Guess what Loki, ya done goofed. While the nefarious reoccurring villain (played by Tom Hiddleston) finally got his wish at the end of Thor: The Dark World, the would-be king of Asgard will be hoisted by his own petard in Ragnarok.
According to producer Brad Winderbaum (via ComicBook.com), it was Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) presence that kept powerful and evil forces such as Hela (Cate Blanchett) at bay.
“[When] we left Loki,” Winderbaum explained, “he kind of achieved his goals, he became the king of Asgard, and he is ruling that place. And what we come to learn, what Thor (Chris Hemsworth) comes to learn early on, is that there’s a lot of terrible things in the cosmos that just shouldn’t be that way. And we learn that Odin was doing far more than it seemed on the surface to keep the universe safe.”
Odin might look cool and imposing and all sitting on the throne, but it turns out that the guy actually knows how to, you know, rule. Loki, on the other hand:
“There were all these threats that he had quelled or was keeping at bay, using his strength and power to do so, that Loki was completely unprepared for.” Winderbaum revealed. “So he becomes the King of Asgard, everything is great, it’s a good party. But he failed to realize the threats that were just over the horizon, Hela being the biggest and most terrible one of all.”
(Upon witnessing the Ragnarok, a Whedon-written Black Widow may quip, “I don’t see how that’s a party.”) Yeah, Loki might have the seat, but he can’t handle the heat. His lack of foresight and general inexperience as a ruler looks to be what instigates the threat of Hela. As such, it looks like it will be up to Thor and company to clean up the mess he created from his lust for power. Shame shame, Loki.