Thor (liveblog) [x]
One of the things that I think gets overlooked a lot in fandom is that this is actually a really big deal, what happened here. I have seen so many dismissals of how Thor got a “vacation” on Earth, from so many corners of fandom (and I’m not pointing fingers in any one direction here, honest! it’s something I’ve seen almost everywhere), like it was a walk in the park.
But thinking about it… not only has Thor been stripped of his home and his title and his family, but he’s been stripped of his self. He went from a being with a 5,000 year life expectancy (and I would guess MCU Thor is probably about 1,200 or 1,300 years old, about two centuries older than Loki) to maybe 70 years more on Earth. That’s like getting told you only have a year left to live! He had no way of knowing that Odin would put a test on Midgard for him to win his way back, which was in no way guaranteed, because we clearly saw that Thor could not lift Mjolnir when he first reached it.
He has been made frail and mortal, he was no longer a god, the strength and powers he was born with were taken from him, he was dropped into a world where he knew no one and had no supplies and no emotional support. His ENTIRE BEING was fundamentally changed in a way that I think a lot of people forget happened because Thor just DEALS WITH IT, because Thor doesn’t crumble under it. Even when he has no idea what to do for the first time in his life, he’s still holding it together really quite well!
I think a lot of people forget that it happened because it doesn’t make Thor fracture and crack, but that instead he uses the time to make himself even stronger on an emotional level, because Thor uses it to make new friends and see the world a different way and understand the people he’s protecting better. It gets forgotten because Thor is not like Loki, he doesn’t fall apart when shit happens, because Thor is actually pretty goddamned emotionally steady. It gets forgotten because Thor realizes he fucked up and works to correct the problem, rather than going off on a spiral of self-destructive behavior and instead gets his shit together.
Which isn’t to say that I think either is more or less interesting as a character story arc! I enjoy both of them! Just that I think sometimes people forget that Thor actually goes through a lot of shit and a lot of loss but he DEALS WITH IT in largely really competent ways, which isn’t nearly as fic-worthy to play with as Loki is, when he’s a goddamned mess.
But, as a story to watch on the screen and to have as the character of my heart, Thor being good at getting his shit together and growing ever wiser and figuring shit out? OH MAN I AM HERE FOR IT. THAT IS THOR AND THAT IS WHY I LOVE HIM.