when he was presented with a world in need of saving he took a lot of convincing and then decided to go about it through personal vigilante-style heroics.
Steve tried to join the army. Steve sought out world saving from the get-go, and did so not by trailing his own path but by seeking an existing structure to do it in (and by attempting to skirt the law to get into it). Steve will break the rules whenever it is the right thing to do, even if it’s a ridiculous thing to do. But he did seek to work within a system, not from outside it. And in part that’s because people were dying, and he felt he owed that. And because he seems to view following the rules when it aligns with his morality as the right thing to do. Like, if you give him a morally neutral rule like We Wear Blue On Tuesdays, he will follow it where the other Avengers might ignore it, because when it isn’t hurting anyone he likes to be supportive of the systems he is in.
Steve is a team player more than any other Avenger, is probably the best way to put it. And he does the right thing because it is the right thing pretty much all of the time.
And because of that he is sometimes underestimated or overlooked.
And he would not just forgive Loki and let him walk free. Because that is not the right thing to do. Loki must face justice.
But similarly, he would give Loki the benefit of the doubt and the chance at redemption when possible, because, well, that’s the right thing to do too. Only after he had faced his justice would he give Loki a chance, but he would give him a chance, I feel like. That’s just me.
This is all just me.
I mean it’s a weird ship.
But then like Loki needs that example. Not to follow, but as evidence that Loki’s worldview has been skewed. The model of Loki’s worldview cannot account for Steve Rogers if Loki were to actually grasp all of who Steve Rogers is. All of the other Avengers he could understand and account for, I think. But if he really understood Steve, and accepted the person Steve is, he would have to adjust his worldview to account for Steve. And I feel like, Loki Silvertongue who is so good at manipulating people would naturally attempt to do that and find himself having to make those adjustments against his own will or without even understanding how it was changing the way he looked at things.
Meanwhile I think Steve needs someone who appreciates his more rebellious side. And someone who knows what it’s like to grow up being the scrawny kid to talk to, who can sympathize with being bullied. And if Steve were gay (which in my head he is), then he, too, would have grown up being a scary monster that parents hide their children from, and with that being a terrible realisation he faced as he reached adulthood.
Plus he and Loki are both strangers to this weird modern Earth who would get to learn the cultural references and history together, which would be adorable. And they both have softer more “feminine” sides, Steve as an artist and Loki as a magician, that would have undervalued in the culture they were raised in.
IDK I just love the idea of them and they will probably never talk on screen again and like the only time they ever did talk on screen was for Steve to beat Loki up in Germany which was awesome but it’s not like they were having eye sex so I’ll just continue to sit here on this island by myself shipping this ship all by myself don’t mind me.