Thoughts on Thor: The Dark World

Spoilers below!

So, for a while after watching Thor: The Dark World, I was very confused as to how far back I was meant to think the Loki/Odin switch happened. Then I remembered Loki’s impression of Captain America, and I was relieved. (Unless there are a couple of bigass ravens hanging out in any of the other Avengers movies, then I might have doubts.)

I’m not sure if I was meant to be confused, or if it’s just that I’ve read American Gods too many times. Or because my base characterisation of Odin is ‘tricky bastard’ rather than ‘just a dick’, which seems to be Marvel’s characterisation. (I do enjoy that whenever people point out to Loki that he’s a mass murderer, he’s just say, ‘OMG, Dad’s killed way more people than me, what are you on about?’)

I think I would have preferred it if it had been Frigga who was secretly not dead, though. Despite my ‘Loki problem’ I was quite okay with him dying. (It’s easier to get upset at sexist tropes than it is about the deaths of mythologically inspired characters in one particular story.) Especially because stories with Loki in them tend to become Loki stories, so I could see how it could be freeing to have him absent in the future.

More generally, it was a very enjoyable movie. I didn’t love it as much as the first one, but it was still a lot of fun.

One of the things I like is the emphasis on battles not being won alone. Thor might be the superhero, but that doesn’t mean that other people don’t help save the day. The help of ordinary people like Darcy is also necessary. (I’m not convinced that Darcy’s love interest was necessary though.) Or not-so-ordinary people, like Heimdall. I was glad to see he got his moment of badassery.

There’s a scene  that stood out for me with Heimdall, where he opens the bridge for a group of Asgardians to come through – and none of them acknowledge him at all. I think that says something about why he’s so fond of Thor. Because when Thor’s not knocking heads, he’s a giant sweetie.

Thor = my favourite Avenger. At least in the movies.

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