Monday, July 31, 2017

Darryl & Thor: Ragnarok

When the first poster for Thor 2: The Dark World was released, I made a brilliant observation: Thor wasn't missing anything. Hammer, check; red cape, check; battle armor, check; Jane, check; hair, check,... Okay, I didn't actually notice that his hair was still there, because it never occurred to me that Thor wouldn't have his hair, however, I did know that other things could happen, but that The Dark World wasn't going to be that part of the Thor story when it did. Now, however, we see some important identity elements missing: his hair, his hammer, and Jane. Please note, Thor stands in profile, and whenever this is done, by a character, or even a real person in a portrait, the profile-stance enhances the mystery of the person, not just what we the outsider don't know about the person, but also what cannot be known about the person, maybe even what they will never know about themselves. Given that Thor is the god of thunder, this is possible, however, it's also possible that something we haven't known about Thor heretofore will be revealed, a part of him (like why he's the god of thunder) will finally be revealed and he won't be so mysterious anymore.
Let's start with the red cape. We know that red symbolizes the appetites because red is the color of blood, and whatever is most valuable to us is what we are willing to spend our blood upon (if love is most important to us, we are willing to die for the beloved, if our anger/wrath is most important, we are willing to spill someone else's blood to appease our appetite for their destruction); Thor is a hero,and he is a hero because, way back in the first Thor film, he was put in his place by Odin (Anthony Hopkins) so he would take his role as a god seriously and not just run around, reeking havoc, kind of like what he's doing in the Darryl video. We know that Thor loves earth, he was willing to die for it in the first Thor film, and has battled significant enemies to save earth, so we can deduce that the red of the cape attests to Thor's love, so that hasn't changed. What about the cape itself? A cape rests upon someone's back, so our back symbolizes either the burdens we are forced to take upon ourselves, or the burdens we willingly take upon ourselves, and in Thor's case, that includes saving others and the earth.
Why has Thor lost his hammer? We know that in the first Thor film, Thor also lost his hammer because he wasn't worthy to wield it, and it's possible that is what happens again; how? The cycle of conversion is continuous: the battles and obstacles that you overcame yesterday, set you up so that you can overcome new obstacles today, and still more obstacles tomorrow; in other words, Thor is unworthy of a deeper level in Thor: Ragnarok than he was in Thor. He is far stronger now, emotionally, spiritually and in terms of his maturity (he has saved many planets and people from destruction and proven he is ready and willing to sacrifice himself for a greater cause, which is what a good leader does), but the thing about conversion is, you are never, ever good enough; there is always room for improvement because, as long as you are still alive, there is room for ever greater virtue in your soul (which is as infinite as God Himself because He gave you the soul you have to resemble Him as closely as possible). So the more a character is called to conversion, it's because they are capable of that degree of perfection, they are overcoming all that weakness within themselves to replace it with strength and virtue. In battling the goddess of death herself, Hela (Cate Blanchett) the film makers are demonstrating that it's because Thor is such a great guy that he is capable of battling this evil presence. In the second video below, where Thor acts like a jerk about getting a job, it's important to keep this in mind, because that video makes Thor look bad, however, the film makers are making an important point. So, Thor loses his hammer, because Thor has been using Mjolnir as a crutch; now that the crutch has been removed, Thor can dig deeper within himself to call upon power that he has never used before, hence why we really see Thor as the "god of thunder" for the first time in the second trailer below. Remember, in the first introduction to Darryl, we see Thor's "board of clues" and he shows us Mjolnir who is holding a little Thor; that's what is going to happen in Thor 3 (I think), that Thor will become the hammer (Mjolnnir) as the god of thunder while the "old Thor" will be merely an illustration of the limitations Thor allowed himself.
What about his hair? We know that the head symbolizes our thoughts because our thoughts originate within our head, so hair, hats, or messy hair, anything pertaining to the head, reflects the kind of thoughts the character is having. Thor's hair is cut off; why? We have just seen the same happen to another character, young Arthur in King Arthur: Legend Of the Sword, when Arthur has been found by the three prostitutes and they have his long, blonde locks cut off. Blonde is the color of gold, and gold denotes a king--quite fitting for both Thor and Arthur, eh?--so having their hair cut off translates to they are being forced to stop thinking of themselves as kings; yes, they are both political kings in their respective realms, however, there is also the reality that (you knew this was coming) as white, heterosexual men, they are also the "kings" of American society, because white men are considered by minorities to be the dominant power holders. So, like other white, heterosexual males in Western Civilization (it's okay if you are gay, according to minorities) Arthur and Thor are being demoted in their social and political standing. This leads us to Thor's left arm.
In The Mummy, Dr. Jeckyll (Russell Crowe) keeps a black glove on his left hand, in which he frequently injects himself with a green medicine to keep his Edward Hyde persona from coming out; in The Shape Of Water trailer, we see Michael Shannon's Strickland with a bandaged left hand; why: "the Left" has traditionally been associated with evil, and in America, recently, we can certainly attribute evil to the Left's doing (not least of which are actual Satanic invocations against President Trump), so these two characters (Jeckyll and Strickland) have a relationship with the Left and that evil (and please don't forget the poster release for The Man From UNCLE about the Nazis: both Solo and Illya look off to their Left; why? That's likely going to be where the next threat comes from). So, on Thor's left arm, we see his bulging muscles--he hasn't been physically weakened in any way--and we see the black strap he has wrapped around his left arm (we don't see his right arm). Our hands symbolize our honor, we shake hands when we give our word about something (so someone who has a weakened or debilitated hand, has debilitated honor, too) while our arms symbolize strength. In Thor's left hand, he holds the helmet we see him put on in the stadium scene where he fights Hulk. So, a translation for Thor's left arm could be something like this: Thor intends on keeping the Left (symbolized by his left forearm wrapped in the strap) contained (the black straps) by defeating Hela/death (the goddess of death, because black is her color, the same as the black straps) through his ability to fight (the helmet) and his sheer strength (his biceps). Is that all? Well, no.
