Stan Lee, executive producer of Iron Man, Spider Man, The Avengers, The Wolverine, Thor the Dark World, and just about all Marvel's film projects. Why is this important? For at least two reasons. First, such an appearance is usually called a "cameo," (the most famous cameos being those by director Alfred Hitchcock in all 50 of the films he made) but when it's one of the principal film makers, I think the term "self-portrait" better qualifies the appearance, because Mr. Lee and the other film makers, by inserting a "real world person" into the make-believe world of Thor, want you to know that the make-believe world isn't so make-believe (because real people can go there) and there are real people making this film (it didn't just pop into existence on it's own). Secondly, invoking the real world (as we have discussed with trailers for Muppets Most Wanted UK) reminds viewers of the world they live in, and that there are parallels between our world and the one we are watching, like when the Dark Elves' ship crashes into the Palace of Asgard, we are meant to think of 9/11 and the destruction of the World Trade Centers. So, what does Stan Lee's tennis shoe mean?
|Whereas Selvig "gives" himself to science (in not wearing pants while doing research) Jane uses science to get to Thor in hopes of mating with him; this alterior motive makes Jane weak which allows her to be "possessed" by the Aether. Now, before it sounds like I am being too hard on Jane, let's look a bit earlier in the film before the scene pictured above. In Asgard, Odin commands Thor to go and celebrate with his warriors and advises Thor that he would do better to take what his before him (Lady Sif), and we see Thor, presumably in his room, washing himself and looking out the window; when we first see Jane in the film, she's with Richard, Jane alludes to Thor, and Darcy shows up, astounded that Jane is wearing clean clothes, she's bathed and smells good, she's done her hair,.... Both Thor and Jane think they have cleansed themselves of the other--Thor of Jane after his father tells him to consider Sif, and Jane of Thor because she's gone out with Richard--but, in the reality of the film, they have prepared themselves to see the other again. When Thor comes to Jane, he says he believes that fate brought them together, and while, moments before, they each thought they would never see each other again, here they are, back together after two years. This might seem like a side-track, but it's utterly important. The reason Jane and Thor have to "be cleansed" before seeing the other is because that is what Love does to us. Love cleanses us of our weakness so we can be made strong to carry out the labors of Love that make Love stronger within us and, thereby, make us worthy of Love (that is the key to why Loki has not been converted, the reason Loki is in a state of rebellion with Frigga, Odin and Thor, Loki won't give himself to Love, he wants to take power, which is the exact opposite, more on that below, and instead of seeing what's good in people, Loki sees what's bad in them, and instead of seeing how others love him, Loki sees how he can use them for his own ends). If Jane were not a good and strong character, then the Aether inside of her would destroy her (Thor and Loki have this conversation about Jane when Loki lustily says, "Oh, what I could do with the power in her veins," and Thor retorts that Loki would be consumed by it; Jane holds up under the pressure of the power, as Thor tells us, because she has strength and goodness within her that Loki can't understand). Now, just because a character is good and strong, doesn't mean they don't still have flaws and weaknesses, which is the case of Jane Foster. Whereas Selvig was possessed by the Tesseract to overtake the world in The Avengers, Jane is possessed by the Aether to overtake the universe in Thor the Dark World. The reason Jane can be used as a vessel is because she has opened up to being dis-ingenuous (just like Loki in his disappearing and tricking Thor all the time) because she uses science for her own ends (to find Thor, which she admits, I wouldn't have found the Aether if I wasn't looking for you, she tells him) instead of how Selvig is now in this film, trying to understand the Convergence to save the world. Before Jane "finds" the Aether, there is blowing wind and "whooshing," and the wind pushes her into the anomaly where the Aether is; what's that all about? The "winds of change," the very same "winds of change" that are in Mary Poppins (hey, it works because it works). So what's the big deal? In being "dis-ingenuous" she becomes like the Aether itself, not only being a vessel by means of which it can escape its hiding place, but also giving it greater power because she is such a "good" person (we all agree on that, she's a good person, she just committed a very human folly) the Aether feeds off her being a host and "host" should be taken as a political term (more discussion on the Aether below; you can also check the Marvel wikipedia here). Scientists doing experiments for their own ends, in other words, found science they shouldn't be doing, and in finding this science, they became hosts to the science and the political means needed to carry out that science.|
When Thor approaches Loki about helping him stop the Aether, Thor is the one who knows Loki has been putting up illusions, and Thor can see the symbolic significance of Loki being "bare foot," (Loki's will--symbolized by his bare feet stained with fruit he has stepped one, see above--is "exposed") that Loki will betray Thor because Loki is consumed with gaining power for himself ("When you betray me, I will kill you," he tells Loki).
