Thor made his live-action debut in the 2011 film of the same name. After that, he appeared in two more solo films that have seen theatrical releases. In addition to these three released films, he will also appear in his latest outing in the latest film titled “Thor: Love and Thunder.” The film is set to release on 8th July 2022. This takes the total number of Thor films to four in his solo film series. Other than this, he has also appeared in four Avengers movies. Since his debut in the MCU, Thor has evolved immensely in his powers. He grew from a teenager to the King of Asgard and the true God of Thunder.
This article will describe the entire solo Thor film series in detail and recap all the significant events from these films.
Thor Film Series
This section will recap all the Thor films in detail.
The film starts with a war between Asgardians and Frost Giants of Jotunheim. The fight ends with Asgardians, led by Odin, defeating the frost giants. Asgardians also take away their weapon called the “Casket of Ancient Winters.” The film then shifts to modern-day Asgard to Thor’s coronation. The event is disrupted when the Frost Giants try to steal the “Casket of Ancient Winters” from Asgard. Visibly frustrated at the turn of events, Thor goes to Jotunheim. He starts a fight with the Frost Giants and is saved by Odin.
Thor still not realizing his mistake, angers Odin and strips Thor of all his powers. He then casts a worthiness spell over his weapon, “The Mjolnir,” and banishes him to Earth. Thor meets Dr. Jane Foster on Earth and tags along with them. He intercepts their chat about the location of an unidentified object which Thor believes in Mjolnir. He then moves to the site and realizes that he is not worthy to lift Mjolnir anymore after trying to lift his weapon.
Meanwhile, his brother Loki discovers that he is the son of Frost King and confronts Odin, who goes into “Odin sleep” to recover his strength. Loki takes advantage of this and seizes the throne. However, he allows the Frost King Laufey to enter Asgard undetected and retrieve his weapon. But in a turn of events, he kills his own Father to prove his loyalty to Odin, declares this an act of war, and plans to destroy Jotunheim using the Bifrost bridge.
Thor’s friends, including Sif, arrive on Earth to tell him about Loki’s plans where Thor is adjusting to his new life as a Human. Aware of this plan, Loki sends the Destroyer to stop Thor and his friends. The Destroyer beats everyone and will kill Jane when Thor presents his life in exchange for hers. Mjolnir considers Thor worthy again at this selfless act and restores Thor’s powers.
Thor says goodbye to Jane and travels back to Asgard, where he destroys the Bifrost Bridge to save Jotunheim. After the destruction of Bifrost, Odin saves both Loki and Thor from falling into the abyss below. But Loki allows himself to fall, seemingly killing himself. In the end, Thor admits to Odin that he is not yet ready to become King. With the Bifrost destroyed, there is no way for Thor to travel back to Earth.
Thor: The Dark World
The film takes place two years after the original movie and one year after the events of the Avengers film, where Thor learns that Loki is still alive. The film starts with Odin’s father Bor fighting with Dark Elves who want to unleash a weapon called Aether upon the nine realms. Bor defeats their leader Malekith and hides the Aether in a stone. Malekith, however, escapes.
The present-day events show Loki imprisoned on Asgard for his war crimes on Earth, with Thor fighting a final battle before peace is established in the nine realms. Meanwhile, a rare alignment of the Nine Realms called the convergence is about to happen. The convergence is causing anomalies in the form of portals that appear randomly, linking different realms. Dr. Jane Foster discovers such a portal on Earth and walks into it, absorbing the Aether unknowingly.
Heimdall tells Thor about this, who then travels to Earth and brings Jane back to Asgard. However, the reappearance of Aether is also sensed by Malekith, who attacks Asgard for it, kills Thor’s mother, and retreats. Thor then asks Loki for help in return for Vengeance against their Mother’s killer. They head to Malekith’s planet and take Jane with them to lure him out.
But their plan backfires when Malekith extracts the Aether, but Thor is unsuccessful in destroying the substance, and Loki is killed in the process.
Thor then heads to Earth with Jane to stop Malekith as he plans to release the Aether at the center of convergence on Earth. The God of Thunder fights Malekith through multiple portals but is separated from him, leaving Malekith on Earth. Thor then travels back in time using the portals from another dimension and helps others transport Malekith back to his home planet. Furthermore, Thor has timed the transport perfectly and causes Malekith to be crushed by his own ship.
3. Thor: Ragnarok
It is the third film of the solo Thor series. The film starts two years after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and we see an imprisoned Thor. It is then revealed that the Fire Demon Surtur has imprisoned him. Surtur reveals to Thor that Odin is no longer on Asgard and that Ragnarok is inevitable as he will combine his crown with the eternal flame in Asgard’s vault. On hearing this, Thor frees himself and defeats Surtur and takes his Throne in a bid to prevent the Ragnarok prophecy.
Thor then finds Odin, who reveals that the Ragnarok prophecy will be fulfilled after all his efforts and tells him that he has an elder sister, Hela. Odin further reveals that he is dying, and his death will release Hela from her prison. Odin passes away in front of Thor’s eyes, and Hela appears, and when Thor throws Mjolnir at her, she destroys it. And when Thor and Loki try to escape, she ejects both of them into space.
Hela then arrives and takes over Asgard after defeating the defending armies and plans on using the Bifrost Bridge to expand Asgard’s empire. Meanwhile, Thor crash lands on Sakaar, a garbage planet, and is forced into fighting as a Gladiator. Next, he meets Hulk and Valkyrie, a legendary fighter that was thought to have died at Hela’s hands. Thor fights in some gladiatorial matches but plans to escape with Hulk. Finally, hulk sees a recording of Natasha and transforms into Bruce for the first time since the Avengers: Age of Ultron.
They are joined by Valkyrie and an imprisoned Loki and arrive on Asgard. A bloody battle ensues where Thor has a vision of Odin and realizes his true power. Thor jumps down on the attacking forces with lightning, and the impact blows the attackers away. However, Hela is too powerful for Thor, and following Odin’s vision, he asks Loki to combine Surtur’s crown and the Eternal flame, allowing Surtur to be Reborn. Surtur destroys Asgard and Hela, fulfilling the Ragnarok prophecy. Thor escapes with the people of Asgard and travels to Earth.
Thor: Love and Thunder
After Avengers: Endgame, Thor appoints Valkyrie as the King of New Asgard and leaves on a journey to self-discovery. He then joins forces with Valkyrie, Korg, and Jane Foster, who had become the Mighty Thor by wielding Mjolnir to take on Gorr, the God Butcher responsible for the deaths of several Gods in a short period.
If you like this article, visit our website for more articles on your favorite superheroes.