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No, really -- that's an actual 4-issue Marvel mini-series that wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, and I just got to the end of it. It more or less goes as you'd expect: Loki pulls a publicity stunt, at the end of which he "lets himself be talked into" running for President. (This makes more sense with the current Marvel incarnation of Loki, who is the much-more-interesting God of Stories, not the older God of Evil he used to be. Think a *very* mischievous version of Coyote.)

The series is kind of a hoot, a thinly-veiled metaphor for modern politics, in which Loki's publicly-stated motto is, "I'm going to lie to you, right to your face, and make you love me for it". Over the course of the story, he gives a masterclass in modern politics, taking every nasty revelation about himself and spinning it into a positive.

The ending -- well, suffice it to say, he's not the President of Earth-616. But the really *unsettling* thing about it is that, in the end, he blows the election by being significantly more decent and honest in public than anything we've seen from Donald Trump, and thereby alienating his core constituency. As morals go, it's a rather uncomfortable one...
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Is earth-616 still (or again) A Thing?

Far as I can tell, it never really stopped being a thing -- while Secret Wars tweaked the status quo a *little* bit, in the end it appears that more or less the entire multiverse got rebuilt by Reed Richards in its aftermath.

That may still be an ongoing process, and the Ultimate universe seems to have gotten merged into 616, but the Web Warriors comic suggests that most of the worlds that used to exist still do.

So overall, the impact seems to have been less than that of any of DC's reboots. They're redoing specific details here and there (eg, Captain Marvel is now in charge of a floating space defense station that seems to have replaced The Peak), but only around the edges...

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