Thor: The Dark World
November 18, 2013
I think I’m just going to stop reviewing these things because we pretty much know it’s gonna be all squee. SQUEE.
I do want to talk a bit about what I’m calling the Avengers Sequence and how I continue to be impressed by the scope and genius of the thing. We’re up to eight movies (I’ve decided to include the Ed Norton Hulk movie, because it has enough tie-ins to the rest that it works) and a TV series, all set in the same world and continuity, and with mostly good stories that build a cohesive saga.
But that’s not the real genius of it all, I’ve decided. I went to see Thor: The Dark World with my mega comics geek friend, and some friends who know nothing of comics. I’m right in the middle. The first easter egg after the movie — the epilog, I suppose — was delightfully bizarre (to describe it without spoilers). An entirely new setting and aesthetic from anything we’ve seen so far, but still clearly part of the story. I know enough of the meta here to recognize this is probably something that showed up in the comics, and is probably our first lead-in to this. I asked my comics friend, and sure enough, he gave me the rundown, right down to issue numbers. But what did the non-comics friends make of the scene? Did the out-of-left-fieldness of it throw them off? No. The verdict: “There’s a new story here and I want to know more.”
Bingo. And that’s what these movies are doing right. They’re working on enough levels that they appeal to everybody. Sure, if you know the material you’re going to completely geek out and get all the easter eggs and dropped hints. But if you don’t, you’re still going to be drawn into it all because these movies have earned our trust and they’re telling freaking good stories. They’ve given us enough that a new setting intrigues rather than confuses.
I don’t know how it’s possible, but I may be even more excited about upcoming Avengers-related movies than I was a couple of years ago when the first Thor came out.