The 10 Best Moments in the Thor Movies
With the release of 19 films (and many more to come), the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has cemented itself as the most extensive film franchise in the world. One of the most popular franchises in the MCU pantheon is the Thor series beginning with Thor (2011) directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor the Asgardian God and son of Odin.
As an introduction to Thor, his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the citizens of Asgard, the film does a great job of telling viewers who everyone is. The dialogue fits with the witty, sarcastic tone set by Iron Man (2008), and the visuals are stunning, especially the scenes set in Asgard.
Battle between Odin and the Frost Giants
Taking place within the first five minutes of Thor the battle in between Odin, his Asgardian army and the Frost Giants set up a template for the larger scale battles to be seen in subsequent MCU films. It is also the first look at beings and places not on Earth and sees the Tesseract that will prove to have a pivotal role in the franchise.
After being banished to, Thor has his first Earth meal and in typical Viking fashion throws his mug to the floor while demanding “Another one”, and in that one moment went from being arrogant, spoiled prince to an endearing. Fans
A Mere Mortal
After his failed attempt to defeat Laufey and the Frost Giants in Jountenheim, Thor banished to Earth and separated from Mjolnir. When he finds out where it is, Thor breaks into a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and attempts to retrieve it unaware that Odin has cast an enchantment over the hammer that only someone worthy enough would be able to life it. Realizing that he’s not only mortal but unworthy to wield Mjolnir, he breaks and decides he’s better off on Earth. This was a great scene because it was the moment Thor finally learned that his actions have consequences and being the son of Odin doesn’t protect him from them.
To Be Worthy
As part of his plan to take over Asgard, Loki send a giant automaton called the Destroyer to Earth to kill Thor. After Lady Sif and the Warriors Three are defeated, Thor faces off against the Destroyer despite his mortality. It was this willingness to sacrifice himself for others that caused Thor to be found worthy to once again wield his hammer.
Frigga Wasn’t Afraid to Fight
Though audiences never got to see much of Thor and Loki’s mother Frigga (Rene Russo), she was always seen as being a woman who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. When the Dark Elf Malkeith attacks Asgard in his search for Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in Thor: The Dark World (2013), Frigga stands up to him to defend Jane. Even though the fight was short, it was great to see Frigga have her own moment of bravery.
Loki’s Moment of Truth
After his attempt attack on Earth in The Avengers (2012), Loki was imprisoned on Asgard. When Thor informs him of Frigga’s death, he loses control of his emotions and telepathically throws his cell into disarray, and for the first time his mask of slips off. Gone is the arrogant man quick to make snide comments and taunt Thor. In that one moment Loki no only revealed just how much he loved his mother, it was also one of Tom Hiddleston’s best moments portraying the character because he showed just how tightly Loki reigns in his emotions and power.
Thor and Loki meeting Hela
From the moment it was announced Cate Blanchett would play Hela in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), the unknown sister of Thor and Loki and the franchise, fans were excited to see how these three characters would interact, and their first meeting did not disappoint. After Odin dies and goes to Valhalla, Hela appears in her full armor and tells them to kneel before her, their true queen. When they refuse, Thor throws his hammer at her, she catches and proceeds to shatter it into oblivion.
When the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok Was released one of the scenes that really caught the attention of fans was the brief glimpse of Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor charging at each other in a crowded arena. People were excited to see two of the physically strongest characters in the Avengers and MCU fight, and it was everything fans wanted. As Bruce Banner was repressed, Hulk didn’t recognize Thor as his fellow Avenger and therefore released his full rage and as a result, audiences were treated to one of the best fight scenes in the MCU.
Valkyrie Walking into Battle
Though her initial entrance in Thor: Ragnarok and — introduction to the MCU — was quite memorable, the visual that more than likely comes to mind when Valkyrie is mentioned is her strong strut down the Bi-Frost. With her addition to the cast, Tessa Thompson not only brought some much-needed representation of women of color to the MCU, but her characterization of Valkyrie also proved to be the perfect foil for Thor by keeping him off-balance with her quick-wittedness, and friendship with Hulk was a pleasant surprise.
Thor Becoming the God of Thunder
In his third Thor film, Hemsworth was able to show the results of Thor’s growth throughout the previous films. In Thor: Ragnarok he realized what being the God of Thunder really meant. Though it may sound cliched and cheesy, the power really was within him, and not Mjölnir. Plus, he looked super cool when the lightning flashed from his eyes, you could practically feel the electricity crackling in the air.