Marvel Movie Minute Season Four: Thor • Minute 69: Why boilermakers, Erik?

Thor 069: Why Boilermakers, Erik?

In this minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film ‘Thor,’ Erik warns Thor not to harm Jane, Thor swears he won’t, so Erik tells him to leave town and Thor agrees. They drink to it. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure arrives on Jotunheim. Bryon Lockhart, host of the Marine Corps Movie Minute and Co-Host of the Marvel Events Timeline Podcasts, is here all week!

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Minute Sixty-Nine: From Protective in the Pub to Lonely on Jotunheim

Bryon Lockheart

Joining us to discuss the wrap-up (and boilermakers) between Thor and Erik in the bar as well as the figure arriving on Jotunheim is Bryon Lockhart, host of the Marine Corps Movie Minute and Co-Host of the Marvel Events Timeline Podcasts.

In the sixty-ninth minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film Thor

  • Erik’s protective feelings for Jane really kick in here as he tells Thor he needs to leave town tonight.
  • Does that make sense? Is he overstepping his bounds as far as Jane and any possible relationship with Thor?
  • Is Erik a bit of the Culver University Godfather?
  • Should Erik be meddling in Jane’s romantic interests? Does that diminish Jane as a character that she needs someone to control her love life?
  • Or is there something more in relation to how Jane’s father lived and/or died?
  • And is it a problem that this story point never comes back?
  • We sure hope that Erik shows up in Thor: Love & Thunder. As it looks now, neither he nor Darcy are in the credits, which hurts our hearts.
  • Again, Thor very much takes in what Erik says about leaving town and speaks in a 100% honest way as he agrees to the deal. This is a side of Thor we just love.
  • Chris Hemsworth plays Thor with such authentic honesty. It’s an important element in his character.
  • Perhaps it’s that Thor very much believes in honoring a debt. Erik did help him get free, after all.

Is it odd that Erik orders them boilermakers to seal the deal?

  • Perhaps it’s just because of how Stellan Skarsgård says the word ‘boilermaker.’
  • We go through the history of boilermakers a bit. Did you know they’re from Montana?
  • These glasses seem ridiculously large. Like these characters are hobbits marveling at how ‘they come in pints!’
  • The unspoken drinking contest is very funny.
  • The deleted scene of Erik smashing the glass and screaming for “Another!” works well. It’s a shame we didn’t get it.
  • Erik also gets rip-roaring drunk. We see him and Thor singing outside on the streets. Erik passes out. Thor carries him back to Jane’s trailer. It’s a fun scene and in a way, helps us buy that Erik’s more comfortable with Thor sticking around.
  • The scene with Erik really reminds us that not only is Thor handsome, but he’s incredibly charismatic and everyone wants to be in his presence. Erik’s clearly having a good time with him. Great bonding.

Who is the mysterious figure arriving on Jotunheim?

  • We see the bifrost drop off a single figure at the Bifrost junction on Jotunheim and they start walking toward Utgardhall. Who could this be?
  • And why does the landscape look so different again?
  • It’s important to know someone is arriving through the Bifrost. It’s not some magical other arrival through a back door. Interesting…

From the warmth of the bar in Puente Antiguo to the icy realm of Jotunheim, we’ve got a lot to discuss today with Bryon Lockheart. Tune in!

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