I was going to tag spiral about this, but I quickly realized that I was going to go well over the limit of what tumblr would allow, so instead, okay, here, have some word vomit.
I have a lot of intense feelings about Chris Hemsworth as Thor and how entirely overlooked he too often is. It’s not that the other actors don’t deserve the kudos they get and god knows I plaster Tom’s perfect fucking face all over nearly every blog I have. But my appreciation for Chris’ acting is a different sort of thing, if no less intense for it. Because—and not to take anything away from the brilliant performances, because they are brilliant performances—it’s sort of easy to stand out when you have a lot of hilarious lines to work with or these big dramatic scenes. But Thor’s not necessarily that kind of character. Thor is almost understated, for all that he’s one of those larger than life sort of characters, because he’s not prone to screaming or flying off the handle or quipping at his enemies.
So there’s not a lot of chances for you to point to a specific scene and say, oh, that’s why Thor’s my favorite. Not that there aren’t some—you know when I really lose it and start to tear up in the Thor movie? As much as Loki’s utterly blank face when he’s hanging off the Bifrost builds it up, it’s not until you see it dawn on Thor’s face, it’s not until Chris Hemsworth is yelling, “Loki, no—!” when Thor realizes that Loki’s about to let go that I really break out the waterworks. It’s the devastation and horror on Chris’ face in that moment that really cuts into me.
Thor is a character of deep feelings and deep motivations, both happy and sad. He loves and laughs with as much passion as he mourns and is furious. But he expresses it in a way that I think a lot of people overlook and it’s not just Chris’ acting that gets overlooked, but FAR TOO OFTEN fandom overlooks Thor’s character as well. Too often he’s just used as a cardboard prop, he has no presence or affect on a scene, and it leaves me feeling restless and empty, because that’s not Thor at all. And that’s even setting aside the “dumb jock” stereotype that’s just… completely inaccurate.
Seriously, though, he was dropped into an entirely new society, one he had Z E R O knowledge of, and he adapted incredibly well in THREE DAYS. He didn’t have a meltdown of self-identity, despite that everything he’d known for his incredibly long life had been ripped away from him, even Mjolnir would no longer answer his call, and he still managed to pull himself together. He had help, he had friends to lean on in that time, but it’s still something you have to do yourself—adapt to the new life you find yourself in. He has no way of knowing what computers are or what cameras are or how food is served or what kind of pets are available. But he adjusts quickly, we see him riding in Jane’s van later and he understands what it is. He knows how to find his way around New York to go chasing after Loki.
No, he probably doesn’t know how to work a computer but a) he’s not had reason to ever try before, b) he could probably figure it out relatively quickly, and c) frankly, I don’t think Thor really gives a shit about mortal technology. It doesn’t really vex him, he gets the basic idea of it (we see Coulson showing him stuff on the computer even and Thor clearly understands what he’s seeing), he understands why mortals use it and probably thinks it’s clever for them, he just doesn’t really have a personal use for it, I don’t think.
Anyway, I’m getting off track. The point is, there’s so much to Thor’s character in the little touches that Chris puts into the role, like with this moment where you can see how disillusioned he is about his brother, how badly he wanted to believe that things could be fixed, but his hopes have been dashed. Or the scene in the field where he hesitates before picking Mjolnir back up, where you see everything written on his face: What Loki just did/tried to do, what it means when he has to pick Mjolnir up again, knowing that it’s truly come to having to use Mjolnir against Loki. Not just to pin him down this time, but to truly fight against him, to use his beloved weapon against his beloved brother. You see that all on Chris’ face. That this character has to be willing to do that now.
Chris isn’t Thor to me just because of how he looks or how fucking huge that dude is. It’s because he understands these things about the character and brings them out in his acting. He understands the difficult sides of Thor and the side that makes friends wherever he goes, because Thor’s that guy you can count on, he’s that guy who’s always direct and genuine with you, who will always let you know where you stand with him, and who will do the right thing.
He’s Thor to me because he carries his scenes and is an actor that a film can be based around. He’s Thor to me because I did not give a shit about the character beforehand (I’ve tried a fair amount of times to read Thor comics before, but nothing ever really stuck) but he made the character interesting to me. He made me understand this character and what he goes through and what his motivations are.
That’s why Chris Hemsworth’s performances are always some of the best in the MCU for me and why I will always go on (at length, obv.) about how great they are for me.
And then if you ever wanted to know how I felt about Chris’ performance as Thor, well, there you go, too.
but can y’all help me out on this, cause I feel slow as hell.
when Loki said “I didn’t do it for him” and paused at Thor for a sec, did he mean he did it for Thor or for Frigga? or both, actually?
I mean, it can be taken both ways because Loki did"die" for Thor’s life. It seemed as if throughout the movie, he was trying to get Thor back after Thor told him there’s no hope for him anymore. For the first time, he realized he lost Thor, so he was trying to get him back. You know, teasing him, joking with him, … things they used to do before. And in the end, he looked really angry seeing Thor getting beat up. He stabbed Malekith, even though Thor told him not to try to fight him (hence the "You didn’t listen" part) and he died for Thor… Right?
orrr, he did this all for their mother. Loki did say “Trust my rage.” His rage to what they did to their mother, and part of it is his fault. He told Kurse where she was. He pretty much- in a way- killed her. And when Thor was fighting kurse, he was beating the hell out of those dark elves. And he wasn’t using magic! For the first time, he wanted to get his hands dirty. He wanted to feel their necks break as he twisted their heads… literally. He did this all for Frigga.
So what do you guys think? Which one do you think Loki did this for?
BUT HE DOESN’T DIE! Which means this paragraph is utterly useless!!!
It doesn’t matter.
He doesn’t have to die for this paragraph to be “useful”.
Loki still got *hurt* for Thor; he still stopped Kurse from beating him even though Thor told him not to. He didn’t have to do that, he could’ve just left *Thor* to die because A, that was part of their deal and B, he’s not strong enough.
And he KNEW that he wasn’t strong enough. When he stabbed Kurse from the back, that look of terror on his face is an indication that he knew he had it coming. But he still preferred that than to watch Thor get hurt or die and if that’s not sacrifice, then idk what is.
me finding out Tom is bi
Wait woah woah woah what!?
I mean I kinda guessed it but
Where’s the source!?
*reblogs for later reference*
when lil kids scream it makes me wanna stare em in the eye & scream 10 times louder to show them who’s boss
I’m that part of the fandom that can’t gif, make edits, write fanfiction or draw I’m just kind of here like
Which makes you the commenter, the fic-reccer, the source-finder, the link-poster, the headcanon buddy, the forum-poster, the kink-prompter, the conversation starter, the number one fan, the miscellaneous details and subconscious fact-checker.
aka: you’re the person all those other skill-sets are producing for.
I like you.
so i heard Supernatural has a gif for everything!!!
what about… M&M’s??
I’m gonna let his smirk at the end speak for our fandom.
if you are telling me that it doesnt look like they are having sex then you are absolutely wrong
A lot of scenes from Thor 2 looks like they’re having sex
Ty Alan Taylor
Send me an Avengers ship and I’ll tell you if it’s:
2) I’m not sure…
4) kinda like it
5) starting to ship it :p
7) really like it!!!!
8) LOVE it!
9) I ship it!
And an explanation!