Thor; the god of thunder, the muscled guy whom female fans of Avengers fawned over. But Thor in Endgame, struggling with his mind and body issues is the god we need. Read on.
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ came with much fanfare. It was the world’s best heroes against the universe’s most powerful and evil villain, and we for once could not contain our excitement. As fans went inside replete with snacks and feelings, they had no idea what a carnage they were in for.
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- Gods fall too, and Thor in Endgame proves the same
One snap, and all their favourite heroes just went to pieces, literally. The audience came out weeping and destroyed, for this was not what they expected. They did not know that the Earth’s mightiest heroes would fall. More so, they did not think that Thor, the God of thunder, the strongest avenger, would fail. Well, even Thor did not anticipate that.
But none took this failure harder than Thor himself. He could not live with the loss. And thus, the Thor we saw in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ had fallen too deep into the abyss of mental health issues; depression, obesity, and helplessness, everything had consumed him as he fought virtual heroes to get back his self esteem. This God had fallen, and how.
But does that mean he couldn’t rise? We want out gods to be perfect, for we aren’t. They are our beacons of hope. But what if Gods fell too?
Thor in Endgame: When you see it
‘Avengers: Endgame’ starts on a sombre note. How could it not? After all, the last part saw half of the avengers disintegrating under Thanos’ culling snap. From superheroes to civilians, everyone lost someone; friends, family, love, and more. Life had been seeped out of the planet to restore the sickening balance that Thanos envisioned.
So when there is a slight hope that things can be reversed, Bruce aka Hulk, who has now got power over his ‘green’ self, goes to fetch Thor from the civilisation he has established for the people of Asgard. Guess what? Rocket and Hulk are in for a surprise. The Thor they knew is no longer there; there’s just a shadow, followed by a hollow grief; overweight, overburdened, and maybe gone too far.
Do Gods also feel that? Do they also have their moments? Apparently, yes. At least in the case of Thor. Everyone else took a hit, but he took it the hardest and went downhill from there.
“I am not supposed to be like everyone else,” says Thor.
“Everyone fails at who they’re supposed to be, Thor,” Queen Frigga
Sometimes, when you go down, you need someone older and wiser to guide you. Ever since Thor lost his mother, that caveat was never filled. So when he got a chance to retrieve the Reality stone from the past, that was also his chance to have a conversation with his mother, who identified him in an instant and told him how gods too can fail, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get up to take the baton again.
This, combined with the fact that he can summon his hammer Mjölnir and is still worthy, gives him the boost he hadn’t had in the past five years.
“I’m the strongest avenger. This responsibility falls upon me, it’s my duty.”
“Just let me do it.”
When the avengers are back with the stones, he first walks confidently and demands to wear the glove, to make right for what couldn’t happen all those years ago. But then that turns to a plea. Thor is desperate to make something right. We see the vulnerability peeking through strength.
All those times when we were told that strength doesn’t equate to being vulnerable, Thor in Endgame breaks it, piece by piece. Our hearts break, but we know how true this is, and this is what we need, to see him fall, only to rise again.
“Let’s kill him properly this time.”
When the past Thanos comes to the present to again destroy their efforts, Thor, this time, is prepared. He knows he is worthy, and he knows he can do it. But most important, this time, Thor knows how to use the collective power of the avengers and not just his own. That’s why, when Cap lifts his hammer, Thor is happy and not jealous, as he was back in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’
They win, the war ends. At a terrible cost, yes, but they create a better world. And all through that, Thor, the god, the strongest avenger, discovers himself. He not only finds his strength, but also his vulnerabilities, and the way to figure out his way in life, not only as a king and god on whose shoulders lies the responsibility to defeat evil, but also as a human who has to find out better ways to do it, along with other heroes.
And that is the Thor we needed; a little paunchy, a little raunchy.