If you feel like there has been something missing in your life of late, it’s probably worth reminding yourself that it’s been over 500 days since the last MCU film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was released in cinemas. For some, it’s like we have been missing our friends; certainly, there will be a sense of loss to anyone who was sat through the 3,000 minutes of screentime on multiple occasions.
But which character do you miss the most? Everyone will have their favorite characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we have a feeling that Thor will be on the top of many lists. The good news is that he will be back. The bad news is that we are going to have to wait until February 2022 for Thor: Love and Thunder.
Comic book characters are always going to be viewed as somewhat subjectively. For instance, while Captain America is always going to be received warmly by patriotic US audiences, some viewers elsewhere might find Cap’ a bit bland. To be fair, Chris Evans got better and better at portraying the character as the MCU evolved, and he was even able to bring some deadpan humor to the role.
Nevertheless, we want to make a case for Thor as the best character from the movies, and we set out our five reasons below:
Let’s start with the obvious – the casting of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder. Yes, you can make an argument that others like Robert Downey Jnr, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tom Hiddleston were perfectly cast. But we find it hard to think of anyone else in the role. It’s not just the look – actors like Charlie Hunnam could do that – it’s the fact that Hemsworth brought a blend of comedy, vulnerability, goofiness, and seriousness to the role. Of all MCU actors, it always came across like Hemsworth was the happiest to be there. That filters through to the audience.
From the Ridiculous to the Spine-Chilling
One thing that sets the MCU apart, especially in later films, is a willingness to let its characters have self-deprecating moments. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was almost always used for comic relief from his appearance in Thor Ragnorak onwards. From the get-go, however, Thor was able to switch instantly from silly to seriously cool. Even as far back as the Kenneth Branagh-directed first outing, you could be laughing one minute and have goosebumps the next as Thor turned serious. No other character could make the jump so effortlessly.
Bouncing Off Loki
There was some great chemistry between MCU characters. Evans and Downey Jnr, for example, were able to simmer, snarl and snipe at each other through multiple movies to portray the tension between Iron Man and Captain America. But the best chemistry was between the two Asgardian brothers, whose complicated relationship drove the narrative of several films. What we liked most, however, is that Thor’s character went ‘on a journey’ when it came to understanding his brother, culminating in acceptance. By Ragnorak, Thor was mostly in control, having come to terms with his brother’s inevitable mischief.
Norse Mythology Is Fascinating
Perhaps it is a byproduct of the Marvel movies, but Norse mythology is everywhere all of sudden. From the new Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla to winning opportunities with Thunderstruck 2 at casino.com/uk, everyone wants a slice of Norse mythology. It gave a platform for the Thor character to do so much more interesting stuff, like brush up against Hela, Surtur, and, of course, Loki. The mixture of real Norse mythology and comic book poetic license has always been one of Marvel’s best hallmarks.
A Vulnerable Superman
From the moment he first appeared in the MCU, Thor was presented as the perfect superhero. Pretty soon, though, doubts began to show: Was he worthy? Was he, as Odin asked, the God of Hammers? Thor, more so than any Avenger, was beset with these doubts, and that was demonstrated in the fact that he blamed himself for “The Snap”. Yes, other characters had doubts, but the stark juxtaposition between Thor the ‘Mightiest Avenger’ and Thor the vulnerable let Hemsworth explore more character depth than any other.