Thor: The Dark World

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[SOM #77]

Back with Avengers Phase 2, we have the second film in the series. This time, freed of his origin and following the events of the Avengers crossover, Thor is off on a world-spanning adventure to prevent some dark elf or other from bringing the universe to darkness and blah blah blah.

The plot was surprisingly unimportant to the grander scheme of things. It’s just a series of visually stunning events conveyed with flair and humour, which just so happens to allow Thor to clash again with his father, relate to his mother, meet Jane again, look very pretty and intense and form an uneasy alliance with a newly freed Loki.

All credit to Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. They make for a fantastic pair of charismatic, warring onscreen presences and most of our podcast is spent discussing these two. As well as this there is a points of view section with community feedback on the film, a brilliant article written by Hiddleston himself prior to The Avengers and some extended chat on the continuation and expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Joining me are Sharon Shaw of Do try This at Home, Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and David Merrett of Gonzo Planet’s Words of Merrett column.

Next week, a preview of my first proper book, The Cartographer’s Handbook, which will be available on Kindle and audio in mid-December.

Author: Alex Shaw

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  1. This is Chris from the forums. I may have got my definitions of villain and antagonists mixed up. However, I was going on the fact that someone can be described as villainous without being an antagonist to the particular plot (i.e. they may be a psychopathic murderer, but unless they do something against the protagonist, they’re not an antagonist by the strict definition). This is why I personally see antagonists as more 1 or 2 dimensional. To be a villain, in my book, you must have a villainous personality. On the other hand, many characters with villainous personalities do have very flat villainous personalities. Ultimately in an antagonist I think that you might be better without a villainous personality or have a reason for it. Ultimately, I think in retrospect an antagonist without any personality is bad unless done intentionally (i.e. terminator), but as a villain they may be equally bad as it ends up comical. In reality, I think we need antagonists who are not villainous (or at least are not defined by this) or, in other words , complex characters who are antagonists. As such, I correct my statement made on the forums: I think Malecith is an antagonist with some amount of villainous personality, but overall is a much less complex character than Odin, who is less of an antagonist, but has more of a personality and more complex motivations.

  2. Damn it Alex, your use of music in you shows is brilliant. I don’t know if it was the passionate words by Mr Hiddlestone or the fact that the Avengers theme always gets me pumped, but the combination was incredible effective. A rally call for all fans of comic book films. Makes me really hope that you have a comic book film inspired Sound of Gonzo in the pipeline.
    Fantastic show as always. Thanks!

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