starring: chris hemsworth, natalie portman, tom hiddleston, and anthony hopkins
REVIEWER: lyall carter
Marvel heads off into the heavens with tales of Thor, the Norse god of thunder, in Thor and Thor: The Dark World.
The next unknown outside comic book fandom superhero that Marvel thrust upon the world after Iron Man was Thor. The Norse god of thunder played by Australian heart throb Chris Hemsworth was a Shakespearean, fantasy that was 180 degrees different in nearly every way to billionaire Tony Stark. It was a bold move for Marvel so early on, but it more than paid off.
In Thor, the powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Thor: Dark World finds Dr. Jane Foster getting cursed with a powerful entity known as the Aether. Thor is heralded of the cosmic event known as the Convergence and the genocidal Dark Elves.
The first instalment introduces us to the character of Thor in all his upper class, all powerful god like snobbery. But its in coming to Earth that he fumbles and struggles; a real fish out of water. This along with his heroic struggle against Loki, is what develops him to the loveable Marvel character that is more than worthy to join the pantheon of Marvel heroes.
Thor: Dark World is quite possibly the weakest Marvel film outside of The Incredible Hulk which lowers the overall star rating of this combined review. For a Marvel film it veers too far into the darkness and mirk without surfacing for much needed air.
Overall, the Thor films bring a superb character into this shared universe with one standout story and one that suffers from being too inward focused.
Thor and Thor: Dark World bring the Norse god thundering into our world. He is worthy.