The Avengers Primer: Thor

With The Avengers coming out this Friday, I thought I would give you a recap of the movies that led up to it.  Since I’m a nice guy and all.  Well that, and me and the wife are watching all of the movies before going to see The Avengers.  Now, these aren’t going to be full summaries and reviews, bur rather, passing along the main information that the movie presents.  We have already covered Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2.  Now, it is time to look at Thor.  Captain America will be appearing shortly.  Also, I will have my review for The Avengers will be up some time Friday night or Saturday morning.

Long ago, Odin and his army beat the Frost Giants, capturing the source of their power (casket).  During Thor’s coronation, a couple Frost Giants get in and try to steal back their power source.  They’re destroyed by the Destroyer.  Odin tells Thor to take no action regarding the Frost Giants.  Thor takes Loki, Sif, and the Warriors Three to Jotunheim to get revenge.  A battle ensues, during which Loki doesn’t get harmed when touched by a Frost Giant like Volstagg did.  Odin has to come rescue them.  Odin banishes Thor for his actions.  On Earth, Thor is found by Jane Foster, Darcy Lewis, and Erik Selvig.  They take him to a hospital after Darcy knocks him out with a taser.  Jane finds the shape of a man in what they believe to be an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, and drive back to the hospital, to find that Thor has escaped.  Luckily, they run into him again, literally, and take him back with them.  Agent Coulson finds where Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir has fallen to Earth.  Loki is arguing with Odin about hiding his true nature when Odin falls into the Odinsleep.  Loki assumes the throne.  Thor learns of the crater site, and seeks to reach it.  Jane finds that Agent Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. are confiscating her research.  Jane agrees to take him to it.    Thor breaks into the S.H.I.E.L.D. compound.  Agent Coulson has Clint Barton, Hawkeye, watch Thor from above.  Thor reaches Mjolnir, but is unable to lift it.  Coulson takes him into custody.  He tries to figure out who Thor is.  During a break, Loki visits Thor to tell him that Odin is dead.

Erik arrives and tells Coulson that Thor is Donald Blake, and he was just drunk.  They are free to leave, get some drinks, and Thor takes Erik home.  Thor explains the 9 realms to Jane.  Loki travels to Jotunheim, and agrees to let King Laufey into Asgard.  Thor begins to show a more humble side of himself.  Heimdall allows Sif and the Warriors Three to travel to Earth to see Thor.  S.H.I.E.L.D. picks up their energy reading, and goes to check it out.  Loki sends the Destroyer after Thor.  The Warriors walk through town and find Thor.  They tell him the truth about what has been going on.  Loki uses the casket to freeze Heimdall.  the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents find the Destroyer, and it attacks them.  It makes it way into the city and starts attacking.  Thor ends up sacrificing himself to stop the Destroyer’s attack.  This act of selflessness is enough to return Mjolnir and his power back to Thor.  Thor is then able to defeat the Destroyer.  Thor promises to help Agent Coulson to protect Earth, if he returns Jane’s stuff to her.  Loki allows Laufey and some Frost Giants into Asgard.  Heimdall is able to break free of the ice and summon Thor and the Warriors back.  Loki betrays Laufey and kills him.  Thor confronts Loki, and they fight.  Thor is able to stop Loki from destroying Jotunheim by destroying the Bifrost.  Odin awakes to save Thor, but Loki willingly lets go to drop into the void.  Everyone in Asgard is celebrating, but Thor is sad that he is cut off from Jane.  On Earth, Jane is searching for Thor.  Nick Fury thinks he called Dr. Selvig to take a look at the cosmic cube, but it seems that Loki is controlling Dr. Selvig.

Stuff specifically related to The Avengers:

  • S.H.I.E.L.D had been monitoring Jane Foster’s research.
  • Clint Barton is Hawkeye, and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Thor has promised to help S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Loki knows that Thor’s time on Earth changed him.
  • Thor is currently cut off from Earth, but there’s hope to find a way back.
  • Loki has spent some time in the void, but has come back from the void, and has taken an interest in the cosmic cube on Earth.
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