The MARVELous Universe

Destiny Montgomery, Editor in Chief

I have many obsessions: sweet tea, books, “Dance Moms” and most importantly: the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As of now, there are 26 movies and four Disney+ series. Not all of the movies were released in the timeline order, so Disney+ has a feature where fans can watch the movies in the specific order. The fourth movie in the timeline order: “Thor,” was released on May 2, 2011. Spoiler alerts ahead:

The movie starts out with Jane Foster, Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis who are studying a phenomenon in the New Mexico Desert. While they are sitting in their van, a large lightning storm develops and odd enough, they drive towards it. They end up hitting a man inside of the storm so they stop in confusion. The man is a very attractive, strong blond.

Asgard – birthplace of Thor

The movie then starts to narrate the backstory of this blond man, who we find out is Thor Odinson. The narration describes the battle from a long time ago between the Jötuns, the frost giants of Jötunheim, and the Asgardians. Luckily, the Asgardians win. The narrator turns out to be Odin, talking to his two sons. One is Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth, my favorite Hemsworth, the other is a dark haired boy named Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston, my ALL TIME favorite!)

Years later Thor (god of thunder) is officially announced as the crown prince of Asgard. Loki (god of mischief), envious as always, is upset. Suddenly, a large robot intrudes to the rooms that hold the power casket (not really sure what this is, but I guess it goes with the movie). Thor is angry and wants to get revenge but Odin forbids him. 

Not listening to Odin, he gathers Loki and some of his friends including a girl named Sif and they ride to the Bifrost Bridge portal, where the Asgardians can travel to different planets and realms. Heimdall allows them to go to Jötenheim. King Laufey taunts them and releases a beast, who Thor kills. Odin arrives to save them and apologizes to Laufey, but he isn’t having it and declares War with the Asgardians. 

Odin is very angry with Thor for causing a war. He strips him of his power and banishes him to Earth with his hammer, Mjolnir being him he states: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he is worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

Earth

Thor is aggressive, gets knocked out, gets taken to the hospital, wakes up, continues to freak out and eventually gets tranquilized. Erik tries to convince Jane to leave him alone but she is curious and attracted to him, but who isn’t. He is eventually okay and given civilian clothing. He hears about a satellite crash and decides to go there. The “satellite crash” is actually the place where Mjolnir landed. After dark, they return to the scene where S.H.I.E.L.D. agents surround the hammer. Thor attacks and finally reaches Mjolnir, but is unable to lift it. He gets really upset and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents take him in for questioning. 

Asgard

Loki realizes that he isn’t full Asgardian, and Odin finally tells the truth which is that Loki was taken from Jötenheim as a baby. Loki then becomes acting kind as Odin falls into “Odinsleep.”

Earth

Agent Coulson questions Thor, and when he leaves, Loki appears and tells him that Odin is dead. After some convincing, Coulson lets Erik leave with Thor. Thor and Jane spend some time together and he explains how Asgard is the protector of the nine realms. 

Asgard

It turns out that Loki is the one who let the frost giants into Asgard before. He freezes Heimdall and goes to meet Laufey. They make a deal that he will let them kill Odin if they go home in peace. He then demands that the “Destroyer” finds and kills Thor. 

Earth 

The Destroyer comes to earth and starts destroying things; I mean, it’s in his name. Thor asks Loki to leave the people alone. The Destroyer smacks Thor out of consciousness. His act of not being selfish again proves him to be worthy, so Mjolnir comes out of the crater and into Thor’s hand. He defeats the Destroyer and returns to Asgard, promising Jane he will come back to see her. 

Asgard

The frost giants invade and Laufey goes to find Odin. As he is about to kill him, Loki comes in and acts like the hero and kills Laufey. Heimdall manages to break free and allows Thor to return to Asgard. Loki tries to destroy Jötenheim, but Thor tries to stop him. They begin to destroy the bridge and fall into space. Odin is holding onto Thor who is holding on to Loki’s staff. Loki “admits” he was wrong and allows himself to fall into space. 

In the post credit scene, Erik talks to Fury about an object in a briefcase. Loki appears, invisible, and says “Well, I guess that’s worth a look,” which can never be good coming from the god of mischief. 

I honestly liked this movie a lot. It isn’t my favorite Thor movie, but I love the style of it, plus I think it is cool seeing heroes that don’t live on Earth. I give it a 7.5/10!