Marvel Movie Minute Season Four: Thor • Minute 97

Thor 097: How Real Is Loki’s Threat to Go After Jane?

In this minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film ‘Thor,’ Thor and Loki argue about the logic of Loki’s plan and Loki threatens Jane to provoke his brother. Dr. Arnold Blumberg joins us.

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Minute Ninety-Seven: From Thor’s Defense to Loki’s Taunting

Joining us to discuss all the fraternal drama is Dr. Arnold Blumberg, publisher, author, educator, pop culture & comics historian, and friendly neighborhood zombie expert.

In the ninety-seventh minute of Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film Thor

  • Loki wants to be heir to the throne. How strong of a plan is this though?
  • Would his plan have worked if Thor hadn’t shown up? Why is he still following through with his plan now that Thor’s shown up to stop him?
  • And what did he say to Frigga before he left for the Observatory?
  • As we pointed out before, it’s largely because he’s operating from a point of emotion, not intellect.
  • Loki fights so differently here. Instead of throwing knives and using cunning, he’s facing off with Thor like Thor’s counterpart. Was that a mistake?
  • We pine for more great Marvel villains like this.
  • Loki’s argument provides some great metaphors that apply to issues today.
  • It’s interesting to look at the perspective on genocide. Thor had started a war earlier and killed plenty of Jotuns. Loki is doing the same in a different way. So it’s interesting to see how Thor’s changed through this conversation.
  • Loki’s threat to go after Jane feels a little off here. But there is an aspect to it that implies Loki is just saying things to get Thor to stop preventing the Bifrost from destroying Jotunheim.
  • Thor doesn’t want to fight, so what does he think of Loki taking two swipes at him with Gungnir?
  • So much really goes back to the conversation Odin had with the two brothers when they were kids.
  • Was it just through his Destroyer-cam that Loki knows about Jane?

It’s the big, bad, battle of words before the battle of brawn commences, and Dr. Arnold Blumberg joins us for it all. Tune in!

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