A look back at Chris Hemsworth’s very first appearance in the MCU

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) heating up right now, with Phase 4 underway and new characters being introduced and the stories of others continuing, it was a good time to look back on one of the Marvel origin stories.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor / Photo credit: Marvel Studios

With trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder recently released, we thought it would be a great time to review Thor (2011), and relive Chris Hemsworth‘s very first film playing the God of Thunder.

Thor follows the titular hero as he lives a reckless life in Asgard. He’s headstrong, arrogant, and has possibly the worst eyebrows in the entire MCU. He lives for war and thrives on the idea that he will see another battle soon after the last one.

After being banished from his home by his father, Odin King of Asgard (Anthony Hopkins), Thor must live with mortals and learn that being a king is not about war, but the knowledge of when to charge and when to sleep. low.

After sending Thor to Earth, Odin whispers the phrase “Whoever holds this hammer, if worthy, shall possess the power of Thor” into Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, which means that unless Thor proves that he can be not only a good king, but a good person too, he and his weapon will remain stuck.

Anthony Hopkins as Odin / Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

Anthony Hopkins as Odin / Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

The film sees Thor meet Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), a scientist who God learns he has a thing for, and her for him. They help each other in their quests and form a bond that neither will forget.

As Thor tries to free his hammer from SHIELD and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), he learns, as his father hoped, what sacrifice is, and that war isn’t always the answer.

Thor is a brilliant MCU origin story that shows real progress for the protagonist, making him likable because of his improved character, rather than just because the actor is popular.

At the start of the film, Thor is, let’s face it, a bit spoiled. He gets everything he wants, including the throne of Asgard (before his banishment) and the title of king, much to the dismay of his scheming brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Since it’s a Marvel movie, it’s not humorless. The gist comes from Thor’s complete lack of understanding of how human customs work; for example, when he finishes a drink in a cafe with Jane, he smashes his cup on the floor.

Human customs really seem to confuse Thor... / Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Human customs really seem to confuse Thor… / Photo credit: Marvel Studios

In Asgard, it’s just a matter of saying you want another drink, but the thunder god is confused to learn that’s rude on Earth; however, Jane’s assistant, Darcy (Kat Dennings), finds this hilarious.

Thor speaks as if he doesn’t know how to talk to others, as his accent is somewhat classy, ​​and he converses with such authority that Jane, Darcy, and their scientist friend Eric (Stellan Skarsgård) are in a constant state of awe. and confusion. .

Besides Thor’s constant (and hilarious) misunderstandings of Earth and its inhabitants, Thor is a rather beautiful MCU entry. Thor teaches Jane about the stars and the Nine Realms, learns to play with others, and shows genuine dismay for her actions on Asgard.

This feature is perhaps one of the best early origin stories, because there’s so much to show how much Thor has changed, but he’s still himself – just a better version.

It was great to learn, if only a little, about the Norse gods and their customs, worlds and peoples, which gave the character a certain sense of intrigue and the desire to see more movies based on him.

Thor and Jane / Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Thor and Jane / Photo credit: Marvel Studios

The final battle within Thor is brilliant and is a chance for the protagonist to show off their new, less selfish self. Although The Warriors Three and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) came to save him from exile, Thor sacrifices himself to save them, which he might not have done, even despite his love for his friends. , before coming to Earth.

When Thor finally returns to Asgard and takes on his role as king, it feels like he’s earned his place as ruler, rather than just taking power because he’s Odin’s son, as he did. did at the start.

Thor is a well done origin story. It’s a classic MCU movie, with a good mix of humor, life lessons, fight sequences, and a satisfying ending all rolled into one; definitely worth watching Thor: Love and Thunder will be released later this year (2022).

Watch the trailer for Thor below:

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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