Thor: The Dark World
This’ll be a quick summary because the plot was pretty damn simple. You just need to understand two concepts. One because of the convergence (standard scifi alignment of something or other) all the realms are kind of blending into each other. Which means that in certain areas because of science reasons you can jump from […]
This’ll be a quick summary because the plot was pretty damn simple. You just need to understand two concepts. One because of the convergence (standard scifi alignment of something or other) all the realms are kind of blending into each other. Which means that in certain areas because of science reasons you can jump from one realm to another. Two the Aether is to Thor the dark world what the tesserac is to the Avengers. It’s a whatever energy source to do whatever the plot demands it too. It also takes over a host and slowly drains them of their life force.
Alright here we go. So after the events of the Avengers Loki is under arrest, so at the start of this movie Loki is being sentenced by Odin. He gets thrown in prison. On Earth Jane does a science mistake and gets hijacked by the aether. When that happens the Dark Elves notice and come out of evil hibernation. Oh yeah the bad guys are Dark elves. They used to control the aether and we’re fixing to use it to return the universe to darkness because of aether reasons. Jane is now dying. Thor gets wind of this and brings her to Asgard. The dark elves invade Asgrard and havoc ensues. (If you’re wondering how the Dark Elves who have been dormant for thousands of years still can keep up with the Asgardians technologically then shut up and take your logic to another movie! Then again the Asgardians are still using flying canoes, correction awesome flying canoes, to battle so maybe they’ve been technologically dormant for the last several thousand years as well.)
The end result of which is that Thor’s mother is murdered, but Asgard holds onto Jane. So Odin, out for blood, is planning to gather his forces and destroy the dark elves when they strike again. Thor has a different plan. He wants to take Jane, elf target, and move her to another world so that Asgard won’t be attacked again and then when the elves draw the aether out of Jane Thor plans to pound the aether with his hammer lightning because he believes that when the aether is pulled out it’ll be vulnerable because of Thor reasons. Odin realizes the problems with Thor’s plan and says no because of basic logic. Thor decides that if people won’t agree with you then you just have to make them agree with you by doing what you want anyway. So he gets all of his friends to commit treason in order to get himself Jane, and Loki out of Asgard. They succeed and Loki takes them to the elf world. The bad guys show up to grab the thing they want. (If you’re wondering why Odin didn’t send his army to Thor or why Thor couldn’t have set up his own army off world then you haven’t realized that it’s because the Elf home world is one of the places Hiemdall can’t see.
The problem of course is that it’s like the only place which means if Hiemdall looks and can’t find them then you’ve effectively located them anyway. So ultimately Odin could very easily go to Thor and Loki and help them but then we wouldn’t have much of a movie.) Some Loki trickery goes off and Thor’s plan fails. I know we’re all shocked but don’t worry it’ll work out in the end. You see from this point on the bad guys evil plan is incredibly simple. In order to destroy the universe the bad guy has to stand at a specific location during a specific seven minute window. So Thor, Jane, and the rest of her science team decide to meet the bad guys with zero reinforcements even though this situation literally effects everybody. (Suck it Shield Thor trusts two scientists and two interns over your entire organization) There are maybe 20 dark elves and only one that matters. Shield or Asgard could help but they’d rather let Thor and four other scientists handle this business. The scientist rig up a science device that let’s them create invisible portals that span all 9 realms. It sounds weird but it leads to a genuinely great action sequence.
Thor of course handles the situation by jumping toward the enemy and hitting him with his hammer. He doesn’t actually kill the guy but he knocks him out of the specific position which dooms his plan. Then a spaceship lands on him so that does it. Thor wins and tells Odin that he’d rather live on Earth with his human girl. Odin let’s him go but then in a totally unexpected twist, seriously no one saw it coming it was a real shocker, I mean we were all thinking one thing then they went in a completely opposite direction, it was like the creators looked into our minds and erased the part of our brains that can make super obvious connections, Loki reveals that using Loki reasons he not only faked his death but somehow captured Odin (and probably Hiemdall otherwise he’d have seen through this) and is ruling over Asgard. In the two after credit scenes (fuck you very much Marvel) we see Asgard leave the aether with a man called the collector (because guys who collect things are always trustworthy in science fiction and fantasy stories) and that a horrible monster from a different realm is now on Earth. And that was Thor 2.
So my thoughts are kind of similar to the ones I had for Iron Man 3. This movie, while entertaining, separated Thor from the marvel cinema universe. All the Marvel phase 1 movies were trying to connect to each other so they could build toward the Avengers. All the phase 2 movies have since worked to disconnect from each other. It wasn’t exactly hard to do before. The connector was Shield. Shield put all the movies together, and the problem is that their sudden absence doesn’t really make any sense. Ultimately the movies are suffering from trying to make their heroes handle all the problems on their own. Which while slightly more heroic sort of muddies the message these movies should be carrying. It shouldn’t be a Army of one message. It should be a message of working together. Nothing we do can be done alone, and while these figures are larger than life they are not all powerful. I mean this isn’t DC comics. Marvel has always been about humanizing heroes. In the end there were a good amount of logical problems but the movie is fun and cool and makes you overlook them with their colors and light-hearted attitude. I know I shouldn’t be distracted by pretty colors but it’s nice to see a movie that’s not all grim and moody. I mean for god sakes the Asgardian battle ship was a laser firing space canoes, it was glorious. That’s amazing to see on screen. Hollywood needs to stop trying to make things be cool and realize that things that try to be cool never are. It’s got to come naturally. I would compare this movie to the Fonz. Because no matter how often that juke box messes up one good punch always fixes it.