Loki (“The Avengers”) 187-192/250
That look. That look in the fourth and fifth images. This is the genius in the acting and directing of this scene: Loki expected to feel something, sending his former brother to his possible grave. Peace. Relief. Elation. Vengeance. Whatever it was, it wasn’t there.
In that simple look, you realize that he felt nothing. Not nothing like a sociopath or psychopath. Not a lack of sympathy or a lack of regret. What he felt was a lack of resolution. The act had no meaning whatsoever. He didn’t anticipate that. He didn’t anticipate that it would be utterly worthless.
It was the moment when he learned that even if he killed Thor, he would still be Loki. He would still be the monster stolen from Jotunheim. The unworthy son. Nothing would change. For these few heartbeats, he understands this terrible truth. And then he shoves it away and continues with his plans.
This is what Phil meant when he told Loki that he lacked conviction. Because deep down, Loki knows all if this will never really fix what has gone wrong. But he keeps going because he believes he has nothing else.
The bottom photo is Stuart’s 7-year old son this past weekend with Tom Baker at the 50th Anniversary celebration, exactly 35 years later.