I know I’m in the minority with this, but I just don’t like Thor; I don’t like him as a character, I don’t like his movies, I don’t like anything about him. He’s just terrible.
Let me be clear: I’m not a fan of Marvel’s Thor. I love Norse Mythology and the classic version of Thor, but when these elements are mixed into comic book lore, I just don’t enjoy them. It’s a shame because you’d think that combining two awesome concepts would lead to an incredible result. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with Thor.
I understand that Thor is one of the core members who started the Avengers in the original comic run, but I can’t get over my distaste for him. I would’ve been fine with substituting him for Ant-Man or Wasp on the big-screen. However, if we didn’t have the two films starring the Norse God of Thunder, then the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be drastically different than what we have today. Regardless, I still think that Thor is a lame Avenger for the following reasons.
4. His Strength Is Not Consistent
Here’s some fun trivia: did you know that Stan Lee created Thor partially because he needed someone to be stronger than the Hulk? When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s obvious that they de-powered Thor so that he’s not too strong. But he’s still strong enough to face the Hulk in hand-to-hand combat in Avengers Assemble. Later on in the movie, the Hulk is able to take down whale-sized aliens by himself. By that logic, you’d think that Thor is just as powerful, right? Well, wait a minute. Wasn’t Thor struggling in that fight against Iron Man in the middle of the woods? So who’s stronger than who?
Also, you have to remember that Thor is only powerful when he is “worthy”. He spent most of his first movie as a normal human being incapable of lifting his own hammer. Do the Avengers really need a team member with such unreliable powers? That’s like having Captain America before he was injected with the Super Soldier Serum.
3. He’s Socially Inept
Thor faces many issues when he first arrives on Earth without his powers. One of those problems is that he’s in a foreign land with no clue as to social norms. He thinks you can buy a horse at your average pet store. He slams a cup of coffee on the ground because it’s a habit he picked up back in Asgard. At first, these quirks seem cute and charming. But look deeper into it and you’ll see some major challenges.
Think how hard it is for the other Avengers to explain Earthly concepts to him. Remember that scene in Avengers Assemble where Iron Man is attempting to fix the helicarrier and needs Captain America’s help to do so? The problem there was that Captain is from a completely different era. He can barely do anything without Tony walking him through it step by step. Multiply that by 100 and you have an average conversation with Thor. The most they can do with him is let him be the muscle and take care of the physical labor.