Thor: Mistake and Blunder


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This week, Andrew Jáuregui covers a summer box office hit, Thor: Love and Thunder.

Andrew Jáuregui, Interactive Media Editor

Remember the version of Thor from Infinity War, the broken man with nothing left to lose, broken by years of battle and heartbreak, but serious and driven? This depiction carried over into Endgame, where we saw the full extent of his broken psyche. I have no doubt that this was Thor at his peak, in terms of how he was written. However, Thor: Love and Thunder departed from this portrayal, choosing comedy over impactful storytelling.

Thor has been no stranger to comedy however, with Thor: Ragnarok being quite the hilarious film, and even in Infinity War and Endgame, Thor was responsible for many great jokes, but this recent film took things too far. The film was directed by the same director that did Ragnarok, Taiki Watiti. However, Watiti was also a writer for the film. Watiti is known for his over-the-top humor, which definitely is shown in Love and Thunder.

Unfortunately, although Thor works as a somewhat humorous character, he is still a dramatic and godly character, and that necessary seriousness was lost in the latest film. Ragnarok was a great movie to introduce humor to the character, and the 3rd and 4th Avengers films balanced the humor and drama well. Hopefully, we can see this balance again.