Bringing together every major and minor hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was bound to result in some fantastically fun character moments in Avengers: Infinity War. No characters got more bang-for-the-buck screen time, though, than Chris Hemsworth's Thor.
To be fair, though, Thor's been having a bit of a renaissance since his third solo outing, Thor: Ragnarok. Director Taika Waititi was lauded for reinventing the character, imbuing him with a life and humor that had regularly been said to be missing from his previous films. Thankfully, Thor's revamp continued into Infinity War.
Thor stole the show in Infinity War, whether you're talking raw power, comedic timing, or just general likability. Here are seven moments that really solidify his reign.
**SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.**
Avengers: Infinity War: Thor meets the Guardians of the Galaxy
When he seduced the Guardians of the Galaxy without even trying
Between the comments about Thor being a pirate-angel and his muscles being made out of cables, it seems fair to say that the Guardians of the Galaxy are Thor stans.
That is, all of the Guardians but Peter "I helped destroy half the universe" Quill.
Needless to say, the rest of the Guardians probably have a new favorite Chris.
When his character development was in full force
Odin once declared Thor a "vain, greedy, cruel boy" before casting him out of Asgard. If only the Allfather could see his son now.
The Thor of 2011's Thor would have destroyed the Guardians' ship upon learning that Gamora was Thanos' adopted daughter. But after seven years, three solo films, and quite a few team-ups, Thor has learned how to play nice — in fact, he's even learned how to empathize by the time he meets the Guardians. Upon learning that Gamora is Thanos' daughter, Thor offers her his condolences and says he understands just how much family can hurt you.
"Only if I die."
In Ragnarok, Thor’s upset by the fact that Tony Stark's quinjet doesn't register him as the "strongest Avenger." That honor is reserved for the Hulk — but that designation might have to change post-Infinity War.
Peter Dinklage's Eitri, King of the Dwarves of Nidavellir, warns Thor that taking on the full force of a dying star to hold the forge open "Will kill you!"
"Only if I die," Thor responds with triumphant, characteristic vehemence. It's really too bad Drax and Thor didn't get to spend more time together. That level of dumb-but-sometimes-insightful-logic in the same room would be something to behold.
Groot was an Asgardian elective
Because of course it was. Maybe Thor's understanding Groot helped Groot along even more in his decision to create the handle for Thor's new ax. A little connection goes a long way between sentient tree creatures and angel-pirates.
“Well, he’s never fought me twice.”
We didn't get to see the beginning of Thor's fight with Thanos at the start of Infinity War, but we did see the grueling, heartbreaking end. Right before meeting the Guardians, Thor lost his remaining family member (Loki) and his best friend (Heimdall). Later on, he tells Rocket that "rage, vengeance, anger, loss, regret" are all great motivators. He smiles through the tears.
Not only is this scene with Rocket one of the most humanizing in Thor's lengthy time onscreen, but it also features a fantastic performance from Chris Hemsworth. Playing a 1,500-year-old god hasn't always lent to much range, but Thor's rebirth in Ragnarok and his subsequent story in Infinity War have been marked opportunities for Hemsworth to show off both his humor and heart.
His monumentally epic return to the Avengers fold
Thor wildly outpaces every single other Avenger during the final assault on Wakanda. Just when things start to look down for our heroes (before, y'know, things got really down in the end), Thor summons the Bifrost to exact Ragnarok-level, "What were you the god of again?" justice. This is the moment we've been waiting for since Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" wailed through theaters everywhere this past November and Thor proved he doesn't need a hammer to harness his godly powers: Thor, rebooted, primed to save the day.
Combine the lightning show with Thor's introducing his new friend "the tree" and greeting Steve Rogers with "I see you copied my beard," and what resulted was the perfect balance of elation and pre-finale jitters.
Thor’s budding friendship with the “sweet rabbit” Rocket
Rocket's persistent sarcasm and negativity were no match for Thor's unbridled enthusiasm throughout their time together in Infinity War., making for perhaps one of the most unexpectedly delightful pairings throughout the film. Rocket spent most of the film wholly unaware of who Thor is (King of Asgard, God of Thunder, all-around powerhouse), which resulted in several pitch-perfect comedic moments. Thor's obvious pain prompted Rocket to play "captain" and ask him about his troubles with the play-detached curiosity of a concerned bartender. And Rocket never once tried to correct Thor about his not being a rabbit.
For the past two Guardians films, Rocket's counterparts have met grisly ends (Groot sacrificed himself in the first Guardians and Yondu did the same in Vol. 2). Lucky for Rocket this time around, though, ancient gods are harder to kill than most other friends.
Seeing as how both Thor and Rocket managed to escape becoming mere ashes, their friendship will likely continue in Avengers 4. Although, Rocket might be a bit more irritable than usual after losing Groot (again).