If you look at Thor, then look above him, in the upper-center of the poster, there is a bright light shining on him; I don't know if that is supposed to be a spaceship, or some alien being, however, light (especially bright light such as this) is a symbol of illumination (remember in Age Of Ultron when Thor went into that pool to interpret his dream/vision and he realized they needed Vision to help them defeat Ultron? Thor seems to know how to channel the mystical, and this may come into play in this third Thor film.
Last, but certainly not least, the green color over most of the poster. Like all of the colors, green has a positive and a negative interpretation: green, usually associated with spring, means hope and new life, but it can also mean the opposite of that, like something has gone bad--really bad, like Hela herself, she has some green highlights on her costume--and we have certainly seen that in association with the Left: they promised hope (Obama, "Hope and change,") but all they delivered was a bunch of rotten policies they benefited themselves (we have seen green used politically in both Kong: Skull Island and Warcraft, and don't forget Loki himself wears a green costume) so we can perform a simple deduction (we don't know any real plot points of the narrative at this time) that since so much of the stadium is colored green, that the stadium functions somehow in a socialist manner (we certainly saw that in The Hunger Games).
I have actually been waiting a long time to do this post; nearly a year, in fact, when the first "Thor on vacation" trailer dropped,.... was it a joke? Just a little morsel to tide us over for a year until we got another taste of Asgardian lore and culture? I don't think it was. As humorous as the trailer below is, it establishes an important pattern we see in the next three trailers. So, to refresh your memory, here is the first, Darryl Jacobson and Thor Odinson video:
First of all, Thor talks about everyday "average," and there isn't anything about Thor that is average. Darryl is average, but Thor isn't. Why not? Equality, not everyone is created equal, socialists would like to make everyone equal, but that is simply one more way in which Liberals ignore reality. For example, there is simply no way that I can do what Michael Jordan can do, however, Mr. Jordan probably can't do what I can do, either, so we both have our unique talents, but that's not what liberals want: they want to force everyone to be the same, and if you are not same, you are going to be purged.
Seeing Hulk and Thor in the video above was supposed to answer the question: why wasn't Thor and Hulk in Captain America: Civil War? We see what they are doing, but this still doesn't really answer the question, why? Captain America: Civil War was a metaphor about gun registration in America: each super-hero was being targeted to "register" with the government so the government could decide when, where and how their powers would be used, or even, if they would be given a chance to help at all (please see Perfect Teeth: Captain America: Civil War for more). Hulk and Thor obviously didn't have any opinion about either side being right or wrong (Thor wanted to fight just to fight and be needed, whereas Hulk just wanted to stay out of it altogether). Thor: Ragnork presents the consequences of not being awake about what is going on and taking a side on the issue, because Hela will clearly embody the socialist threat to the whole universe and try to destroy everything, so anyone--like Thor and Hulk--who failed to be interested or take notice, will not have to pay the consequences of ending up in a stadium-fight-to-the-death because they didn't take a side when they could have. 
The truth is, there are average people, like myself, who help to keep the world running in our day-to-day lives, while exceptional people like Thor occasionally save the world from extraordinary threats which ordinary people are not capable of doing. So, when we see Darryl typing an email for Thor, and Thor not understanding some of the basic rudiments of civilization in our modern world, it only heightens the specialized need we have for Thor, and the average need for Darryl. Later, there was an update on the roommates, and Marvel released this video, displaying some culture clash between the two:
This little video is probably the best way to piss off a Marxist known to man. I love it!
Don't think about "the rent" as actually being "rent" that people like you and I have to pay, rather, think of "rent" as being existential, and more like "purpose," I have to pay for my purpose now, I have to justify why I am here and that I deserve to have the life that I have,... Darryl can't use Asgardian coins to pay his rent, because is an average guy (like myself), he has to have an average means of paying his rent, like cash. Thor, on the other hand, is a hero, and as thus, he has to have heroic deeds to pay his existential rent, that is, without heroic deeds, he ceases to be a hero. Darryl would look absurd in Thor's battle armor, for example, because he doesn't "fit the bill," but Thor also looks really out of place in Darryl's workplace, because what Thor can do isn't required as a "necessary skill set" in Darryl's place of employment. So, Thor is right: those coins are worth a "gazillion" dollars, but they aren't helping Darryl because Darryl's rent is more mundane; without Thor's rent, however, there would not be an earth for Darryl to live in. Not too long after the rent debacle, the first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok was released:
Thor basically ends up like a lake perch in a net, but we have the establishment of an important pattern: Hela has to kill Thor in order to recreate everything in her image (sound like Hillary Clinton? Remember, she was expected to be president now when they were making this). Remember, too, that the last time Thor saw Loki, Loki died in his arms when they were trying to save Jane from the Aether; we know Loki used his powers to get Thor to believe that, even though Loki went back to Asgard and tricked Odin; if you saw Dr. Strange's end credit scenes, you know "Thor" supposedly sought out Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to help him find Odin, but it was actually Loki looking to get the Infinity Stone Strange was guardian of. So, Strange will be appearing in this video at some point, too. And, now that this second trailer has been released, just a few days ago, I knew it was time to make some comments and predictions:
Either a). Everything is being set up to destroy Thor's identity and make Thor look really bad because he can't send an email or answer a smart phone, OR, Thor's necessity is going to be proven and he's going to have to kill Hela and everything she represents. It's going to be a tough battle, because it's ain't called "ragnarok" for nothing. But if it weren't for Thor, and Hulk, it probably would be the end of all things.
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