Monday, June 6, 2022

Thor Binge List

Another month, another Marvel countdown. This time we’re looking forward to the fourth Thor movie: Love and Thunder. If you haven’t watched them recently, I recommend looking back through some of the major movies leading up to Thor’s new adventure


Though some scenes from Loki might dispute this, the first Thor movie was our hero’s first adventure to Midgard. It’s definitely the first time he met Jane Foster and SHIELD. And thus began his association with humans as a superhero during his banishment to Earth. Unfortunately this association was cut short when he was forced to destroy the rainbow bridge. 

The Avengers 

As Loki schemed his way to Earth during the Thor credits scene and into the beginning of this movie, Thor had to find a way back to Earth to stop his adopted brother. After a brief skirmish with the fledgling Avengers, Thor teamed up with our heroes to save New York (and Earth) from Loki and the Chitauri. And with that, Thor returned to Asgard with Loki in custody. 

Thor: The Dark World 

This might be the Marvel movie that gets the most flack. That being said, I still enjoy Dark World. And, as we’re being reintroduced to Jane Foster next month, we should look at her last appearance (her cameo in Endgame doesn’t count). We left Jane Foster locking lips with Thor after defeating the Dark Elves. We thought we’d see more of Jane and Thor’s relationship, but that was not to be.

Guardians of the Galaxy 1-2 

Since the Guardians are set to appear in Love and Thunder, we’ve gotta revisit their beginnings in these two movies. As a hodge-podge group of fugitives just out to get some cash, we ended up seeing these heroes-to-be join forces to save Xandar from Ronin and the Power Stone. Being exonerated for their heroics, the Guardians of the Galaxy basically became heroes for hire. After getting into some trouble with the Sovereigns, they were rescued by Ego, Star-Lord’s father… only to end up fighting him as well. That’s just par for the course with them. 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Back on Earth to help the Avengers (and probably to visit Jane), Thor raided a Hydra base (thanks for that intel, Agents of SHIELD) and, as they celebrated, Tony created Ultron. Facepalm. But it is what it is. In the process of fighting Ultron, Thor gets inadvertently sent chasing after Infinity Stones. Which leads us to the next movie…

Thor: Ragnarok

A complete change in tone compared to the first two Thor movies, but we got the God of Thunder teaming up with his brother, Bruce Banner/Hulk, and Valkyrie to escape a gladiator planet and save Asgard from Hela, Thor’s long lost sister and Goddess of Death. But instead of saving Asgard, Thor evacuated his people and destroyed his home. So all was good… until Thanos’s ship showed up.

Avengers: Infinity War

With the Asgardians’ ship half massacred, Bruce Banner was sent back to Earth to prepare the Avengers for Thanos’s arrival. Meanwhile Thor was found by the Guardians of the Galaxy. As both groups tried to beat Thanos to the Infinity Stones, battles occurred on multiple fronts. Unfortunately, even as Thor, Rocket, and Groot joined the fray in Wakanda, the Avengers on Earth and on Titan were unable to stop Thanos. And there went half the universe…

Avengers: Endgame

With Thor depressed and drunk most of the missing five years, it was a struggle dragging him out of retirement (if you can call it that) to help undo the Snap. Having found some closure with his mother’s death during the Time Heist, Thor was one of the leading forces as the Avengers took down the Mad Titan. Later, after Tony’s funeral, Thor left Valkyrie in charge of New Asgard. And off he went with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

And with the finale of Phase 3, you’re caught up for Love and Thunder. If you want further viewing, maybe check out Lady Sif’s other appearances in Agents of SHIELD (episodes 1x15 and 2x12) and Loki (episode 4). There have also been rumors about Loki 2.0 showing up, so now could be a good time to rewatch Loki on Disney Plus.

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