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Want a Solo Loki Movie? That's What Democracy is For

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 12, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 12, 2013 |

The problem with most protests or petitions, whether they be about ending wars or demanding the return of television shows from shallow network graves, is that they tend to be en masse preaching to the choir. Hell, to roll with the metaphor, it’s basically a choir circle jerk on up in there. The people who hold power just don’t care. The people who disagree with you, just don’t care. Some protests change the world. Most just irritate commuters.

Case in point. has a petition up demanding that Marvel make a solo movie featuring Loki. Some 18,000 people have signed the petition already. I’m actually sort of surprised allowed a petition like this to go forward. Yeah, yeah, freedom of speech, voice of the people, but seriously you’re trying to leverage the Internet to create positive change in the world and the petition getting the attention is the one about a super hero movie? Look, I’m all for art being able to change the world, and for the strange ways that fiction can drive change, but this has got to be really frustrating for some of the people behind, doesn’t it?

I mean, they’ve established themselves as a bastion of people power in the middle of this technological age. Because clicking your mouse button a couple of times is the real act of courage in this crazy world. Remember when Facebook arrested Joseph Kony?

Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the petition:

We feel Loki (as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston), due to the astounding following both the character and actor have earned as a result of the Marvel films, more than warrants further exploration of his story. We believe such an endeavor would not only be profitable and successful but provide a larger view for general audiences of the incredibly complex and diverse personality a well-known villain of the Marvel universe is gifted with. To explore this darker side of the Thor storyline would be to give credit to a compelling individual, his remarkable portrayer and an appreciative audience that feels a fierce loyalty to both in an unprecedented way.

Simply put: He has an army.

Dude, once Thor 2 lands, Mr. Hiddlesworth will have been the antagonist of three giant Marvel films. I don’t underexposure is exactly his problem at this point.

Honestly, I’m just hoping that someone gets this petition up over on the White House’s website instead, because I bet this would get the minimum number of signatures, and I would pay real money to get an official presidential response to a Marvel movie.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.