Two of the more recent Marvel Studios film franchises feature a talking raccoon with machine guns, a dancing baby tree, and Paul Rudd shrinking to the size of an ant. If you think that's as goofy as the Marvel Universe can get, you're either not into comics or not into the right ones.
As you take a break from binging on Netflix's ultra-gritty Daredevil, here's a reminder of the batshit insanity that could potentially (hopefully?) take place in that same universe:
Loki Is A Candy-Obsessed Maniac
In the movies, Loki is a ruthless manipulator whose triumphs tend to involve kingship, global domination, and massive casualties. In the comics, however, his priorities are a little ... different.
And more delicious.
That's from the time Loki turned an entire street into sweets as part of a cunning plan called "annoying the shit out of Thor." Now, we know Loki is supposed to be a trickster god, but the story titled "The Vengeance of Loki!" from Journey Into Mystery #88 might be one of the most ham-handed slapstick bad-guy plots ever engineered. Loki starts by summoning a tiger to attack Thor's romantic interest, Jane Foster, who is an intrepid nurse instead of an intrepid astrophysicist in this version.
Her greatest aspiration was polishing Thor's hammer.
By attacking Jane, Loki forces Thor to let go of his hammer for more than a minute -- which, as we've covered before, causes the mighty god of thunder to turn into a puny doctor named Don Blake. Loki encases the hammer in an impenetrable force field, leaving Thor powerless. Now Loki is free to do whatever the hell he wants ... and the best thing he can think of, apparently, is turning stuff into ice cream and candy. And then for good measure, he also transforms a bunch of people into colorless beings, thereby realizing the same goals of the baddies in Rainbow Brite.