After “The Avengers” earned massive praise and made a billion dollars worldwide. Marvel Studios commenced development of Phase 2 set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU for short beginning with “Iron Man 3” & “Thor: The Dark World” as the first two entries released in 2013. (same year Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods came out. The latter received mixed reviews from critics, fans and movie goers alike. Despite divisive reactions, the movie made enough revenue at the box office. Four Years Later, Taika Waititi officially directed The God of Thunder’s third solo movie, “Thor: Ragnarok.” A massive improvement of the first two movies giving Thor a comedic personality like Goku from “Dragon Ball Z,” teaming up with Hulk and battling his sister Hela played by Cate Blanchett.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” is officially out. Natalie Portman (my favorite movie actress) returns as Jane Foster. This time, she carries the hammer teaming up with Thor to fight Christian Bale’s character, Gorr the Butcher. A god killer and a bigger threat than Hela. As a fan of Ms. Portman and Marvel, I’m psyched to see this movie. Before I head out, I wanna share my thoughts on Thor’s underwhelming sequel, The Dark World. Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as “Loki” in a second season on Disney Plus.
It doesn’t matter if SPOILERS are listed.
Mighty & Weak Aspects
Mighty: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Jamie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo & Anthony Hopkins reprise their roles. They all did a great job for their respective performances.
Humor has a few funny moments. Thanks to “WandaVision,” my opinion on Kat Dennings’ character Darcy Lewis got me into liking as the comic relief. By the way, Kat is one of my celeb crushes besides Natalie.
Zachary Levi replaced Josh Dallas’ role as Fandral, due to the fact Josh was busy filming “Once Upon a Time” as Prince Charming. Zachary did a solid job for his performance. I’m glad he’s given an opportunity as “Shazam” set in the DC Extended Universe or DCEU for short. Another thing, Idris Elba is also in the DCEU as Bloodsport from James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” so he’s covered.
Action Sequences are pretty good. We finally get to see Thor in battle other than The Avengers.
Visual Effects are not too bad. They look legit.
Cinematography is much better. The first film features several Dutch Angles, because it gave me unpleasant “Battlefield Earth” flashbacks.
Loki’s unkempt hair reminded me of Tommy Wiseau. I would’ve laughed so hard if he said these words. “Oh, hi Thor.”
My favorite part is when Loki uses his shapeshifting power to turn into Captain America.
Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance.
Chris Evans reprises his role as Captain America. He’s actually not the real one, but as Loki impersonating him.
Loki impersonating Odin sets up Thor: Ragnarok
A Mid-Credits Scene sets up “Guardians of The Galaxy” with Benicio Del Toro making his MCU debut as The Collector. James Gunn actually directed the scene in order to build-up anticipation. It paid off really well. I’m so excited for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
A Post-Credits Scene is optional.
Weak: Alan Taylor (The Many Saints of Newark) didn’t do a good job taking over Kenneth Branagh’s job.
I never cared about Thor & Jane’s chemistry. Felt unnecessary to continue their so-called “relationship.” Timmy & Trixie’s complex relationship from “The Fairly OddParents made me care about them. Heck, I even cared for Darcy’s romance with her intern Ian.
Malekith is not an interesting villain. Just a plain forgettable bad guy whose goal is to wreak havoc. I have no beef towards Christopher Eccleston. He played one of the best versions of The Doctor in “Doctor Who.” It’s not entirely his fault for playing a boring character. I blame the writing and directing.
When Malekith meets a holographic Jane, he calls her a child. EGADS! She’s a grown woman for the love of cinema!
The Final Verdict: C, FOR CONFOUNDED!
Thor: The Dark World is a slight improvement of the The God of Thunder’s cinematic debut, but it’s not as good as Thor: Ragnarok. Thank goodness Taika Waititi made a Thor 100 times better. I cannot wait to see Thor: Love and Thunder. I’m open to see Natalie Portman’s return to the MCU as long as she doesn’t get back together with Thor. She’s better off with Sam Wilson/Falcon. In the comics, they’re a couple. If you’re up to date with the MCU, skip The Dark World.