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Why Thor Is The Only MCU Character That Deserves 4 Movies (So Far)

While there are several iconic characters across the MCU, Thor has a unique quality that makes him worthy of starring in a fourth solo movie.

While Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is far from the only significant MCU character to command his own franchise, there’s a reason why, with the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, he will become the only character thus far to warrant four dedicated solo movies. Ever since his debut over a decade ago, the Asgardian God of Thunder has proved incredibly popular with audiences around the world. However, unlike many other celebrated legacy characters, such as Captain America and Iron Man, Thor has a unique quality that makes him the most suitable figure to explore over an extended series.

Ahead of the release of the first Avengers movie in 2012, Thor made his big-screen bow in Kenneth Branagh’s eponymous 2011 fantasy hit. After receiving praise for the character’s blend of other-worldly stoicism and humor, Thor returned for a sequel in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. Although less acclaimed than the previous entry, the film’s success did not prevent the character from reappearing in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. This was followed by Taika Waititi’s wildly successful reinvention of the character in Thor: Ragnarok, believed by many fans to be among the best movies in the entire MCU. After two further appearances in the final films of the so-called Infinity SagaThor: Love and Thunder promises to reveal yet another side to one of Marvel’s most enduring and iconic creations.


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With so many interesting characters in the MCU, many of which are entirely new, it’s worth asking why Chris Hemsworth’s Thor continues to be such an enduring figure. Most of Phase 1’s other main characters have taken a backseat or moved on entirely, but Thor seems to be going strong still. Here’s why Thor is uniquely suited to keep carrying his own franchise with a fourth solo movie.

Thor’s Transformations Make Him Interesting

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While Thor shares attributes with several great MCU heroes, there is one thing about his character that makes him uniquely suitable for constant reevaluation. Unlike more immutable figures like Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, who retain essential characteristics such as arrogance, duty and honor throughout, Thor is shown in a constant state of flux. Moreso than any other figure in the MCU, his personality and behavior shift from film to film, giving him the most complex and interesting character arc in the entire series. It is because he has such a dramatic potential for growth and development that he is singularly suited to having four solo films.

Thor’s natural propensity for growth is arguably best demonstrated by Thor: Ragnarok. After several previous appearances which played up Thor’s mystical, self-serious side, Waititi’s film focused on the comedic aspects of Thor to great effect. While these characteristics had always been there – for instance, during his attempts to blend into a small New Mexican community during the first Thor movie – Ragnarok revealed an entire well of untapped and hilarious potential. This provided a fresh and innovative take on Thor that still felt true to what had gone before. Such a dramatic reinvention would not have been possible were it not for Thor’s own special and adaptable qualities.

Similarly, just as Thor: Ragnarok showcased the character’s as well as Hemsworth’s comedic chops, both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame gave him a genuine sense of tragedy. His rage at the destruction of his people and the murder of his brother, as well as the trauma he felt as a result of his failure to stop Thanos were evident both from Hemsworth’s performance and Thor’s physical transformation. While elements of the role remained humorous, there was also a heartbreaking realism to Thor which showcased still further growth. No other character in the MCU to date could go through such a transformation while having such an emotional impact on the audience.

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Chris Hemsworth Has Made Thor Worth Following

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Chris Hemsworth’s incredible performance as Thor has truly been one of the key factors in making the character so easy to root for throughout his MCU appearances. Of course, all of the MCU’s main actors are able and have had to juggle Marvel’s signature blend of seriousness and comedy, but Hemsworth has been dealt the wildest cards thanks to Thor’s uncertain trajectory and has handled the hand masterfully. Regardless of what tone each Avengers and/or Thor movie takes, Chris Hemsworth has been able to match it, whether the role calls for drama, humor, or something in between. Likewise, his physicality is a big part of what makes Thor both hilarious and commanding, and his clear rapport with Waititi has been critical to achieving the successful tone shift of Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder.

What Kind Of Thor To Expect In Love And Thunder

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In what has become a classic move for the God of Thunder, Thor: Love and Thunder promises to transform Thor yet again. His fourth solo outing will see Thor on a journey of peace, love, joy, and self-discovery, aided along the way by the outrageous Guardians of the Galaxy. Also, Thor is finally getting goats. All told, the version of Thor presented in Love and Thunder will likely be akin to What If…?‘s Party Thor, but hopefully with a good bit more depth, as he’s coming out of a period of rocky mental health into a new and more carefree mentality. This should be a Thor that builds on his previous iterations and experiences, but also brings a fresh take to the table. It’s also worth noting that Thor: Love and Thunder will literally feature a new Thor, in the form of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster, a.k.a. Mighty Thor.

Given the wealth of memorable characters realized across the first three Phases of the MCU, it’s tempting to frame Thor’s status as the first character to receive four solo films as pure coincidence. However, though there are other characters who could undoubtedly feature in interesting quadrilogies, none are as changeable, multi-faceted, and unpredictable as Thor. Because he is capable of being interpreted in so many different ways, he is arguably the only current Marvel character that warrants a fourth movie. Ahead of the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, audiences can be confident of one thing – that they’ll be seeing something new all over again.

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  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
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  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

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