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Subj: Re: Why is it just about every non-comic Thor story I can think of features Thor learning a lesson in "humility?"
Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 09:55:16 am EST (Viewed 4 times)
Reply Subj: Why is it just about every non-comic Thor story I can think of features Thor learning a lesson in "humility?"
Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 10:00:13 pm EST (Viewed 163 times)

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I know that is the big thing for Thor about why he was sent to Earth, but it feels like in just about every story to center around him where he is not putting in a guest appearence is about Thor learning humility.

Thor Film -- Thor being humbled. Makes sense due to this being Thor revealed to the public at large.

Avengers: EMH -- Thor and the rest of Asgard learning humility by being saved by the Avengers and paying homage to them.

Next Avengers: Thor being a deadbeat dad and his daughter being abandoned on Earth to learn humility.

Hulk vs -- Thor learning how to be a true hero from Banner.

Thor: Tales of Asgard -- Thor learning humility and to grow up.

Comics -- Many one-shots and side stories over the years.

I know in some of these instances are necessary, but in anything outside of comics it feels like we only get "awesome Thor" for one episode guest appearences. Everything else is him learning some lesson in humility.


For whatever reasons, there are very few original story plots written concerning Thor. JMS floating Asgard was taken from Jurgens as was Fractions invaders taken from Jurgen Dark Gods. One big problem is a lesson in humilty usually translates to Thor getting his ass kicked. Its funny how people talk of Thor's arrogance but Stan Lee wrote for the most part a fairly humble warrior who just wanted to serve and protect midgard. When I read Thor in the 70's and 80's he didn't come off particularly arrogant no matter who was writing. He wasn't that way in most of the Avengers stories either. Walt did not write an arrogant Thor either, certainly he was a proud warrior but he was the noblest of souls.

This brings me to The 90's and Heroes Reborn and Thor written under the pen of the immortal Rob Liefeld. Now we get an arrogant son of bitch who ain't particularly bright to boot. We also get the first story of Hulk utterly destroying Thor in a fight, but that's another matter. Even though this Thor proved to be a false Thor, the damage was done. Thor next appears in Busiek's Avengers and he's noticably short tempered now and is acting out when angered (throwing his hammer at a tv camera man). An early story shows Hyperion wrecking Thor without his hammer and Thor looking utterly lost in that fight.

The 2000's had Thor getting humbled in print, on dvd and on tv strangely enough all at the hands of the same guy. Honestly I think it is eithe sheer laziness or lack of imagination; maybe a little of both.

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