Avengers: Endgame showed many arcs to their fans during three-hour long runtime. The epic movie is clock full of 21 movies that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is quite sensible that some nods might have still remained but those included will always be remembered by fans.
Everything had changed after the Thanos’ Snap. In the beginning, the movie showed a five-year jump in the future. Thor is seen living a secluded life on Earth-based “New Asgard.” After he failed to stop Thanos from snapping his fingers which vanished half universe, he became depressed and gained weight.
Back In 2017, we saw Asgard was destroyed, and Thor decided to take the All-Father’s words to heart by protecting the Asgardian. Odin took his last breath, “Home” with telling Thor and Loki: “Norway is nice. Remember this place.” The events were a part of the movie, Thor: Ragnarok.
The story of Asgard and Thor was completely different in the Endgame. Thor realizes that the day he’s returned to Asgard in order to retrieve the reality stone is the same day that his mother dies.
Because of the emotional weight of the day, he tells Rocket that he can’t go through the mission. From the start of the movie until then, it was made clear that Thor blamed himself most for Thanos’s universal genocide, since he had beaten the Mad Titan but failed to kill him.
That failure drove him into depression, and when he’s reintroduced after a five-year leap, he’s shown to be dealing with his emotional pain by drinking heavily, eating badly, shutting himself off from the world, and pretending that he’s fine when he isn’t.
Was it Thor Vs. Thor?
During a recent talk with Happy Sad Confused podcast, co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo explained how they were thinking to mess things between two doppelgangers — Thor. Initially, their plan was to feature a fight between Thor and Thor – one in his classic pre-Snap bewigged state, the other in his post-Snap chunky Dude state.
“We did have a sequence where they finally confront each other in Asgard,” Joe said. His brother couldn’t remember why that bit got binned off but Joe was clear: “I think it got overly complicated and we liked Cap versus Cap better.”
Joe Pointed out that making things complex and messy if the story doesn’t include one’s fight scene with himself. Cap v Cap is very good indeed, to be fair.
“Once you start developing it, you can see how crowded it gets,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we had story space to create real conflict for the Avengers that were going back in time.”
In the end, Thor’s big face-off with his past came in the form of his mum.
“I think there we also deferred to the storyline of Thor and his mother, which was more resonant,” Anthony said. “That was more part of Thor’s journey and repair than confronting his former self.”
At the end of Endgame, it seems like the Asgardians are on Earth to stay — as Thor once again renounced his kingship, giving it to Valkyrie — to become what he’s always been at heart, a wandering adventurer.
The incredible character work by the directors that has gone behind making Thor the most interesting character going into Phase 4 of the MCU. Fans can’t control themselves to wait to see how James Gunn handles him in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.