I really love everything about this moment. I love Fandral and Volstagg’s banter, because it’s hilarious and really well-delivered and sharp.
But mostly I love this too cool for school little shit. Because this is not Loki being badass, this is Loki being a sarcastic little shit.
This isn’t Loki being uncaring of what’s going on around him, this is Loki making a point of, “Look at me! I don’t care! I’m above all this!” because that’s what Loki does to show himself superior to those around him. He entirely cares that they see him, that’s why he’s perched right next to the barrier, so he can see what’s going on and they can see him Not Giving A Fuck. Except that he really, really does.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s hilarious and I laughed so hard, because it’s really well timed on Loki’s part and he’s a great performer! But he’s also a little shit about it.
It makes me think of all those times when he and Thor were younger, how often must he have stood back while Thor launched himself into a fight against a troll or a dragon or anything that could put up a good battle, while Loki scoffed and crossed his arms and made rude commentary about Thor’s footwork? ALL THE TIME, I BET.