Have you ever wondered why Loki’s eyes are so blue in The Avengers? In fact, Tom Hiddleston’s eyes are blue and he had to use effects in Thor because Loki’s eyes are green. In The Avengers his eyes are blue because of his scepter. The same happened with Hawkeye and Selvig. Loki was very vulnerable when Thor smashed him on the floor. He had a few moments of lucity, just like when Natasha slapped Hawkeye. Thor asked Loki to look around and see the damage he caused, asking to help him. It was a conflict, you can see. Then his eyes became green. You can see in the last gif. The change is VERY notable. It was a conflict but the power of the Tesseract was stronger. Loki did many bad things, but he was being possessed most of time. NOT like a robot, as with the others, but as Loki said “It touches everyone differently”. Everything makes sense to you now? One of the reasons why I can’t hate Loki at all. I’m not saying he’s not guilty, he is, but the Tesseract’s power fueled his hatred. He was being, in fact, controlled. Besides, Tom Hiddleston said they digitally made his eyes bluer in The Avengers. Now we have proof of it.
Hmm okay I thought bit about it. Here’s my take: I wouldn’t say he’s controlled… rather I’d say all his negative emotions have been amplified. We saw in the lab that the scepter increases any SHRED of pre-existing negativity in its targets.
Let’s break down that fight in the lab:
First off: Steve and Bruce. When they first met on the helicarrier Steve said that all that mattered to him was that Bruce was an expert in gamma radiation and that he could find the tesseract. However he totally turns 180 once Tony jabs Bruce in the lab. Steve’s positive traits have already been increased thanks to the super-soldier serum BUT he was still a little afraid/unsure of Bruce and thus fell to influence.
Earlier Thor asks Loki if he believes if all humans are beneath Asgardians. He’s visibly disturbed and upset when Loki answers “of course.” During the fight however, his faith in humans takes a huge blow when he learns about SHIELD’s phase 2 project. He looks down upon them, proclaiming them all to be petty and tiny. He has returned to his previous arrogant self from his first movie.
Steve and Tony? The landmines were already laid in the field and these two just TANGOED. From the extras we learn that Steve thinks Tony’s an arrogant celebrity, wanna-be hero. Tony’s dad never stopped talking or looking for Steve and they didn’t get along. I mean hell, Tony got sent to boarding school at the tender ass age of SEVEN.
However the two really pulled it together when repairing the blown up engine. It was definitely out the necessity of the moment, but they were definitely out of the scepter’s range. Also note that Tony puts his hand UP to his temple sometime during the fight and almost looks dazed. RDJ’s a professional actor, there are no accidents when it comes to body language in this movie.
Tony and Fury. There’s already a lot of distrust between them and Tony’s near constant exposure to the scepter definitely fueled his suspicion and his rebellious side.
Bruce already feels insecure and he’s reeaaally not pleased that he was roped into this mess by Natasha and Fury. He’s happy to part in Tony’s little rebellion too.
Now… the fact that Tony and Bruce get along wonderfully while in close proximity to the scepter should be a testament to how AWESOME their friendship is. Steve was affected but Tony? He sincerely has ZERO NEGATIVE EMOTIONS TOWARDS BRUCE. Zero. Infact he tries his best to share a more positive perspective with Bruce, the arc reactor saved his life, and the hulk saved Bruce’s. So yes… SCIENCE BROS. Their friendship is FLAWLESS.
But back to my main point: LOKI. Of course Loki also spent time away from that thing and still remained a jerk. I’d like point out that it’s been said repeatedly that the scepter shows truth and that it affects everyone differently. Loki is in such a negative state of mind that to have all his fears, insecurities and anger confirmed is to him… truth. We’ve seen from Thor that Loki internalizes a SHIT ton of his emotions and problems. So it’s not surprising at ALL that he can still remain in his unhappy place while separated from the scepter. So yeah, I rest my case. INFLUENCED but not entirely controlled.