MCU Moments: Thor
We are looking back at origin stories within the MCU for the next few weeks as we build up to the release of the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. We reviewed Iron Man last year in anticipation of Avengers: Infinity War, and we looked at some great moments from The Incredible Hulk last week. With those two films already covered, we are moving on to the God of Thunder’s standalone movie, Thor. Released in May of 2011, the film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. Chris Hemsworth made his debut as Thor, and Tom Hiddleston also made his debut as Thor’s brother, Loki. The film also included performances from Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, and Ray Stevenson. The film went on to earn $449 million worldwide, and every Thor film since then has earned even more at the box office.
So, what moments stand out in this origin story?
1) Initial Battle on Jotunheim
This is one of the first action pieces in this film, and it has some really great moments. In addition to showcasing the Loki, Lady Sif, and the Warriors Three, we get an introduction to Thor wielding his hammer. He spins and sends ice flying everywhere in his fight against the Frost Giants, and we also see him call down lightning to attack them. It’s an exciting battle, especially since it all starts with a smart comment about Thor running home as a princess.
This whole excursion ends with a triumphant entrance by Odin on horseback, which really does cap off this sequence nicely.
2) The Casting Out
Just as well executed as the battle on Jotunheim is the aftermath of this rescue by Odin. Thor’s actions bring him into direct conflict with Odin, and the two do not mince words in this confrontation. So much of Thor’s journey is set up in this conflict and the fact that he must get past his selfish, arrogant ways if he is to become king is the perfect challenge for this character. This scene is intense, and Anthony Hopkins heatedly telling Thor that he is not worthy is one of the most impactful moments of the entire movie.
Plus, this whole sequence ends with Jane hitting him with her van, which is a comical and memorable segway.
3) Still Not Worthy
This sequence belongs on this list as one of the most iconic moments of the film. There is a lot of setup here before Thor confidently walks into the containment area. The scene is set well with the electrical interference and oncoming storm, and it only gets more interesting as Thor starts fighting and Hawkeye starts trailing him with his bow.
The moment where Thor cannot pull out the hammer no matter how hard he tries is an unforgettable one. It is a moment of true defeat as the rain falls around him, and it perfectly sets the rest of the story in motion.
4) Showdown on Earth
The showdown between Thor and the Destroyer is a great sequence that starts with the awkward arrival of Lady Sif and the Warriors Three. Their comical introduction to Earth, though, is short-lived as they must battle the Destroyer. Their strategy is enjoyable to watch, but the true power of the scene comes from Thor’s final stand. He recognizes that this is Loki, and he is happy to sacrifice himself to save his friends.
So, this ends up being the redemption of Thor. It is a great sacrificial moment, and his subsequent return to his former glory is a worthy reward.
So, what moments stand out for you from Thor? Where does it rank among your favorites in the franchise?
Be sure to let us know in the comments, and catch up with us next week as we look at the origin for one of the noblest of the MCU characters.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.