So, the million dollar question: why then does Thor trust Loki? Is, as Loki suggests, Thor "truly desperate" for the help only Loki can provide? I can understand people supporting that interpretation, and there is nothing wrong with that, however, I think there is a much stronger possibility based upon what we see happen with Loki a bit later: Thor wants to give Loki another chance to redeem himself in spite of what Thor tells Loki (if Thor really believed it, he would have tried to find another way to succeed without Loki).
|If you watch Thor the Dark World on disc, at 15:57, if you press pause, after Jane has gotten into the car with Darcy and they are going to check out the strange readings, there is a English World War poster in the upper-center of the screen that says, "Is your journey really necessary?" asking about driving and preserving gas. Why bring this up? It fits in with the question of "Who is Jane Foster's mom?" They keep mentioning Jane's lab, i.e., her mom's house, but we never learn anything else about Jane's mom, or see her. So, who is Jane's mom? England. Later on, film makers might want us to associate a real person with Jane's shadowy mom, but the absent mom corresponds to the "mom-to-be-absent" in Frigga who dies protecting Jane as if Jane were her own child (of course Frigga knows what is to be lost if Malekith obtains the Aether). When Jane, Ian and Darcy arrive at the site of the anomalies, the cargo cars are standing end-up, like the stones at Stonehenge in the previous scene (which means that's exactly what we are supposed to be thinking of); why? It's unnatural. It's unnatural when there is a ring around Jane where the rain doesn't fall (picture on the right). When Darcy, Ian and Jane goes inside the truck yard, they see little kids, all minority kids; Darcy exclaims, "It's okay, we're Americans," and Jane responds, "That's supposed to make them like us?" because, as Barack Hussein Obama has taught this country, and liberals have preached his gospel, the world hates us; but a miracle happens, and the kids come out, because I guess that does make them trust Darcy and Jane. "Are you the police?" the little girl asks, because America, back in the days when we were a super-power, in the days before Russia invaded the Ukraine, America was like a police force, making sure that no one over-stepped their bonds, but Darcy and Jane can't answer that they are police, they can't make sure people aren't over-stepping their boundaries, "We're scientists," and that's probably the worse answer they can give. Anyway, we have seen that little English-Indian girl before (not her exactly) in Star Trek Into Darkness: the little sick girl who was laying in her hospital bed dying when John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) approached her dad Thomas Harewood and said, "I can heal her," and giver her some of his blood so her father will spill the blood of Star Fleet command on his (Harrison's) behalf (please see The Enemy Of My Enemy: Star Trek Into Darkness for more). The reason this is important is because the little boy takes two fingers and turns over a huge truck. As Darcy says, "That doesn't seem right," and she's right, it's not right, it's unnatural. So what does it mean? Everything has been made so easy, there are no struggles so no one grows: the little boy doesn't have to become strong to turn the car over, he can do it because he's a minority so things will be made easy for him. This, and all these examples, are socialism. Not driving excessively (no freedom of movement), anti-American sentiments, for cargo trucks to be empty instead of full and taking products to a destination where they will be sold, instead standing on-end like Stonehenge rocks. These are all the signs that the "motherland," Jane's lab where the "socialist experiment is taking place," is rotting away England and that's why it's invaded and that's why Jane's the perfect political "host" for the unnatural, unholy power of the Aether. Now, why is it a bottle of pop and an old pop can are the items used to demonstrate the anomaly? "Sometimes they come back, sometimes they don't," the little girl explains to Jane, and residents in the US, under Michelle Obama's food regime, and the banning in NY of large pop drinks, knows that socialism is like a black hole: some things are going to get lost, maybe not everything in the "change" that is going to take place, but plenty of things will get lost that won't be recovered, like car keys, and the keys getting lost in the anomaly tie in directly with that poster we see at 15:57 about unnecessary travel and a socialist government limiting your movements so you are more easily controlled (please remember that George Orwell's famous book 1984 takes place in Great Britain).|
Long before the birth of light, there was darkness. And from that darkness came the Dark Elves. Millennia ago, the most ruthless of their kind, Malekith, sought to transform our universe back into one of eternal night. Such evil was possible through the power of the Aether, an ancient force of infinite destruction.
Obviously, this is completely made up, however, we know that art is a metaphor for actual things, events, people, places, so--we have to ask--what does the Aether and Odin's opening speech mean? What does it refer to, how can we identify with this force of such great destruction and come to fear it when we don't know anything about it? Unless, we do know something about it,...
Why do Democrats want this?
No free market.
The third instance of shoes being important is when Jane and Thor have failed to destroy Malekith and the Aether and have stumbled into a cave and Richard calls Jane on her cell. "What are all these shoes doing here?" Thor asks. Why is this scene important? Well, it's not important, it's imperative, because where the shoes are (the will) is also where they find the keys because the keys are for the "vehicle" that gets everyone together and working to stop the spread of darkness about to be unleashed. Once everyone realizes how real the threat to the universe is, they are ready to do something about it, and this realization is symbolized by the shoes that had been "lost." The Rubic's Cube key chain validates this reading, because--just like the Convergence with all the planets lining up--so the Rubic's Cube is all the "colors lining up."
So, who is "The Collector?"
The one with "The Collection."
The Collection & Collectivization: the Horrors Of Socialism for more).
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