No one asked me, but I think Thor: The Dark World was the best of the four superhero movies that came out last year (i.e., out of Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Man of Steel, and Thor: The Dark World). I enjoyed all the movies, I’m a big fan of the genre, but I really felt that the Thor had all the elements of the genre I love: action, adventure, wit, charm and ties to a larger universe. But, and I think this is important, it was the kind of story I wanted to see with these characters. I wanted to see Darcy be funny, I wanted Jane and Thor to spend time together, I wanted to see Loki being evil and clever and conflicted.
When I bought the film on blu-ray last night, the girl that rang me up told me that ‘Thor was the best’. Can’t argue with that. She also told me that she’s looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy. I am to. Why? Because I like action comedies and I think the superhero genre is perfect for that. Part of the reason the genre languished for so long was because directors, scriptwriters, and studio executives were unwilling or unable to properly balance the charming and the adventure aspects of superheros.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Man of Steel, while not devoid of charm, it was lacking in it. And it was a worse movie for it. Had Goyer and Snyder taken a step back and asked themselves why people have been reading and buying Superman stories for over 75 years, I think they would have made a better film. It isn’t that Man of Steel is bad, there is actually a great deal I like about it. It is that Man of Steel wasn’t the kind of story I wanted to see with those characters.
Part of my issue with Man of Steel is that I don’t like origin stories. I especially hate movies dedicated to telling them. As you might imagine, I’ve been living in a hell for the past several decades. But now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is maturing, I’m hoping to get more movies like Thor: The Dark World. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming in a month and I’m really looking forward to it. Unlike Thor, I’m a big fan of Captain America’s comics. I read them as kid and loved them. He’s my favorite Marvel Superhero.