Coming out of the first Avengers movie, I think many fans were pretty high on the prince of Asgard’s prospects for the future. However, any goodwill that came from fans was immediately shattered when the second film in his franchise, Thor: The Dark World, hit theaters. Even to this day, it stands as one of the least liked films in the MCU’s 22-film history, and while there are a lot of reasons why, his character is somewhat a part of the reason.
When all said and done, he just wasn’t that fun to watch as a character. He had great connections to the MCU as a whole through the excellent Loki, but he himself wasn’t super interesting. But why is that? Speaking with Variety, Thor: Ragnarok‘s director Taika Waititi had the following to say:
“The character was always so stoic. I understand where they were coming from, because he’s so old. The idea was he’s seen everything and nothing fazes him. Unfortunately, that’s not a recipe for a great character.”
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And, of course, we all know what happened when Waititi got a hold of Thor…we got perhaps one of the most fun and memorable films in the franchise — at least that’s the case in this lowly writer’s opinion. While I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call Thor stoic, I can certainly see where Waititi’s opinion is coming from, and in previous interviews, he discussed the need in a Thor movie for Thor to be the coolest character in it.
I’d say he succeeded.
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