Loki has a more than checkered past, but the trickster God of Mischief was able to nearly steal the presidential election in Vote Loki.
Later this year, Loki on Disney+ is promising to be something entirely new for the God of Mischief. Along with introducing the Time Variance Authority to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and dealing with Loki’s complex identity, the trailer for Loki has featured some comic references, including a nod to Vote Loki, by Christopher Hastings, Langdon Foss and Paul McCaffrey and Chris Chuckry. The series ran for four issues and saw the God of Mischief run for president, which led to plenty of chaos.
Now, we’re taking a look back at this 2016 series to see what happened to Loki’s political career.
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Why Did Loki Run for President?
There are a few reasons Loki ran for president, and it all started with a lie. During a press conference, a group of Hydra agents attempts to assassinate the presidential candidates. “Coincidentally” Loki was there, and since he’s turned over a new leaf as the God of Stories, Loki intervenes and saves the day, but it’s revealed later this was staged by him so he could unofficially enter the world of politics.
This stunt gets a lot of attention, with Loki using the spotlight to call out the candidates’ lies and claim he at least has the audacity to lie to the public’s face. From there, the public questions whether Loki is considering running for president and if he’d be the worst choice. This continues until he finally decides to run, but running was always his plan, and the rumors were another way for him to stay in the public’s consciousness without seeming too suspicious. Until he reveals his true intentions — which will be addressed later — Loki claims he’s the president America needs because he will fight the system.
What Happened During Loki’s Campaign?
While Loki claims he is for the people, he never actually takes a definitive side. Instead, he focuses on telling the best story, one where is the only candidate America should have faith in because they know what they’ll get with the trickster and because he stands for all Americans, not a single party. There’s more to his campaign than just talk, as he’s manipulating things behind the scenes.
It starts of with him agreeing to an interview with Nisa Contreras, a political journalist who’s home was destroyed by Loki when she was a child. While her article is not in favor of Loki, the trickster manipulates her editor to change the title so it looks like she’s endorsing him. This is far from the last bit of manipulation Loki does, releasing deceitful ads about his opponents; however, when he’s called out on this, he brushes it off since this is how the game’s played. It’s also revealed a cult of influential men have been praying to Loki, which Contreras exposes in hopes of ending his campaign, but Loki again makes this work.
He also gets directly involved in the Latverian conflict, killing dozens of people, despite calling out his candidates for wanting to intervene with American soldiers. Again, Loki spins this in his favor, depicting himself as a candidate who’s willing to risk his life instead of the lives of American troops. Another would be scandal — the reveal that Loki was behind the Hydra attack — is also brushed aside. Contreras links him to the Hydra attack and the agents subsequent deaths; however, many people assumed this was the case, proving Loki’s point that even when he’s devious, the public at least knows that’s what to expect.
Loki’s woven a tight enough narrative that he leads the polls, but there is a major downside. While some people are in support of Loki, others are not, and this divide leads to violence across the country, which is not what Loki wanted.
What Was the Outcome of Loki’s Campaign?
While Loki was initially having fun, it’s gone too far. In order to bring an end to this, Loki decides to tank his campaign publically by having Contreras interview him live, but she refuses to play into his hands. Instead, she has him hold his first town hall, where America sees he’s all talk, just like the politicians he called out. Along with that, he insults his supporters, thus shattering his chances .
His future in politics is over, but Contreras’ future is not, as she is offered her own show given her involvement in ending Loki’s campaign. Giving Contreras a bright career is what Loki claims was his initial reason for running, as he felt bad for destroying her home. It’s up to Contreras and readers to decide if he’s telling the truth about this, but there is at least one definitive motive. As Loki leaves Contreras’ apartment, he gets a call from one of the other candidates and reveals they were working together because that candidate couldn’t have won unless the vote was split. Loki lost the election, but he won his own game.
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