The path to Avengers: Endgame – Part 4 of 21: Thor

Editor’s Note: WAVE 3 News Photojournalist Jeff Knight is really looking forward to the release of Avengers: Endgame. So much so, that he’s decided to revisit the previous 20 films in the series. Jeff is watching each movie again and sharing his thoughts about them with us.

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By: Jeff Knight | WAVE 3 News Photojournalist

The movie starts with Thor about to be crowned king of Asgard. Before this can happen, a brouhaha breaks out in the Weapons Room. Thor sees this as an act of war. Papa Odin does not. Thor goes against King Dad’s orders and attacks the planet of the infiltrators. Odin strips Thor of this hammer and powers casts him out of Asgard, sending him to Earth — where scientist Natalie Portman hits him with her car.

Abracadabra. Now, it’s magic time. The previous movies were all “science based”, Iron Man with technology and Hulk with biology. Actually, Thor is “based on science” too. It’s of that “science and magic are one and the same” variety. The science is sword in the stone-ish. Thor is Arthur needing to be worthy to pull the sword out of the stone.

Tangent: Does King Arthur have two origin stories? Is anybody clear on how The Lady of the Lake fits in? Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. But should supreme executive power derive from a hammer being pulled out of a stone instead of from a mandate from the masses?

Nobody can lift the hammer in the desert. Could they dig underneath it with a backhoe and lift it that way? Obviously, it would have to be a worthy backhoe— kind of like it would have to be a worthy elevator.

This movie introduces Clint Barton. When he gets his own movie, it could be titled “Hawkeye: The Reclusive Avenger”. He is perceived to be one of the main characters, but he has only been in four movies. That’s less than Pepper, Rhodey, Loki, Bucky and Falcon. Phil Coulson beat him to five — and he “died” seven years ago.

While we’re counting: Fury and Coulson both hit the 3-movie mark here, tying them with Stark.

In the backstory, King Odin kidnapped baby Loki from King Laufey to unite their two kingdoms and bring about peace. Nothing bridges inter-kingdom divides like a good kidnapping. Odin is supposed to be wise. I’m not sure he does wisdom right.

Iron Man fights a bigger iron man. Hulk fights a bigger hulk. Iron Man fights an iron man with whips and a bunch of iron drones. Thor is the first time battle happens with an opponent with different abilities. Things are more interesting this way, methinks.

This is a very nice movie. Looking back on it, it seems small somehow. That’s not a bad thing. It does everything it needs to do and doesn’t get bogged down. I like the Earth fish-out-of-water scenes more than the space fish in space water scenes. It makes me miss Natalie Portman. Thor and Jane together are cute and charming— maybe the best couple in the MCU. Did I say I miss Natalie Portman?

Stan Lee Cameo—He tears up his truck while trying to pull the hammer from the stone.

Post-Credits scene— Fury shows the Teseract to Selvig, which is the first time we see an Infinity Stone. This ends up being the MacGuffin for the next two movies. Also, the events of The Incredible Hulk are shown as breaking news on a monitor in Iron Man 2. And Coulson is shown in Iron Man 2 during the events of Thor. So the past three movies have an overlapping timeframe.

Returning Characters— Agent Coulson, Nick Fury

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