In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are few heroes that are as strong, mighty, and hilarious as Thor, God of Thunder and the one-time King of Asgard. The centuries-old warrior who has vanquished foes of all shapes and sizes over half-a-dozen movies, will once again take the silver screen July 8th with THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER.
But before we set off with The Mighty Thor once more, let’s take a trip down that memory bifrost lane and look back on some of the character’s greatest moments in the MCU so far. For those lucky enough, Marvel Studios has announced a special Marvel Studios G.O.A.T. Marathon starting on Thursday, July 7th at the following AMC locations: AMC Disney Springs 24, AMC Empire 25 and AMC Topanga 12. The Greatest of All Thor movie marathon is just shy of 8 hours and will feature THOR, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, THOR: RAGNAROK and THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER.
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For those who cannot attend the marathon, you can revisit Thor’s greatest moments and other iconic scenes with AMC Theatres On Demand.
Thor Destroys The Bifrost Bridge
When we first meet Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder in THOR, the prince of Asgard is stripped of his powers and sent to Midgard, aka Earth, after disobeying his father’s orders and bringing an end to a longstanding peace treaty between the Asgardians and Frost Giants. While this is going on, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, takes the throne for himself and puts in place a plan to earn his adoptive father’s trust and respect. But in doing so, he stands the chance of further damaging relations between the Asgardians and Frost Giants.
Before Loki can use the Bifrost bridge to bring destruction to Jotunheim and the Frost Giants that live there, Thor proves his worth, reclaims his power, and makes the ultimate decision to destroy the bridge to save an entire population. But in doing so, he gives up his chance to be with Jane ever again, or at least until an alternate form of travel is discovered…
Jane Tries To Save Thor
Considering the fact that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is about to succeed the “God of Thunder” moniker in THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER, it is only fair that we put the spotlight on her here, too. What better moment to include than a courageous act of heroism — and love — as seen in 2013’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD?
In Greenwich, Jane finds Thor incapacitated and unconscious after a dizzying battle through multiple portals and worlds against Malekith — played by Christopher Eccleston — just as the the Dark Elf leader’s ship is about to fall right where he lays. Jane rushes over to get him out of harm’s way but can only pull him so far before giving up and choosing to stop and wait for the ship to fall as she holds him in a tender embrace. Luckily, a portal was open right above them that takes the ship to another world where Malekith was left, ensuring his defeat.
Thor Finds Hulk
There are few movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that are as fun from top to bottom as THOR: RAGNAROK, and a lot of that has to do with the way Thor’s character has gone through a major shift since we saw him last. Not so much the brooding and stoic hero of his earlier movies, the God of Thunder is on a whole other level in his third solo affair, which kind of feels like the beginning of its own trilogy with AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and AVENGERS: ENDGAME following within a year-and-a-half. But I digress…
One of the best moments from the movie, which is filled with one incredible scene after the next, comes when Thor is forced to fight in the Grand Master’s arena against the champion. There’s this incredible sequence where Jeff Goldblum’s eccentric character builds up this ferocious gladiator that ends with Thor, who should be terrified, jumping with joy because he has found Hulk, his long lost friend from work. What makes it even better is how Loki, thinking back to the ending of THE AVENGERS, slowly tries to escape before being cut off and forced to stay a little while longer.
Thor Channels His Power
Because THOR: RAGNAROK is just too awesome, we had to include more than one great scene from director Taika Waititi’s epic and hilarious adventure. In fact, one of the character’s most proud and important moments throughout the entire MCU occurs during the final action sequence from the 2017 hit.
As he fears he may be unable to save Asgard from his half-sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett) without his trusty hammer, Thor sees a vision of his recently deceased father, Odin (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who reminds his son that he is not the “God of Hammers” and that Mjolnir was never the source of his power to begin with. That is just the encouragement he needs to channel his thunderous powers, fly into the air with a trail of lightning behind him and descend onto Hela’s vicious army, whom he lays waste to as Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” plays over the soundtrack.
Thor Vs. Iron Man Vs. Captain America
The “Big Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor — would work side-by-side throughout the journeys together, including the final battle with Thanos in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, but the relationship didn’t start out on the best of terms. However, their first official meeting did lead to one of the most exciting scenes in comic book movie history up to that point.
In 2012’s THE AVENGERS, Loki returns to Earth to take the Tesseract, but doing so isn’t as easy as he thinks, and his brother, Thor, is there to whisk him back home to Asgard to pay for his crimes. The only problem is Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., is also after the God of Mischief, creating one iconic showdown. The future allies throw each other through trees, up mountains, and into the ground before Chris Evans’ Captain America shows up to stop things, which he does after Thor swings Mjölnir, hits Cap’s shield, and brings everyone and everything down with it.
Thor’s Wakanda Arrival
Thor goes through quite a bit in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR including the decimation of half of the Asgardians, the death of his brother, the death of his best friend, being left for dead and to float through space, and resurrecting a star to forge a new weapon. But it all leads to perhaps one of the most electrifying entrances in the MCU and perhaps of any comic book movie franchise. Of course, I’m talking about Thor’s arrival during the Battle of Wakanda surrounded with lightning as he, Rocket, and Groot arrive on the scene and immediately even the odds. The swell of Alan Silvestri’s score, the expressions on the faces of Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Natasha Romanoff, and the destruction of hundreds, if not thousands of Outriders in an instant create one of the most iconic moments in the franchise so far, and it still gives me goosebumps all these years later. The moment is so great, it almost makes you forget what comes next for Thor, who should have aimed for the head…
Thor’s Reclaims Mjölnir
After failing to stop Thanos from willing away half of the galaxy in a single snap and then chopping off the Mad Titan’s head not long after finding out the Infinity Stones are no more, Thor has a bad few years. Depressed, out of shape, and having no purpose in life, Thor feels he is unworthy…
But that all changes during AVENGERS: ENDGAME’s “Time Heist” where the heroes go back in time to reclaim the Infinity Stones and reverse the snap from happening in the first place. In one of the movie’s most tender sections, Thor is able to speak with his mom Frigga, played again by Rene Russo, and turn the tide, so to speak. After this conversation and before leaving, Thor reaches his hand in that oh-so-familiar fashion and calls for Mjölnir, which has yet to be destroyed by Hela in this timeline. This, finally, helps Thor discover he is worthy.
The God of Thunder will surely add more moments to this list when THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER is released July 8th when we find Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement will be interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat this threat, Thor will enlist the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they will embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.
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