Love & Thunder Can Answer The Last Original Avengers Phase 1 Mystery
Thor: Love & Thunder will seem to focus on Thor’s most personal journey yet, and it might finally answer a Phase 1 question about his character.
The trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder could have hinted that the movie could finally answer a long-standing Phase 1 question. Taika Waititi’s second Thor The film follows the main character after the events of the Snap and the battle against Thanos, where he left New Asgard behind and boarded a ship with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thor: Love and Thundermore than just a fun space game with goofy characters, it actually looks like it could be quite an introspective journey for the original Avenger, and so could solve a Phase 1 mystery.
The Avengers is around 10 years old, and it launched the ever-evolving legacy of the MCU as it is now known beginning with the original six; Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor. Only half the team remains in the MCU (although the plan was to kill off the original 6 Avengers in End of Game,) with Tony and Nat having sacrificed themselves in the war against Thanos, and Steve then returned to the 1950s to be with Peggy. Their stories were satisfactorily concluded with their endings; Tony’s last act was selfless, Natasha atoned for her past and Steve was no longer a man out of time and he got his happy ending. Even Clint and Bruce, while still present in the MCU, also answered questions posed during their initial introductions. Bruce has found a balance between himself and the Hulk with intelligent Hulk, and Clint is appreciated as a hero in his own right despite having no superpowers, which has always set him apart. Therefore, that just leaves Thor to go.
The question of Thor has always been a question of merit. It’s something he was told in his first movie, Thor, when the mighty Norse god Odin banished him for breaking orders, and Thor had to prove himself worthy of lifting Mjolnir. In the end, Mjolnir returned to his hand, but Mjolnir is merely a representation, not indicative of Thor’s inner feelings. The trials and tribulations his character has encountered mean he always comes back to this question of value time and time again; dignity in the traditional sense of “Thor”, but also self-esteem. By giving his story a satisfying conclusion in Thor: Love and Thunder, the MCU can finally answer whether or not Thor is actually worthy, as well as what dignity really means. Considering he’s the last original Avenger without a completed arc, it’s essential that the film provide closure.
Throughout his MCU adventure, Thor has constantly questioned his place in events and the consequences of his actions. the Thor: Love and Thunder The trailer shows Thor leaving the Guardians for some sort of soul-searching. He buries Stormbreaker, and says he’s now a ship of ”peace“instead of prioritizing the battle. On the other hand, Avengers: Endgame saw Thor limited by depression and alcoholism as the guilt of not killing Thanos consumed him. He had lost all self-esteem, completely collapsing when he met his mother during the time theft. While there, he successfully summons and grabs Mjolnir because he needs a representative sign that he is still worthy, and it comes to him. Yet the Thor: Love and Thunder the trailer sees him acknowledging this as a symbol and not the true sense of inner worth. He might be worthy in the sense that he’s ready to fulfill his God-given role as a protector, but that’s not really a path he has chosen. Thor can only achieve this true sense of dignity when he finds out who he is, not who he was told to be.
Thor, despite being a legendary Norse god, turned out to have one of the most human arcs in the MCU. His vulnerability, his ups and downs, his heartaches and his losses all combined in the perfect way to make him a character like no other. Thor: Love and ThunderThe story of him will no doubt do justice as he continues his quest for true dignity. By continuing to explore this central theme of the MCU, the film can finally explain what this nebulous quality really means.
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