Why __________ is Really a Thor Moment

I’m supposed to be writing something else right now, but fuck it. Here’s an army of Spoiler Warnings to keep your poor virgin eyes safe if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet.

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Still here? Good. I take no responsibility if you haven’t seen the movie and you continue past this point. I loved this movie. There’s so much great shit going on that it more than makes up for some of the bad stuff. I could gush about Tony’s arc, about Steve getting something he really wanted (for fucking once), or bemoan the weird sacrifice of Black Widow.

But I don’t want to talk about that. I just need to talk about Thor. My main man Thor. I used to hate Thor. He was boring as fuck from the first Thor movie all the way to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then, Thor: Ragnarok happened, and he quickly became my favourite Avenger. By far. All this to say, this will be heavily biased.

I want to talk about just one moment, a very specific thing that happens. The moment Captain America picks up Mjolnir and starts beating the crap out of Thanos with it. This was an exciting moment in the film, especially for fans of Captain America. But this isn’t a Captain America moment.

It’s a Thor moment.

What’s Thor’s reaction when Captain America wields Mjolnir? Is he afraid, angry, jealous? No. He smiles and shouts: “I knew it!”

This moment alone is all you need to know just how much Thor has grown as a character, who he’s become after a decade of these superhero smash-a-thons.

Let me illustrate my point by taking you back in time to the strange period of 2015. A time only whispered off in the dark corners of the world.

Cap nearly lifted the hammer four years ago. What do you see in Thor’s face? Fear. Fear that he’ll be replaced, that he’ll lose his power and his place in Asgard. And what happens when Cap does actually wield Mjolnir to face down Thanos?

Thor is ecstatic.

You could argue that it’s because he’s got Stormbreaker now, and his power isn’t derived solely from Mjolnir. But just a bit earlier, Mjolnir was proof that Thor was still worthy. And now, so soon after, he finds out someone else is just as worthy as he is.

If this had happened to the Thor of 2015, we would have seen anger, resentment, and jealousy. But now, so soon after Thor’s lowest, darkest moment, he’s just happy to know that his friend is as worthy as he is. That alone is evidence that he’s gone from being a selfish, spoiled prince of Asgard to a true, whole man. His confidence and sense of worth aren’t tied to the things he can do or the hammers he can lift, but to who he is. He knows what he’s about, and his deeds are all the greater for it.

So why did I suddenly need to write about this? Why did this hit me so hard?

Because there’s a little bit of Thor in me. I skipped a grade and grew up being told I was smarter than average and could do great things. But these great things have eluded me. I’ve been the spoiled prince, and right now I’m going through my Fortnite Thor phase. As I’m sure many others are.

I like to think I’m getting close to being what I really am, just like Thor gets to do in Endgame.

PS: For additional reading, I recommend this Vanity Fair Article comparing the way Thor was handled in Avengers: Endgame with Chris Hemsworth and his difficulty with the character. It’s a great read, and gave me a deeper appreciation for the character.