Note: Loki’s all grown up (again) in Marvel Comics, and he couldn’t have done it better — or more beautifully — than with this new design by Jamie McKelvie. McKelvie’s design, which premiered in the most recent issue of Young Avengers, bridges the gap between the original Jack Kirby Loki design and his recent adolescent design that’s been in Marvel Comics’ the past few years. Not only does McKelvie create a great visual, but I applaud him for thinking through the design’s layers and its functionality. – Chris A.
Here’s what McKelvie said about the design:
My thinking was as follows: It would be very, very silly not to channel some of the movie Loki into the new approach. He’s wildly popular. With that in mind, I took inspiration from his outfits in the movies, but took it in a more bohemian, swashbuckling, youthful direction. The other touchstone I kept in mind was Paul Bettany’s Chaucer from Knight’s Tale, which you can see in the coat especially. I wanted him to have a little of that swagger.
A full helmet doesn’t work with this design, so instead he has a headpiece that mimics the silhouette.
I chose scalemail, because, well, isn’t it a bit snakelike? And of course I had to bring back the black nail varnish.