For the most part, Iron Man is considered by many as the best origin story ever in live action. But after watching thor for a second time, I've realized something. This movie is EXTREMELY underrated. I not only believe that this is a fantastic origin story, but it is in fact . Now i'm just not going to state a claim, and hope you agree. I'll state the reasons why I believe this to be so down below.
Ok tell me that wasn't BADASS!! Aside from the fact that you were probably cringing from Thor's arrogance, which displays hemsworth's excellent portrayal as young thor. Marvel has done an amazing job in casting the right actors for their comic book characters. From Robert Downey jr as tony stark and Chris Evans as Captain America. Chris Hemsworth is perfect for this role. From his young arrogant days to growing up to be the god of thunder we know, Chris Hemsworth nails both excellently. He may not be as appealing to the masses as robert downey jr. is to most, due to personality differences. But as far as nailing his character down, he is equally as good.
In all honesty, this movie has the best acting of all the origin stories, and it also has some of the best acting in all superhero movies in general. I've already touched on Hemsworth's thor performance, but Tom Hiddleston's had an AMAZING Loki performance. And Anthony Hopkins as Odin was breathtaking. He was excellent as Odin, and had some of the most chilling scenes and speeches in the entire movie. When all of these 3 characters were in the same scene, it was extremely satisfying.
Whats an origin story without character development? Tony Stark had the single greatest character development in Iron Man 1 of all origin story heroes. But lets take a look at Thor. As a young arrogant boy, on the way to becoming king, he gets cast out and is humbled as a result by this, as well as the humans that he meets. The fact that he was willing to sacrifice himself, when he was mortal, to save the people he loved, shows us just how Thor the boy became Thor the God of Thunder. Arrogant Thor would not have done this. But this alone does not put this movie's character development over Iron Man, there is another dynamic within thor the movie that puts it over the top, Loki.
Tom Hiddleston/ Loki was the star of the show, and when a villain takes that claim, its a good thing! Loki shines in this movie better than I would have thought. Throughout the entire Thor movie, you watch two completely different men evolve into 2 completely different people. Loki, after finding out he isn't Odin's real son, begins a downward spiral. You understand loki's desire to make his father proud and prove he can be a king, and in the end, you might even feel sorry for him. This is an EXTREMELY deep and emotional piece that heightens this movie's quality. The fact that you have two parallel, distinct, and equally amazing character developments in one storyline, and intersect in an extremely climactic ending, makes this movie's character development unmatched by Iron Man or any other.
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Thor has some of the best acting in all superhero comics, it has perfectly executed, and the most dynamic character development, than any other origin story. Asgard and the entire film itself is aesthetically beautiful, and the movie's third act was extremely satisfying and triggered emotion for a character (loki) who only wanted to make his father proud. It is for these reasons that I believe Thor is the best origin story made in live action to date.
With Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor directing Thor 2 (WOW!!!). And comic book & animation writer Christopher Yost screen writing the movie, who was a writer on X-Men Evolution, Wolverine and the Xmen, and lead writer on Iron Man Armored Adventures and Avengers: Earths Mightiest heroes (WOW!!!). Makes me EXTREMELY psyched for the movie. This seems to be the perfect collection of creators for this. I wouldn't be surprised if its the best comic book movie of the year. Look out for the trailer next week.
So what do you all think? Will you try re-watching Thor from an objective standpoint while thinking about what i've said? Do you agree, disagree? Your feedback would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks for reading! =)