I need to get something out of the way before we begin. Alright? Thor the comic book character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962) and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller Jack Kirby. These movies aren't the comic book & CGI can't ever match the human imagination for sheer.
Are you still reading? Thor takes the classic Marvel character & updates it into an alternative universe set "now" within the same Marvel universe as Iron Man, & the rest. There are comedic moments within Thor but the movie actually seemed well "operatic" The acting was up to par for a Marvel movie as a comic book come to life.
The range of tie ins with the Marvel universe in Captain America was staggering. The ideas that threaded throughout the movies were:
- The gods of Asgard were alien beings from another planet whose technology & life extension treatments caused them to be worshiped as gods by humans. Clarke's law gets hamfisted throughout the movie
- The frost giants were alien beings whose powers of elemental control were beyond compare. Each of the nine worlds is actually an alien planet with conditions inspired by legend. As a plot element for an rpg campaign this is rather good.
- There were enough items within Odin's treasure vault that could be used for at least three different campaigns on their own Here
The movie was well done & up to snuff for a Marvel movie. Good Things
- The movie had a ton of action & comic book moments. There was enough to make 4 sequels there.
- The range of tie ins with the Marvel universe in Captain America was staggering.Captain America manages to tie both the Red Skull and Iron Man's technology with Thor's Asgard in a way that I don't think the comics ever have, yet in a way that makes perfect sense
- There was enough action to keep people's attention. Its weird enough for there to be a massive draw for a second movie.
- My criteria for this type of a movie is actually wanting to game within that universe's realm. There are bits & pieces I'd steal but not a lot here to make me want to actually run a game set within this universe. Asgard is already set within my mind's eye.
4 out of 5
- Captain America Next