I shouldn't have this much to say about Thor
. At least this isn't about Thor
After the debacle that was shoe-horning in Black Widow into iron Man 2
and all the Avengers stuff that Jon Favreau clearly
wanted nothing to do with, I was, despite my abiding love of Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson (who I think is way more interesting than Samuel L. Jackson as Fury), quite done
with the crossover stuff to a degree. I knew that there would be some Avengers stuff in Thor
, especially a much talked-about cameo by ( spoiler! )
. The aspect of a cameo, in particular, annoyed me because it would either be a throwaway scene that stopped the momentum entirely or would be a literally nothing scene where you couldn't tell who or what you were supposed to be excited about.
As it turned out, the cameo was more the latter than the former, but it worked for me. It was just
significant enough that you went, "Wow, we seem to be more involved with this one guy than we have any of the other faceless SHIELD agents," and no more involved than that. If you didn't know who it was, you didn't really notice. This is in direct contrast to the very heavy
presence of SHIELD in the movie. Some people felt that it was still being studio-mandated or whatever into being. I think that setting up Agent Coulson as a means to throw Thor and his human companions in together a little more firmly really helped instead of hurt the film.
A.O. Scott's review was extremely negative despite the fact that he, for the most part, conceded that the movie was good. It's funny because he was especially
upset that the movie was good and
it exists, in part, to be a prologue to the Avengers movie. There's a point to be made there, that this movie, however good or bad it may be, is part of a money-making scheme that obligates you to return for more later to get the entire payoff. I understand that, but that's more a criticism that should be lobbed at a not-great movie that boosts its popularity by demanding that you see it in order to understand what comes later (Iron Man 2
) versus one that is good and has some elements that will set up a later movie (but doesn't require
that you see it for something else). Look, Marvel made its bones on its crossovers, but people liked
those crossovers. Yes, it's a crass commercial calculation, but if it also pleases the audience, it isn't just
All this is a long way of saying that my antipathy towards the advertising for The Avengers
has been mostly dissipated. In fact, I think I threw myself firmly in the opposite camp and now I want alllllll the franchises to go into a blender. I think I, in all seriousness, endorsed an Ocean's Eleven
/The Fast and the Furious
crossover. I would love
to see Vin Diesel and George Clooney plot a heist together. For real.