When the time came for Thor 2’s release, I’d realised I’d yet to watch the origin film, so I settled down to watch it on the eve of my trip to the second. My first glimpse of Thor as a character was in Avengers so I was surprised at the arrogant, hot-headed and frankly a danger to others version that was in this film.
Starring Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian God of Thunder, it lays the foundation story of Thor, devoting the first 30 minutes to his back story, the relationship between Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and his two sons Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and also Thor’s status as a protector for Asgard. As I said above, Thor at the beginning of the film is arrogant, boisterous, tearing around creating havoc, usually because his temper got in the way. Thor almost causes a war to break out with another world and this is where the story really starts. His father banishes him to Earth to teach him a lesson; he meets scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) along with fellow scientist Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) and Darcy (Kat Dennings).
Once this foursome comes together, it makes for hilarious viewing and this is where Hemsworth comes into his own; he’s comedic and like a fish out of water as he tries to adjust to life on Earth. He delivers the lines with a certain sarky quality and charisma, but still remaining incredibly arrogant about who he is. At times you can see how much he feels defeated about his situation, but the progression of his character to a wise, brave and humble God is brilliant.
As well as the narrative on Earth, back in Asgard, Loki attempts to become King, a position he views as rightfully his. He’s deceptive, slimy but enigmatic and Tom Hiddleston plays him perfectly. He has a gravitas about him and even though there shouldn’t be any likeable qualities to Loki due to his constant betrayals, Hiddleston manages to create a firm fan favourite.
I do enjoy this movie; it’s a great start to Thor’s overall story in the Marvel universe and it has some great elements to it, particularly the role that S.H.I.E.L.D play; Clark Greg gets some much valued screen time with some brilliant gags and we even get a small appearance from Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. The promise of the return to Asgard for Thor 2 is a welcoming one and I for one can’t wait to see how all the characters progress.
Jane: I’ve never met him before
Darcy Until she hit him with a car
Jane: I grazed him with my car and she tasered him
Darcy: Yes I did