Marvel confirmed that Loki was controlled by the Mind Stone during The Avengers. He's obviously already a villain based on behavior both before and after, eventually turning into more of a hero after Frigga died. My question is, when did he become free?
As I'm rewatching, it struck me that by the end of the movie when he says he's ready for a drink, it seems quite different from the rest of the movie. More human, less angry and more like the regular Loki. But he also just had his ass handed to him, and his allies either destroyed or cut off.
What do you think? Or do you stand with the "if it's not shown it isn't real? which is my normal stance? I'm not sure exactly where I stand in this case, because Loki is different in this one, using subterfuge and illusion less than direct attack.