Not only the vengeful stalker in the Mighty Thor, Lorelei’s origins have been in a legitimately tragic real-existence folk tale. Also, we discuss time Loki had sex having a horse.
I am not likely to lie. At this time, I am starting to think Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is ultimately unsalvageable. The growing season has notable mainly to be directed, edited and choreographed as if its producers believe that 4:3 aspect ratio and 1990-era production values are the televised standard. Additionally, it contains what may be the most shateringly incompetent character shilling since Scrappy Doo – I am speaking about Skye, obviously, also known as the "let us grind every episode to some halt to ensure that almost every other character can discuss how unique, special, gifted and amazing she’sInch character. As well as if this stuff were not problems, the truth that all ties towards the bigger Marvel Motion picture World have to date been insultingly superficial could be enough to exhaust the persistence of the most dedicated Marvel fanperson.
But following last week’s otherwise shateringly mediocre episode, things threatened to obtain interesting again. An Asgardian criminal named Lorelei, who has the ability to ensorcel men to complete her putting in a bid, dropped in to the California desert and switched an individual man into her slave, establishing something known as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Uprising. To date it mainly justifies a guest appearance by Jaimie Alexander, reprising her role as Lady Sif in the Thor films, but the very first time because the Deathlok reveal, the show is once more obtaining a distinct Marvel super-character with potential beyond one-off appearances.
Who is that this oversexed hypnotherapist-goddess-criminal mastermind? In comics, she’s a petulant stalker having a constant thirst for power who generally finds herself allied with a few of the Marvel Universe’s more unsavory gods and villains. But actually, the origin material Marvel used is really a tragic romance that casts her because the victim of the capricious, male-dominated world. Let us take particular notice, we could?
Marvel’s Magical Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Introduced in 1983 within the Mighty Thor #337, Lorelei’s Marvel comics persona could be steamed lower to 1 concept: ladies are challenge with capital ‘T’ which rhymes with ‘b’ which means breasts, amirite guys?
I kid, only slightly. The more youthful sister of Amora The Enchantress, Lorelei is definitely an Asgardian goddess having a particular talent for magic who generally plots to create herself queen of Asgard. However, unlike her sister (or Loki for instance), Lorelei has focused her magical education exclusively on romantic and sexual forces. She is able to seduce and control any man, mortal or immortal, and also, since she’s also bitter and spiteful, she causes enormous trouble wherever she goes. It’s rarely quite consistent, but she has a tendency to use both her natural ability along with a copious amount love potions. As well as in all instances, she veers dangerously near to as being a crazy stalker.
In her own official backstory, Lorelei first found the interest of Marvel’s Asgardians after winning a hunting contest via utilization of her (sigh) feminine wiles. This impressed Loki, who saw in her own like a potential weapon against Thor, so he required her under his wing and, promising to assist her win the romance of Thor, made her his henchwoman. This can lead to a unique, complicated number of occasions by which Lorelei travels to New You are able to, puts herself in apparent danger to be able to catch Thor’s eye, succeeds, then utilizes a love concoction to make sure that Thor falls on her, is later kidnapped by Malekith the Accursed and subsequently saved by Thor. Somewhere in the center of this, a war between some random demons and Asgard breaks out, where Lorelei is tricked by her sister into love Loki, who spurns her affections, which naturally inflicts upon her the discomfort she’d been inflicting on everybody else.
Lorelei eventually sacrifices herself in order to save Baldur, and subsequently would go to the Norse afterlife. Fortunately, as this is Marvel, nobody need ever stay dead, and she or he is soon introduced to existence through the Egyptian god Seth, because sure, ok, why don’t you. After dying again, she again manages to return to existence and, because reasons, forms an alliance with Pluto, ruler from the Greco-Roman afterlife. Naturally, she causes more problems, and eventually disappears after to be the apparent sole survivor of Asgard’s destruction during Ragnarok.
At the best, Lorelei is really a complex lady motivated by brother or sister competition and private ambition. At worst, she’s a troubling retread from the madonna/whore complex which has made a lot of female comics figures difficult to take light of social progress within the last 4 decades approximately. Nevertheless, like many figures with unfortunate implications underpinning their origins, Lorelei has enormous possibility to be greater than a magical femme fatale. We’ll discover tonight if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. manages make the most of that potential.
But, like the majority of of Marvel’s gods and goddesses (but strangely enough, not her sister Amara), Lorelei is dependant on actual mythology (of the kind), within this situation German folklore. And despite her rather juvenile embodiment of vagina dentata within the comics, within the story which the type relies, she’s a supportive, tragic figure, unlucky for each other and condemned to die unfulfilled.