10 Quotes That Perfectly Summarize Thor’s Arc In The MCU
From the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor has had one of the most poignant character arcs of any Avengers. Beginning in 2011 with his original solo film, Chris Hemsworth has appeared in a total of eight projects within the franchise, spanning over a decade.
After Thor: Love and Thunderwhich finally hits Disney+ in September, fans can now look back on the God of Thunder’s incredible character development so far, which is uniquely showcased in several quotes spoken throughout the franchise.
ten “You are unworthy!”
“You are unworthy of these realms, you are unworthy of your title, you are unworthy…of the loved ones you have betrayed!”
At the start of the first Thorfilm, the eponymous superhero falls out with his father after he disobeys his order not to retaliate against the Frost Giants. This results in Odin declaring Thor unworthy of his place on Asgard and throwing him to earth.
Thor’s journey in the MCU really began with his father’s sobering lyrics. If Odin hadn’t properly disciplined his son right now, he would never have become the hero he has since become. In truth, Odin driving Thor out of Asgard turned out to be one of the best decisions in the entire MCU.
9 “I have no idea what I’m supposed to do.”
After spending time among humanity, Thor remarks to Erik Selvig that, for the first time in his very long life, he has no direction. Where he was once destined to be king of Asgard, his path no longer seems so clear.
After over 1,000 years on Asgard, Thor felt ambiguity in his future for the very first time. While this proved frightening for the God of Thunder, it also carried a hint of the possibility in which he would be able to forge his own path outside of his predestined kingship. It is this realization that leads Thor to reject the position of king and become an Avenger.
8 “One son wanted the throne…the other won’t take it.”
Odin, Thor: The Dark World
A son who wanted the throne too much, and others who won’t take it. Is this my inheritance?
After faking his death at the hands of Kurse, Loki poses as his father and notices the dynamic between Odin’s two sons. He comments that, while the God of Mischief had desperately sought the throne, Thor refused it when it was offered to him.
Much of Thor’s story revolves around the relentless fight for the throne of Asgard. Although Loki wanted the throne, it wasn’t his. Meanwhile, Odin was desperate for Thor to succeed him, but his eldest son did not want such a title. While Thor would briefly accept the throne after his father’s death, it was never his or Loki’s destiny to rule Asgard.
seven “If you believe in peace, then let’s keep it.”
Thor, Avengers: Age of Ultron
During Ultron’s first confrontation with the Avengers in Age of Ultron, Artificial Intelligence claims to seek peace on earth. The God of Thunder challenges Ultron’s motives, saying they already maintain the peace he seeks.
Audiences encountered a loud and vengeful warrior Thor when he first appeared, but the Norse god has grown in his benevolence over the years. While a challenge of this nature might have spurred a younger Thor on to fight, the more seasoned hero sought peace first, though it is not yet achieved.
6 “Fate has disastrous plans for you, my friend.”
strange doctor, Thor: Ragnarok
After meeting Thor for the first time in Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Stephen Strange sadly remarks that Fate seems to have unsavory plans for the God of Thunder and his companions on Asgard. Although Thor ignores this, Strange’s words would turn out to be very true.
Just when Thor seemed to understand himself, Doctor Strange’s words would come true. Thor suffered many tragedies in the days following his encounter with the Sorcerer Supreme, who would kick off the next phase of his character development. From this point on, Thor’s arc in the MCU would be categorized by pain and loss.
5 “Loki, I thought the world of you.”
Thor, Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok is a perfect movie for newcomers to the MCU, in part because of its encapsulation of Thor and Loki’s rocky relationship during a brief scene between the two in a Sakaaran elevator. At the end of their conversation, Thor admits that he always had a high opinion of Loki.
Although Thor and Loki have rarely, if ever, seen each other, this scene finally confirms the love the eldest still had for his brother. No longer bitter over Loki’s betrayal years ago, Thor simply wishes to mend his relationship with his brother, despite accepting that such an event would never happen. Nonetheless, his words to Loki have their effect, causing the two sons of Odin to team up one last time before Loki’s untimely death at the hands of Thanos.
4 “You are stronger.”
Odin, Thor: Ragnarok
After his death in Thor: Ragnarok Odin once again appears to his son in his greatest hour of need. When Thor states that he is not as strong as his father, Odin smiles and knowingly tells him that he is right: he is stronger.
Thor has spent much of his life comparing himself to his father. However, in the fight against Hela, he was forced to realize that, despite his best efforts, he had become even stronger than the Allfather. Drawing strength from himself for the first time, Thor was able to orchestrate Hela’s defeat, even though it would cost Asgard her home.
3 “Not everyone knows who he’s supposed to be.”
friga, Avengers: Endgame
“Everyone fails who they’re meant to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed in being who they are.”
After suffering his biggest defeats in a row, Thor is lost in despair and guilt. It’s only after traveling back in time and conversing with his mother that Thor learns a valuable lesson about what truly makes a hero.
Frigga could not have chosen more poignant words to guide her son on his journey of self-discovery. The Thunder God had spent so much time blaming himself for not living up to what others expected of him that he never stopped thinking about what he expected of himself. Although the answer to this question is unresolved by the end of the film, it will drive its journey in future projects.
2 “I’m still worthy!”
Thor, Avengers: Endgame
After Thanos’ victory in Infinity War, Thor slipped into despair. However, after traveling to 2014, he summons his hammer and is surprised to find that despite all the odds, he is still worthy. He would take the hammer with him as evidence, helping him fight in the final battle against Thanos.
Years after Mjolnir was destroyed at the hands of Hela, Thor has once again proven his worth and power. Holding his signature weapon again, Thor felt like himself again for the first time in five years, allowing him to regain enough confidence to face Thanos one last time.
1 “If you feel lost, look into the eyes of the people you love.”
Pierre Quill, Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor: Love and Thunder picks up with Thor galloping through worlds known and unknown with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Before definitively separating from the Avenger, Peter Quill leaves Thor with one last piece of advice: focus on those he loves to find his place in life.
Still on a journey of self-discovery, Thor takes Quill’s words to heart, taking it upon himself to find the love that had so long eluded him. While he would find solace in the arms of Jane Foster for a time, it was truly the adoption of Love, daughter of the butcher god, that would finally complete Thor’s final storyline.
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