I very nearly selected Princes of the Universe for Mr. Pointbreak, and, though the lyrics fit, the tempo of the instruments didn’t come across as strong as I think they should for the God of Thunder. Besides, as much as Princes of the Universe fit the status and hubris of Thor’s character, I’m selecting “We Will Rock You” by Queen because it’s a song about the consequences of being undone by your pride, which is the ultimate core of Thor’s story, both in the films and comics.
Think about it: every time Thor gets too comfortable and over-confident, he is struck down. It happened when:
- he touted his worthiness and challenged his father, Odin, as a “fool”
- he believed he successfully brought peace to the Nine Realms
- he defeated Surtur, a longtime nemesis of the Asgardians, and casually ended the reign of Loki
- he saved his people from his tyrannical older sister, Hela
- he struck what was intended as a killing blow on Thanos
Thor is simultaneously drawn in and smacked down by his own pride and power time and time again, which is the central theme to “We Will Rock You,” but that doesn’t stop him from trying to serve what he believes to be his purpose of defending the Nine Realms.
On the cusp of his coronation, he held such simplistic views on who he was, and this is captured by the lines:
“Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise
Playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place”
Then, when he believed that embracing the responsibility of a king-in-the-making made him more powerful, he was surprised by the weight of accountability of his people and his throne’s past:
“Buddy, you’re a young man, hard man
Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday
You got blood on your face, you big disgrace
Waving your banner all over the place”
And, when he was attempting to hold off Ragnorak, he still found himself at the mercy of the cycle of violence and sacrifice as he confronted Hela:
“Buddy, you’re an old man, poor man
Pleading with your eyes, gonna get you some peace someday”
Thor even lost an eye in battle, as his father once did, but, Thor could not even salvage a moral victory when he had to submit himself to the powers of the Infinity Gauntlet:
“You got mud on your face, big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place”
Give the God of Thunder credit: for all the talk of Spider-Man as the ultimate underdog and pinnacle of perseverance, Thor manages to take a licking and keep on ticking. The question is, after his losses get bigger and bigger, will Thor reach a breaking point? Or, will Thor get his hands back on Thanos and deliver a demigod mud-stomping that will have the Mad Titan seeing Kirby Dots?
Only Endgame will tell.
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