I've written many articles attempting to convince you guys that Loki was not the villain of the first Thor movie. To me, he has always come across as a misunderstood hero, and according to the writers of the movie, that's the way he was meant to come across.
He was meant to be the hero of his own story. The smart young boy who thought that he deserved more of a chance than his hot-headed brother. Now that my point has been confirmed, I have yet another matter regarding the movie:
If Loki isn't the villain of the movie, who is?
Is It... Thor?
Technically, if Loki is the misunderstood hero, naturally his rival should be the hero, right? Nope.
Whether Loki is the hero or not, Thor isn't even close to being villainous. To me, he has always come across as the spoiled kid. Ever since he was little, he was the prince of Asgard, and he was treated with respect by those around him. All through his childhood and adolescence, he grew up with the mindset that he would one day be king. All he had to do was showboat his way to the throne, then he would rule one of the most powerful realms in the galaxy.
Just because he's spoiled doesn't mean that he's evil, just that he's a brat.
Is It... Laufey?
Laufey is king of the Frost Giants. He has been an enemy to Asgard for decades, and he would love nothing more than to see Asgard in ruins. He even snuck into Asgard with plans to assassinate Odin, the king of Asgard, while he was unconscious...
So naturally, he must be the villain right?
Not at all. Sure, he's villainous. You could even go to say that he's evil. However, he doesn't nearly get enough exposition, or even screen time for that matter, to constitute acting as the villain of the film. He is more of a plot tool. He advances Loki's story plenty, but he doesn't have much of a story himself. So perhaps a villain, but not the villain.
Is It... Jane?
Really? No, Jane's not the villain. Why would you even think such a thing? You are a monster, you are despicable, you... wait, what's that? You say you weren't even thinking of Jane as the villain? You say this was my idea because it's my article? You say that I am, in fact, the despicable monster? Well, you have a point.
But yeah, Jane's not the villain. Moving on...
Is It... Darcy?
No. Just no.
Yes, yes it is, and here's why...
One of the first scenes you see in Thor is the scene where Odin walks young Thor and Loki through the Asgard weapons vault.This is the first we get to see of the two characters, and they seem to be as thick as thieves. However, it is also in this scene that Odin delivers the signature line that really changes the entire film.
Just read that quote carefully. The king of Asgard just told both of his sons that they both had a shot of becoming the next king. He basically put his sons at war right there. He might as well have said, "Neither can live while the other survives." He makes it clear from the get-go that one of them will end up becoming king. How do you tell that to your sons and not expect a rivalry?
Now think of this rationally: Thor is hot-headed. He thinks only of battle and war, and he makes a point to always use his muscle over his mind. However, just because he was daddy's favorite, he ends up being offered the throne. Loki is the smart one. He is the elegant, diplomatic one with a penchant for making people like him. How did Mr. Brawn-for-Brains beat him out in the race for the throne?
The answer, of course, is that Loki isn't really Odin's son, and he didn't want the son of a Frost Giant sitting on the throne. That's not fair, though, is it? Loki's skin isn't blue, and his eyes aren't red. The only connection he has to the Frost Giants is by blood, and the only ones who knew about that connection were Odin and Frigga (and probably Heimdall).
They could have put him on the throne with no problem. They could have put the smart one in charge and place the strong one as General, but no. Things couldn't be that simple.
Loki realized how unfair the situation was. He realized that he had lived unloved by his father his entire life, and he had been constantly shown up by his oaf of a brother. All he tried to do at the end of the movie was kill Laufey to impress his father. He wanted love, he wanted recognition, he wanted his father.
Every conflict in Thor could have been avoided if it wasn't for Odin. He pitted Loki and Thor against each other as children, and then he made sure to neglect one child as he spoiled the other. So that, my friends, is why Odin was the villain all along.