"Thor is boring and has no real character depth."
"Chris Hemsworth isn’t a very good actor."
"Thor is the most un-relatable of the Avengers."
"No body goes to see the Thor movies for Thor."
Let me tell you how much this all annoys me. While I love love love Tom, and Loki, there are fans and critics who can’t express their admiration without slamming Chris/Thor. That is crap.
First off, how many actors could pull the part of Thor off effectively? There’s a way you have to speak with power and deliver the lines without looking like an idiot or like a cartoon. It’s a lot more than being blonde and having a hot body, though, that is a for sure need, but there’s a sincerity, a kindness, a brash, bold, and a sense of nobility with the heart of a child that is needed. A child’s heart is both impulsive and selfish at times, but is also very very loyal and optimistic, even to people that have hurt them. That’s just the base of it. Thor has grown incredibly in the course of the movies. He’s not the man-child he was in the first movie.
And how much he loves Loki. Lets REALLY talk about that, he loves someone who lied to him, built him up as a major enemy when he had no clue anything was wrong. He just figured that was their relationship. “Thor was bold, and Loki was sensible.” Thor had no idea Loki resented the hell out of him. He knew his brother could be a shit, but so could Thor.
It’s my favorite thing about the Marvel movies, their relationship. How many men in media love someone so much and go out of their way to prove it when there is no romance or parental feelings? Thor truly loves him, you can tell even in the scenes when he tries to be business like to Loki he never means it. He was in more despair when Loki died compared to his mom. To me that was because he knew Frigga would be loved and admired at least, Loki had proven much to him (or what Loki wanted to show) and Thor believed he would be the only one to miss him. Based on people I’ve known and relationships I’ve had, I fully understand why Thor feels this way.
I just find his love for him to be the most complex and most heart felt of all the Marvel relationships.
Beautifully said!!! Also wanted to add to the point of Loki and Frigga’s death and Thor’s differing reactions, I think that when Frigga dies Thor and her, their relationship, was good…as seen in the cut scene between Frigga and Thor…so even though it was gut wrenching at least there was no bad blood between them. When Loki died there was so much not resolved between them, the brothers, that it was especially traumatic and devastating to Thor, also Loki died *as far as Thor knew* because he saved Thor, which would also add to his grief I would think. As shown, they had but seconds to convey things to each other. Thor saying that he’d tell their father that Loki redeemed himself and Loki telling Thor that it wasn’t for their dad that he’d acted nobly. I think it was horrible for Thor when his mother died but it was simply devastating when Loki died because their relationship was in tatters and there was never going to be peace or resolution. Also it explains the obvious difference between Thor and Loki’s reactions to Frigga’s death, Loki had been cruel to Frigga before she died and also gave directions to her killer so he was devastated by the flip-side of the same token.