Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011)
Directed By: Sam Liu
About a week after Chris Hemsworth graced us with his presence in the MCU, we got a movie about Thor’s younger days in Asgard. First of all, let me say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. Though I do feel like the title is misleading; there really isn’t multiple stories, in my opinion, it’s more of a “tale” not “tales”. But I digress.
Thor is an older teenager in this movie, training to fight with the legendary warriors Einherjar, who, in order to protect his reputation and Odin’s, purposefully loses their fights with him, building Thor’s cockiness higher and higher. After an argument with Sif, he tries to convince his father Odin to let him go outside of Asgard to try his might. Odin refuses and in response, Thor sneaks away with Loki.
Thor and Loki stowaway on The Warriors Three’s ship, where they hope to go on a mighty adventure. Instead, they find the three warriors have been stealing their stories from others, and Thor proceeds to lead The Warriors Three and Loki on a quest to find the Sword of Surtur. They find the sword, but in the process almost start a war between Jotunheim and Asgard.This experience allows Thor to see the true value of peace and it brings him back down to earth.
I rather liked getting to see a younger Thor because I think backstories are fun. It is nice to see why people (or superheroes) are like what they are. The quest for the Sword of Surtur was a great option for Liu to use as a coming of age quest because it represents great power, and as many say, once a person says they aren’t ready for so much power, you know they are ready. And that is precisely what Thor did, he handed the sword off, in this instance to the Frost Giants to avoid a war, but also because while he knew he could use it to destroy the giants, peace was the better option.
Now, Loki had a decent part in this movie, but I feel like his story was unfinished, like there’s more to it. Also, I wish that at the end of the movie we saw Thor pick up Mjolnir; I just think that would have been a more fitting ending than a kiss with Sif. But hey, Liu had his reasons right?
Overall, if you want to know more about Thor and his younger days as the god of thunder, but don’t want to read the comics, this is a good place to start.