Age of Ultron’s Funniest Line Foreshadowed Fat Thor & His Avengers: Endgame Breakdown

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor’s comment about death foreshadows his eventual breakdown in Avengers: Endgame. As one of the original Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the God of Thunder has been involved in every single mission that the MCU’s premier team has ever had. Despite being the Avengers’ most important member, Thor wasn’t supposed to be part of Nick Fury’s Avengers Initiative. Unlike every other hero in the roster who was carefully chosen by the former SHIELD director himself, the Asgardian’s involvement was purely accidental. Had it not been for Loki’s attack on Earth in The Avengers, Thor would likely not be part of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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Despite this, the God of Thunder immediately proved himself to be worthy of a slot in the MCU team’s roster. Aside from being one of, if not the most powerful Avengers, Thor’s presence made the group’s dynamic so much more fun and intriguing. While the character’s hilarious overhaul is often chalked up to Taika Waititi revamping his sub-franchise via Thor: Ragnarok, the hero has always been funny. Granted that his jokes aren’t as sharp or quick as Tony Stark’s, Thor has some downright hilarious comments in the MCU, including one in Avengers: Age of Ultron about Hulk’s damaging capabilities.

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Thor’s Endgame Breakdown Changed His Funniest Age of Ultron Line

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the original Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are seen closer together as they continue to operate as a unit a couple of years since they were first assembled in the Battle of New York. This also means that they are more comfortable with each other, and ribbing has become a norm in their dynamic. At one point, Black Widow is consoling Bruce Banner following a Hulk rampage. When she asks the God of Thunder for a report on the incident, Thor surprisingly delivers one of the funniest lines in Avengers: Age of Ultron, saying: “The gates of Hell are filled with the screams of his [Hulk’s] victims.

Natasha’s perplexed reaction and Banner’s embarrassed one make it more hilarious. However, knowing Thor’s eventual breakdown in Avengers: Endgame actually gives the line a deeper meaning. As an Asgardian who live far longer than humans, the comment demonstrates the God of Thunder’s lack of awareness as to how regular mortals deal with murder and death. It’s the reason why the aftermath of Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War hit him so hard on an emotional level. Despite experiencing death before, he was never in the presence of humans, who take the concept deeply, leaving him unequipped to deal with the immense guilt he felt after failing to stop Thanos.

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Thor Needed His Endgame Breakdown To Be A Better Hero

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Marvel Studios are still having some issues with its approach to Thor. The character’s three-film run at the end of the Infinity Saga is arguably his best stretch in the franchise thus far. Granted that Fat Thor’s introduction in Avengers: Endgame is still divisive, the character’s breakdown is necessary to make him a better and more grounded hero. It shows just how committed he is to protecting the universe that he feels immense guilt and embarrassment when he failed to stop Thanos. Avengers: Age of Ultron shows himself far removed from their mission’s casualties, but he takes the deaths in Avengers: Infinity War personally.

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