Thor: Ragnarok is a blast. It’s Thor’s best solo outing thus far, and one of the most fun Marvel movies yet. It may not be the most emotional movie in the MCU, nor does it pack the biggest punch despite the two heavy hitters Thor and Hulk leading the way, but it’s stylish, hilarious, and unique. Ragnarok may have been one of the Marvel “Phase 3” films I was looking forward to the least, but it has rapidly become one of my favorites and I can’t wait to see it again. Overall, I’d give it a solid A-, but instead of writing a normal review I’m instead going to give you 5 Things from Thor: Ragnarok that made a difference to me, good or bad. I might work this format into future reviews, or try to use it to take care of some of my review backlog. In this case, I’ve got 4 Things I liked about Thor: Ragnarok and 1 Thing I didn’t like. Read on, and let me know if you agree with any of my picks, or what you liked or disliked about the God of Thunder’s latest adventure.
You, honored Pirate Blogger, need to write a blog about why women swoon over Dark Heroes (Wolverine, Batman, Hawkeye, Sherlock, Thorin) and Tortured Villains (Loki, Loki, Loki, Bucky, Loki) and find Nice Golden Hero types (Cap, Coulson, Superman… OK, that’s a weird set right there, but…) boring.
As a guy, I don’t feel like I have the right to speculate over what women find attractive or the characters they’re interested in, and the last thing I want to do is say something that comes off as judgmental or sexist, so I thought I’d open this question up to you. If I get enough feedback, I’ll post some of the most interesting things I heard. If not, I might write my own article from the perspective of whether these types of characters are more popular in society on a more general level.
You can of course leave me a comment right here on my blog, or if you don’t want to post something publicly you can send me a message via my feedback page. You can tweet me @lovepirate77 or find me on tumblr or send me a message there.
So I’ll leave you with some possible questions, not intending to make any judgments about the question, but just to get the conversation flowing. Do women really prefer tortured heroes to boring villains? If not, why is there a perception that they do? If true, why is that? Is it simply a reflection of the popularity of these characters generally, regardless of the fan’s gender? Is it because of they types of actors who generally play tortured villains? Are those characters simply better written? Is the mere question offensive? Is there any danger in being attracted to villainous characters when it translates into real life relationships? Is it a reflection of living in a more forgiving or less black-and-white time period?
I look forward to hearing from you, as I’m sure there are a wide range of opinions about this topic.
Of the Phase One movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor was the one that seemed least likely to succeed. Iron Man felt familiar as a superhero story, while Captain America had a mass appeal, but Thor was unusual. It had a Shakespearean family drama involving gods combined with a fish-out-of-water story and a bit of romance. The question was whether viewers could buy an immortal, Norse god as a superhero on the big screen. It was a surprise success, however, and in my view was the key film in setting up The Avengers, both in laying the plot foundation and in expanding the expectations of audiences.
So here we are two years later with Thor: The Dark World. Continue reading