How Thor Became Marvel’s Greatest Hero

First off, Thor as a superhero is a joy to watch; the character finds humor in the bleakest of scenarios and is naturally charming to witness. For instance, in “Thor,” he goes from a celebrated god in Asgard, next in line for the throne, to an exiled nobody on Earth, who is forced to start from scratch and step into his true power. Prior to his exile, we see him engaging in banter with his half-brother Loki (Tod Hiddleston), and while their dynamic is a rather complicated one, the exchange is mostly light-hearted and humorous — at least until things eventually go awry.

Comic book editor and writer Nate Cosby talked about how Thor is a likable character who is “fun to watch,” especially when he is wielding the Mjolnir and beating up the baddies — be it on his own or with his superhero team, depending on the nature of the threat. Cosby goes on to liken Thor to “Superman with a hammer,” and that his “strong, striking presence” presents his as a godlike, yet relatable superhero worth rooting for. Then there’s the humor, amplified greatly in Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” which is evident throughout the scenes set on the garbage planet of Sakaar.

Apart from this, Thor is obviously valiant and endlessly brave — a quality that manifests in various ways through the “Avengers” and “Thor” movies. For instance, in “Infinity War,” Thor goes to great lengths to forge the Stormbreaker, an epic Asgardian weapon that could potentially kill Thanos (Josh Brolin). Despite being warned about the dangers of realigning Nidavellir’s rings, Thor repurposes the power of a neutron star and almost dies in the process of crafting the weapon. That’s courage worth rooting for, right there.

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