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This is literally the span of about twenty seconds worth of conversation and there’s something to unpack in every line of this conversation.
One. The scene starts with Thor gently petting Jane’s hair and pulling a blanket over her, while Loki sighs dramatically and interrupts the moment. It’s interesting because, even in a conversation that’s ostensibly about Jane—or at least should be largely including her—she’s hardly present at all, it’s not really about her. While there are problems with this because of the focus on two dudes and the woman just sort of fades into the background, this whole movie has problems with the way it writes women, it’s also interesting because it’s part of a theme that happens with everyone. As soon as Thor and Loki start having a conversation, everyone and everything else tends to fade into the background for them.
The second Thor’s attention is on someone else, Loki starts butting in and turning it towards himself/his relationship with Thor instead. For all that this movie was supposed to be a great Thor/Jane love affair, you have to admit that, when Loki’s on the screen, he instantly shoots right past her in importance, in both Thor’s eyes and in the story’s narrative.
Two. Loki tries to turn it to how he desires the Aether’s power, but I see this as a red herring, to be honest. He expresses the idea of it, I’m sure he probably would go for it, but it doesn’t seem to be serious. The timing of it—as soon as Thor’s paying attention to Jane and getting her settled in, that is when Loki pipes up again—feels awfully suspicious, especially when the conversation immediately turns to how Loki thinks Thor/Jane is a terrible, terrible idea.
Three. Oh, man, the way Thor says, “It would consume you.” is just so direct and not having this and like this is an argument they’ve had a thousand times before, that he’s just tired of repeating himself. Not this specific conversation, but every time I listen to that line, I hear Thor having said a thousand similar things to Loki, that he wants things that would invariably turn out bad for him—which, btw, is something spoiled children do all the time, they want things that are going to blow up in their faces, no matter how many goddamned times you tell them that it’s going to blow up in their face—and I love it for that.
Four. ”She’s holding up all right. For now.” What starts as “your mortal is doing all right, so just think how much better I would be!” but .2 seconds later it’s “she’s going to die, Thor! say goodbye now! she’s a terrible idea, because you’ll only lose her, she’s weak and frail and will die in what’s only a moment for you! (unlike meeeeee)” and let me tell you how much I love Thor’s response, the “Not this day.” answer, because that’s Thor right there.
There is never any doubt that Thor knows that he’ll watch Jane grow old and die in what’s the equivalent of a couple of years for him, but that’s not the point. This isn’t denial, this is acceptance of what Thor knows will happen and he chooses this path anyway. Which is how I see him dealing with Loki much of the time—Thor’s not naive, he knows that Loki’s going to pull something, but he chooses to include Loki in this plan anyway, he chooses to take that risk, he chooses to become emotionally invested in his brother again, he chooses to hold onto this relationship with Jane, even knowing that it’s going to only ever be a brief thing, he knows it’s short but that doesn’t make it worthless.
It’s the same as how he knows what Loki is like and everyone and their dog can warn him, but Thor already knows, he chooses to hold on anyway.