Obviously, spoilers ahead.
Avengers: Endgame is breaking records, impressing critics, and thrilling fans. It’s the fitting end to the Infinity Stone saga that has captivated superhero movie fans for a decade. We got satisfying endings for a few characters and high potential for more to come for others, including the God of Thunder himself, Thor.
But the character arc for Thor was obliterated as they made the unfathomable choice to make him nothing more than comic relief through over two hours of the long flick. “Fat Thor” is getting a lot of attention from snowflakes who are calling Marvel out for fat shaming, making light of PTSD, making light of depression, and any number of things that trigger snowflakes. None of those things concern me. But the way they essentially turned him into an irredeemable chump is not only poor movie making. It was completely unnecessary.
All of the laughs in the beginning of his story following the five-year time jump was great. It was understandable. He was a warrior without a war, a leader who didn’t want to lead, and a hero who had failed to save the universe. Depression, alcohol, and obesity were all acceptable… for the beginning. But lest we forget, this isn’t someone who hasn’t experienced tragedy. He wasn’t someone who hadn’t experienced failure. He was a character who has lived and fought for over a thousand years. Even if you accept his obesity and drunkenness as results of the events that transpired in Avengers: Infinity War, you should expect to get in a few laughs and watch him rebound once it becomes clear they have a chance at redemption and reversal.
Instead, the let it drag on throughout the movie. For laughs. Not cool.
He grew in the first two Thor movies and the first two Avengers movies. Then, he reached a status if wisdom and understanding in Thor: Ragnarok, which led directly into the opening scenes of Infinity War. After suffering the greatest defeat of his life that found his brother Loki and his friend Heimdall killed by Thanos in front of his eyes, he set forth on a mission to kill the Mad Titan. During that mission, he helped make the Thanos-killing weapon, Stormbreaker, by literally being struck by the energy of a star.
And that wasn’t even the height of his wonders. Not even close.
As a large number of Avengers and the entire army of Wakanda were getting beaten down, Thor appeared and single-handedly turned the tide. When he landed and screamed “Bring me Thanos,” his determination and sheer might were clearly unquenchable until he found his prey. Then, he was able to defeat Thanos in combat against the full arsenal of the Infinity Gauntlet with a single throw of his ax.
Well, almost. He should have gone for the head… or at least driven the blade all the way through him instead of waiting for the life to slowly drain from him.
The point being, he was driven by a mission and nearly achieved it. There is no chance that he would not have quickly jumped at the chance of redemption after this failure. I don’t care how many beers he’d consumed or how many games of Fortnite had consumed him over the previous five years. The Thor they had developed through six movies would have sobered up and gotten back to work. Period.
But Marvel wanted comic relief.
It may be more than that, though. It’s possible they decided to take Thor out of the picture after making him so over-powered in Infinity War because they knew he may come back for more while the other two main characters, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, were done. I disagree with the decision, but at least it made a little more sense than just trying to draw some laughs in a movie with two major deaths and a controversial farewell to a fan favorite.
This was a movie made for fans, and that’s fine. On that level, it worked… except for Thor fans. To make him so insufferable throughout made absolutely no sense. It’s as if his character arc in six previous movies was meaningless.