10 Quotes That Perfectly Sum Up Thor's Arc In The MCU

Since the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor has had one of the most poignant character arcs of all the Avengers. Beginning in 2011 with his original solo film, Chris Hemsworth has appeared in a total of eight projects set within the franchise, spanning over a decade.

In the wake of Thor: Love and Thunder, which will finally release on Disney+ in September, fans can now look back on the god of thunder's incredible character development so far, which is particularly well-put in the form of several quotes spoken throughout the franchise.

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10 "You're Unworthy!"

Odin, Thor

Odin on Asgard in Thor

"You are unworthy of these realms, you're unworthy of your title, you're unworthy... of the loved ones you have betrayed!"

In the beginning of the first Thorfilm, the eponymous superhero has a falling out with his father after disobeying his order not to retaliate upon the Frost Giants. This culminates in Odin declaring Thor unworthy of his place on Asgard and casting him to earth.

Thor's journey in the MCU truly began with his father's sobering words. Had Odin not properly disciplined his son in this moment, he would have never grown to be the hero he has since become. In truth, Odin casting Thor out from Asgard proved to beone of the best decisions in the entire MCU.

9 "I Have No Idea What I'm Supposed To Do."

Thor, Thor

Thor poses in his full armor

After spending some time among humanity, Thor remarks to Erik Selvig that, for the first time in his very long life, he has no direction. Where he was once destined to be king of Asgard, his path no longer seems as clear.

After over 1,000 years on Asgard, Thor felt an ambiguity in his future for the very first time. While this proved frightening for god of thunder, it also came with a hint of possibility wherein he would be able to forge his own path apart from his predestined kingship. It is this realization that leads Thor to reject the position of king and become an Avenger.

8 "One Son Wanted The Throne... The Other Will Not Take It."

Odin, Thor: The Dark World

Loki and Thor fight side by side in The Dark World.

One son who wanted the throne too much, and other who will not take it. Is this my legacy?

After faking his death at the hands of Kurse, Loki poses as his father and remarks upon the dynamic between Odin's two sons. He comments that, while the god of mischief had desperately sought the throne, Thor refused it when it was offered to him.

Much of Thor's story revolves around the ceaseless struggle for the throne of Asgard. Though Loki wanted the throne, it was not his to have. Meanwhile, Odin desperately sought for Thor to succeed him, but his eldest son did not wish for such a title. While Thor would briefly accept the throne after his father's death, it was never his destiny, nor Loki's, to rule Asgard.

7 "If You Believe In Peace, Then Let Us Keep It."

Thor, Avengers: Age Of Ultron

During Ultron's first confrontation with the Avengers in Age of Ultron, the Artificial Intelligence claims to seek peace on earth. The god of thunder challenges Ultron's motives, claiming that they are already maintaining the peace he seeks.

Audiences met a boisterous and vengeful warrior Thor in his initial appearance, but the Norse god grew in his benevolence as the years passed. Whereas a challenge of this nature might have moved a younger Thor to battle, the more seasoned hero sought peace first, though it would not be achieved at this time.

6 "Destiny Has Dire Plans For You, My Friend."

Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok

Thor and Doctor Strange, in Thor: Ragnarok.

After meeting Thor for the first time in Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Stephen Strange remarks forlornly that destiny seems to have unsavory plans for the god of thunder and his companions on Asgard. Though Thor shrugs this off, Strange's words would prove very true.

Just as Thor seemed to be figuring himself out, Doctor Strange's words would come true. Thor suffered many tragedies in the days following his meeting with the Sorcerer Supreme, which would kick off the next phase of his character development. From this point onward, Thor's arc in the MCU would be catergorized by pain and loss.

5 "Loki, I Thought The World Of You."

Thor, Thor: Ragnarok

Thor an Loki in an elevator.

Thor: Ragnarok is a perfect film for newcomers to the MCU, partially due to its encapsulation of Thor and Loki's rocky relationship during a brief scene between the two in a Sakaaran elevator. At the end of their conversation, Thor admits that he always thought highly of Loki.

Though Thor and Loki rarely saw eye-to-eye, if ever, this scene finally confirms the love that the elder still had for his brother. No longer bitter from Loki's betrayal years ago, Thor simply wishes to restore his relationship with his brother, though he has accepted that such an event may never come to be. Nevertheless, his words to Loki do have their effect, leading the two sons of Odin to team up one last time before Loki's untimely death at the hands of Thanos.

4 "You're Stronger."

Odin, Thor: Ragnarok

Odin standing under clouds in Thor: Ragnarok

After his death in Thor: Ragnarok Odin appears once more to his son in his greatest hour of need. When Thor declares that he isn't as strong as his father, Odin smiles and knowingly tells him he's right: he's stronger.

Thor spent much of his life comparing himself to his father. However, in the fight against Hela, he was forced to the realization that, for all his striving, he had grown to be even stronger than the Allfather. Deriving strength from himself for the first time, Thor managed to orchestrate the defeat of Hela, though it would cost Asgard it's home.

3 "Everyone Fails At Who They're Supposed To Be."

Frigga, Avengers: Endgame

Thor and Frigga talking in Avengers Endgame

"Everyone fails at who they're supposed to be, Thor. The measure of a person, of a hero, is how well they succeed at being who they are."

After suffering his greatest defeats back-to-back, Thor loses himself in his despair and guilt. It is only after travelling back in time and conversing with his mother that Thor learns a valuable lesson about what really makes a hero.

Frigga could not have chosen more poignant words to guide her son on his journey of self-discovery. The god of thunder had spent so much time chiding himself for failing to live up to what others expected of him that he never stopped to consider what he expected of himself. While the answer to this question would not be resolved by the end of the film, it would drive his journey in future projects.

2 "I'm Still Worthy!"

Thor, Avengers: Endgame

Thor avengers endgame Mjolnir thor ragnarok

After Thanos's victory in Infinity War, Thor allowed himself to slip into despair. However, after travelling back to 2014, he summons his hammer and is surprised to find that he, despite all odds, is still worthy. He would take the hammer with him as proof, helping him fight in the final battle against Thanos.

Years after Mjolnir's destruction at the hands of Hela, Thor once again proved his worth and his might. Once again holding his iconic weapon, Thor felt himself again for the first time in five years, allowing him to regain enough confidence to face Thanos one last time.

1 "If You Feel Lost, Look In The Eyes Of The People You Love."

Peter Quill, Thor: Love And Thunder

Thor holding Stormbreaker and smiling in Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder picks up with Thor galavanting across known and unknown worlds with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Before finally parting ways with the Avenger, Peter Quill leaves Thor with one last piece of advice: to focus on those he loves in order to find his place in life.

Still on a journey of self-discovery, Thor takes Quill's words to heart, taking it upon himself to find the love that had so long evaded his grasp. While he would find solace in the arms of Jane Foster for a time, it was truly the adoption of Love, daughter of the god butcher, that would finally complete Thor's latest storyline.

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2022-09-12T03:53:23.000Z

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