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15 Reasons The 'Thor' Movies Are The Best Franchise In The MCU

List RulesVote up the reasons why Thor has the best films in the MCU.

WARNING: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and the Thor movies.

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Thor has proven he's one of the most valuable MCU characters in any state. Thor has endured some of the most notable losses in the MCU, and to watch the Odinson pick up what is left of his pride and his ax and go right for Thanos's head this time was extremely satisfying for the Asgardian's fans. Even in Infinity War, Thor came the closest to taking out the most powerful threat to the universe single-handedly. And although he made the mistake of driving his ax into Thanos's chest instead of his head, he still proved he was worthy enough to fight the Mad Titan. The godly Avenger has secretly always been the mightiest - as have, arguably, his solo films.

ThorThor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok are the most underrated Marvel movies. The Iron Man films kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Captain America films had the acclaimed The Winter Soldier and Civil War, and the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man movies are loved for their lightheartedness. But while Ragnarok is held in high regard, the Thor series as a whole always gets the short end of the stick. If you've been sleeping on the trilogy, there are plenty of reasons why you need to wake up to it.

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    The 'Thor' Movies Are About Redemption And Forgiveness

    The value of forgiveness and redemption are at the heart of the Thor movies. Despite the many times that Loki has gone out of his way to trick him, Thor never stops believing in his adopted brother, which pushes the would-be ruler of Earth to make the decision to sacrifice himself for the greater good in the end. Learning to deal with Loki's villainous antics in a mature way makes Thor a better hero, and in turn, he can take some small comfort in knowing that Loki's sacrifice was his way of repaying Thor's faith in him.

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    Thor Is A Great Role Model For Positive Masculinity

    Positive male role models like the Asgardian God of Thunder are becoming an invaluable presence in contemporary media. Thor was once a "vain, greedy, and arrogant" boy, but he has matured into a man who isn't just physically strong, but emotionally and psychologically strong as well.

    Unlike his unstable brother, Thor learns from his mistakes and becomes more selfless, compassionate, open-minded, and respectful over the course of his films. These traits are part of what keep him going as he endures all the loss the MCU throws at him.

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    Thor Protects Earth Even When He No Longer Has Any Reason To

    At some point between The Dark World and Ragnarok, Thor's relationship with Jane Foster comes to an end. Jane was the God of Thunder's first real connection to Earth, and she gave him a reason to return to the planet in The Dark World - despite the Bifrost being gone. 

    Thor could have cut ties with mortals the moment he and Jane called it quits - but he didn't. Instead, he came back once again to stand with his fellow Avengers against Thanos and defend a foreign world - and the rest of the universe - from destruction. With his homeworld gone, he's shaping up to be the MCU's own Superman.

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    Thor Loses Everything And Still Keeps Fighting

    The path of the hero is often a lonely one, and by now, no other Avenger knows that better than Thor. Sure, a lot of MCU characters have lost parents, friends, and significant others; Steve Rogers even lost decades of his life. But Thor lost his mother, father, adopted brother, sister, best friends, girlfriend, hammer, eye, and entire planet - along with most of its people. And yet, he always finds the strength to keep going.

    By the time Thor takes off Thanos's head in Avengers: Endgame and realizes there is nothing left to gain, he retreats to found New Asgard before resigning to a life of alcoholism. Once he gets word that the Avengers could, in fact, save the universe, he allows his friends to help him face his fears head-on. And in the end, he successfully saves the day... again.  

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