With the release of the latest Marvel Studios Thor Movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, the Norse god of thunder, has now appeared in eight films. After debuting in 2011, Thor has become a household name. As one of the few remaining members of the original Avengers team, Thor carries much legacy for the future of the MCU on his back.
Thor, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, has had many adventures and sorrows. The God of Thunder has survived and triumphed, with each film presenting a new challenge for his character as he faces an enemy greater than himself.
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8th Thor: Love and Thunder
The most recent entry in Thor’s story is unfortunately the weakest. Thor: Love and Thunder sees Thor embarking on a journey to find inner peace and open his heart. However, his plans are interrupted by a new enemy, Gorr, who seeks the annihilation of all gods. The film tries to do something about Thor’s love life, but considering it’s already been explored Thor and Thor: The Dark World, there is not much to offer for Thor’s growth. The film plays out as a comedy, but unfortunately it’s not a very exciting comedy, especially when dealing with Thor’s character and the Marvel Universe.
The villain tears the comedy apart and brings in notable characters, but it’s lackluster as Gorr the God Butcher has a great story in the comics that leaves a lot to be desired in his limited screen time in the movie. His portrayal by Christian Bale is sadly wasted, as is the exploration of Thor’s relationship with his friends and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
7 Thor: The Dark World
After the climax of The Avengers, Thor returns to Asgard with Loki in prison. The film offers an insight into the relationship between the two brothers and the strained love between mother and adopted son. Loki is a scene thief as always, and his chemistry with Thor is remarkable for every scene they share. Thor: The Dark World is a good MCU film, but it doesn’t offer enough new or exciting moments for Thor’s character to digest.
The film features Thor setting out to defeat the leader of the Dark Elves who are attempting to drown the universe in eternal darkness, and Asgard with him. Thor must join forces with his brother to avenge their mother and stop the destruction of the Nine Realms. It feels like Marvel’s attempt at one war of stars-style world, but the lack of development for Thor is really holding it back.
6 The Avengers
The movie that started it all The Avengers was a huge hit for Marvel in 2012. It brought together all the characters from their individual films and was the first major crossover to link a cinematic universe. The Avengers are formed after Nick Fury’s SHIELD is threatened by Loki, who is holding the Mind Stone and the Tesseract. While not a Thor-centric film, its scenes are brilliant.
It was great to see Thor return for his second film appearance and see him interact with characters like Iron Man and Captain America. His friendly rivalry with Hulk turned into a lot of fun for the audience. Thor on Earth is always fun considering how different the modern world is from Asgard and how powerful Thor is compared to mortals.
5 Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok was something of a reinvention by Thor. The character started out as a stoic and plucky Shakespearean-esque character and, thanks to Taika Waititi, entered the realm of comedy. The film saw Thor without the mighty Mjölnir as he set out to save his home Asgard from his evil sister Hela, the goddess of death. Ragnarok sees Thor meeting many colorful people, such as Valkyrie, Korg, and reuniting with a friend from work, The Incredible Hulk, who has become a famous space gladiator.
The whimsical space adventure features lots of fun and gags for the Marvel characters, with one of the most stunning visual styles of the Marvel films. Thor’s solo film has a great supporting cast, but Thor himself can be a bit of an oddball. The reinvention of the character sees him favoring humor and silliness over his serious nature from previous films, as well as a disregard for Thor’s supporting characters such as Odin and the Warriors Three.
4 Avengers: Endgame
After the devastating loss of half the universe at the hands of the mad titan Thanos, Thor lives in remorse and resentment for his actions Avengers: Infinity War. Thor grabs his heart and smacks Thanos, showing him the bringer of his death, only for Thanos to survive just enough to complete his goal with the Infinity Stones. in the endgameIt’s been five years and Thor has been living in a fishing village, drinking and playing video games while putting on the pounds.
As interesting as a hopeless and grief-stricken Thor sounds, he’s ultimately played for gags. Revealing a fat Thor isn’t really disturbing as it’s humorous. There are some great moments, like a reunion between Thor and his mother, but his role as a jester is more important than his serious and broken demeanor.
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron
After Tony Stark builds an artificial intelligence system in hopes of bringing peace, the AI known as Ultron goes rogue after discovering humanity’s myriad wars and horrors. It’s up to the Avengers to stop Ultron from creating an extinction event that would wipe out humanity.
Thor has plenty of room to play Avengers: Age of Ultron. He has some great scenes alone and with other members of the cast. Notable scenes for Thor are at the Avengers party where they all try to raise Thor’s hammer while he looks on with smug amusement. Thor has a lot to do in this film and it’s a great watch.
The introduction to the mystical and cosmic world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor took the audience off earth for a while to show them that Lord of the rings-like world that awaits you in the realms of Asgard. With a great cast and a great cast of Marvel characters, the film had a lot of potential and delivered some great aspects to Thor’s character.
Thor is banished by his father Odin to live among the mortals of Earth. Odin renders Thor unworthy to wield the hammer Mjolnir due to his blind pride and vanity. On Earth, Thor discovers his humanity as well as his love for the mortal, Doctor Jane Foster. As he learns the ways of the earth, he soon finds himself worthy of his title again. While the film wasn’t the most successful MCU film, it did offer a great look at Thor himself.
1 Avengers: Infinity War
That was what mattered. The structure of the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Avengers: Infinity War. As Thanos ravages the galaxy in search of the Infinity Stones, he seeks one goal: wiping out half the universe. Thanos invades the remnants of Asgard’s people and crushes their numbers, killing Heimdall and Loki in front of a helpless Thor and leaving him for dead. He is struck with vengeance.
It was great to see Thor with a purpose; a target to hit Thanos in the heart and bring him to his end. The film follows Thor on a cosmic adventure to forge a new weapon worthy of Mjolnir. With the help of Groot and Rocket Racoon, Thor creates Stormbreaker. His performance in Wakanda is nothing short of a legendary movie moment and one of Thor’s finest moments on screen.
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