Caius Martius Coriolanus !
So if you direct your attention to the background, you’ll notice Loki silently staring at Jane through the entirety of the scene (a good 8-10 seconds). This is right after she punches him in the face btw. I find it fascinating and I keep watching it over and over, but I don’t really know what to make of that look.
God knows I can’t help myself sometimes. I mean, I’m still trying not to be that fan, but sometimes you find yourself staring at a gif and really, truly trying to be objective about it and just sort of failing miserably.
I know it’s probably supposed to be something like Loki is interested in people who stand up to him, who enjoys when they get all angry at him and violent because, ooooooh, look what he can do to these people! It’s like how he enjoys it from Sif and Volstagg as well, there’s something in him that thrills at the manhandling and threats against him.
At the same time, though, I keep looking at this and putting it together with Loki’s later conversation with Thor about Jane (where she’s a mortal, she’s a heartbeat, that’s all the longer she’ll ever be, etc.), the way he WATCHES them sometimes and it’s just… really easy to reach for the idea, “Oh, this is the one that has so captured Thor’s attention. Let me smile at her with the dangerous, creepy smile to see how she reacts, I want to know what Thor sees in her, why Thor is so interested in her, why Thor brought her here, why Thor still lingers on her. (And then I can take her apart to dismiss her, so Thor won’t be interested in her anymore.)” because Thor is one of the centers of his world, so when Thor’s attention is elsewhere, Loki wants to analyze it and tear it apart and then dismiss it.
Even the conversation in the hallway where Loki shifts into Captain America is sort of like that—YOU LIKE THESE NEW FRIENDS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ME, WELL, LET ME SHOW YOU JUST HOW MUCH BETTER THAN THEM I ACTUALLY AM. And while I’m at it, your mortal will never be as good (as me), either.
Do I think that’s what they were actually going for? No, not really. But damn it’s really easy to reach for. I don’t think it’s all that much of a stretch to say, for whatever reasons, Loki is threatened by her but doesn’t want to show that he’s threatened by her, especially given the ending of the first movie, where he was devastated by the idea that it was “that woman” who had changed Thor and how he immediately wanted to lash out, because she was so important to Thor.
(And also I’m slowly losing interest in my fight against becoming that fan. It’s so much more fun here. :>)