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Marvel.com: With that in mind, how would you describe Thor’s current relationship with Loki, Matt?
Matt Fraction: Complicated, as always. The whole of the mission with Kid Loki was to give readers and the whole of the Marvel-Norse mythos, the Loki of the Norse Saga—that is, the Loki that Thor loved as a brother, the Loki that made Thor laugh, the Loki that, when his tricks and schemes passed well into the wicked, brought abject heartbreak and ruin. In the Norse cycles, Loki breaks your heart. But in the Marvel-Norse stuff, he already took his heel turn and while profound and formidable, we never got to see the real tragedy at play; that once upon a time, Loki was everybody’s favorite. Anyway, the idea was that Thor was literally the only being in the Nine Realms that could forgive Loki literally everything and would resurrect him believing that, given the chance, he could succeed where Odin had failed and raise the boy up right and true, and he, Thor, could show all of us the charming, funny, clever boy he knew and loved as a brother, once upon a time.
So clearly Kid Loki has been testing the hell out of that and Thor, for his part, has really burned through whatever favors they of the Nine Realms may have owed him. Now we’re at the end: the end of my time with the character, the end of Kieron’s time, the end of what we had to say about them all. It’s literally all been building to this. Everything Burns is the final crucible.
Marvel.com: Kieron, what’s your take on that brotherly dynamic?
Kieron Gillen: At the moment, it seems actually pretty good. Loki has been acting relatively well, thinks Thor. Thor doesn’t know what Loki’s been doing on the down low –deals withMephisto , precipitating a civil war between the Fear Lords, deals with Hela, causing the traditional powers of Otherworld to be overthrown and—most immediately relevant: being the person responsible for the escape of Surtur from his prison. If Thor found out about any of that, I dare say it may strain their relationship.