Kevin Feige’s Moviefone interview.
There’s something I’ve been thinking about recently, and that’s “bad boys.” It’s something I hear regularly when I tell people about my crushes on various fictional villains, bad guys, etc. (Spike, Lex Luthor, Loki, Iago): “I’ve just never gotten the bad boy thing.” (It’s almost always people who don’t share it that describe it that way.) And I guess there’s nothing factually wrong with that characterization, I guess you could say I have a “bad boy thing,” but to me it feels like a misreading of what appeals to me about the characters. To me (and I’m ready to be corrected) “bad boy” suggests the thrill of danger, driving too fast, leather jackets, letting your hair down and doing things your mother told you not to. I guess to me, a bad boy thing sounds fun. My crush on Han Solo, for example, is a bad boy thing. My crush on Loki isn’t, and having talked to a lot of people (and read stories by a lot of people) who also love Loki, I think for most of them, it isn’t.
It frustrates me that people see women loving a character who’s self-destructive, self-hating, deeply unhappy, doesn’t feel like he fits in anywhere, yearns for love, yearns to be whole, lashes out when he’s angry and he’s always angry, is basically just one giant scream of lonely resentful pain, and they say “Oh, well, women love a bad boy.” Plenty of women adore that character because they identify with him. I don’t know, maybe Kevin Feige knows that. Maybe I just wish we could come up with a way to talk about female sexuality that doesn’t feel trivializing. But I know that describing my connection with Loki’s character as being about his “dark sexiness” feels kind of insulting. (Which doesn’t mean I wouldn’t hit that. I totally would! But…)
What do you think? Do you have a bad boy thing? What does that mean to you?