The Road to the Endgame Part 2: Thor – The Last Son of Odin

Thor is a character that never interested me; much like Captain America, however, where Captain America was able to grab my attention in the first film, I was never a fan of Thor. I found Thor and Thor: The Dark World to be my least favorite movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor to me was a character who always seemed to be missing some sort of personality outside of Chris Hemsworth’s great portrayal of the God of Thunder. This missing trait would eventually be found in Thor: Ragnarok where Taika Waititi decided to take Thor in a new direction while still keeping his heroicness. Turning Thor into a comedic and charming God in Thor: Ragnarok was an absolutely wonderful choice, however, this would all change with Avengers: Infinity War.

While Thor’s comedic timing and overall silliness worked for Thor: Ragnarok, he would suffer the most at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War. After using Surtur to kill Hela, Thor ultimately lost Asgard as a result of the destruction. With Asgard being “the people” and not “a place”, Thor leads his civilization to space in order to find a new home. It is at this point that Thor has taken the throne and title of Ruler of Asgard since he is all they have left to look up to. However, the tranquility and peacefulness are very shortlived moments because Thanos quickly arrived to collect the Tesseract. When Thanos arrives he beats the living Hulk out of Bruce Banner and holds Thor hostage. This is the weakest and most helpless version of Thor we’ve seen throughout the MCU. While normally Thor could break out of this situation with his powers, he is hopeless and fully at Thanos’ will. With the Power stone torturing him, Loki decides to surrender the Tesseract to Thanos in exchange for Thor’s life. Once Thor is set free, his life is about to change forever because of Loki’s actions.

Loki has always been a trickster, seeing as if he is the God of Mischief himself. While Loki has faked his death numerous times, it is here at the hands of Thanos where we see him take his final breath. Because Loki tried to stab Thanos, Thor would become a changed man moving forward having finally seen his brother actually die. With this tragedy, Thor must team up with a group of strangers to create a weapon strong enough of taking down Thanos. So far within the span of one movie and an opening scene of another, Thor has lost his father, Mjölnir, his sister, his home, and his brother. Within these two movies, Thor has suffered and lost more than any other character in the MCU and yet he still keeps a smile on his face when working with the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

After having a hilarious conversation with Peter Quill, Thor decides that he has nothing left to lose, and therefore, has nothing to lose by facing Thanos. When Rocket hears this, they form a close friendship out of their shared hatred of Thanos. This is where we see Thor, Rocket, and Groot go on a trip to Nidavellir to craft the Stormbreaker. Thor crafting Stormbreaker is a tough challenge that includes him taking a dying star to the chest, but nonetheless, he accomplishes his goal because of his determination to kill Thanos. When Thor arrives in Wakanda he saves the Avengers and the Wakandan fighters by wiping out a good fraction of the Outriders. Thor’s arrival in Wakanda wasn’t expected and is absolutely the best part of Avengers: Infinity War.

After entering Wakanda, Thor meets up with Captain America as they take down the rest of the Outriders with the remaining members of the Avengers. Once Thanos arrives shortly after, each Avenger puts up a fight against the Mad Titan himself. With Thor being the last chance at defeating Thanos, he ruins it by not immediately killing him. Since Thor failed his only task, Thanos is allowed to use the “Snap” to eliminate half of all life. Thor failed his task because he was obsessed with revenge rather than the mission itself because behind Thor’s smile and newfound comedic energy lives a man who has nothing left to live for except revenge. Thor giving a speech to Thanos as he attempts to kill him is all he has left to do in life. With Thor failing his only job, it is up to him to put aside his feelings and do the right thing in Avengers: Endgame.

Why Avengers: Infinity War Matters to Me

Ten years ago I attended a showing of Iron Man with my Dad and ever since I’ve been enthralled by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Seeing Iron Man come to life on the big screen was such a revolutionary experience for me, so much so that I made an effort to see every movie they put out on opening night. Only missing The Incredible Hulk and Thor, I went on to see 17 movies within 24 hours of release. Each movie brought something new to the table, especially the films in Phase Two. However, last month saw the release of ten year’s worth of universe building come together to form Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War was something I’ve been looking forward to ever since the announcement was made in 2014. After four years of waiting, I was finally able to see Infinity War on opening night. Seeing Infinity War after 4 years of waiting, was well worth the wait. Every character and scene felt like it earned its place on the screen and every joke filled the theatre with laughter and joy. Even with the movie’s uncertain and fairly grim ending, I still walked out enjoying seeing my childhood converge into one giant movie. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken me on a wild ride with Captain America being my favorite Avenger until Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War where I noticed Thor is a major standout after his transition to becoming a comedic hero. Seeing Thor arrive in Wakanda for the final battle is perhaps my favorite scene from any Marvel movie, which says a lot when compared to scenes from Civil WarAnt-Man, and Ragnarok.

However, this experience wasn’t necessarily about the movie itself. My Dad and I continued to see as many movies in theatres since Iron Man in 2008. With the eventual inclusion of my brother, the three of us spent quality time seeing these films over 10 years. We made time to see every movie on opening night even in different states such as Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought my family together through memorable comedic and action scenes over 10 years. Seeing our favorite’s like Iron Man and Captain America fight each other, seeing Captain America almost lift Thor’s hammer: Mjolnir, and even when the Hulk swung Loki into the ground several times in The Avengers.

Avengers: Infinity War is what I’ve always wanted from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, the memories associated with the franchise are what really set this movie apart. I cannot wait until next year to see how the Russo Brothers conclude Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers 4.