The movie Thor was in the theaters a year ago, and is now available for rental. I really enjoyed this movie because it is funny, has a lot of action, and also has some hidden gems of Christian symbolism. The symbolism will be the focus of the remainder of this article.
Here is a quick movie synopsis from http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/thor/ “The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans. When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.”
Thor is the god of thunder and son of Odin the king of Asguard. He stands to inherit the throne from his father, but his stepbrother Loki seeks to steal the throne through his deceptive plot. Loki has obvious similarities with Lucifier. He is a deceiver, and who deceptively appoints himself as King. Intially, Thor is arrogant and proud. Loki insights him to rebel against their father. As a result, Odin, the father, casts him out of Asguard, and strips him of his immortality and his hammer “mjolner”. This is similar to the fall of Adam. He was deceived by the serpent and chose to rebel against God. Thus Adam was no longer clothed in righteousness because of his rebellion, and found himself naked in the presence of a holy God. Odin sends mjolner to earth and commands, “If anyone is worthy they will possess the power of Thor”. Several men try to lift the hammer, but it will not move. They are all unworthy. Thor finds the hammer. He cannot lift it either, because he has become unworthy of its power because of his rebellion. The hammer seems to represent righteousness, because Adam lost it at the fall and no human can achieve right standing with God in his own strength.
Thor is arrogant and expects people to serve him when he firsts comes to earth. However, when he finds mjolner and is unable to lift it. His contenance changes. Then the character of Thor shows characteristics of Christ, the second Adam. Thor cares for the people he is with. He is shown serving them breakfast and doing the dishes. He teaches Jane about how their worlds are linked together. Thor and Jane fall in love. Thor’s humble character is displayed by him serving them breakfast. Then ultimately by him laying down his life to protect them when Loki sends the destroyer to earth. In so doing his hammer and immortality are returned to him and he is resurrected with the power and standing he initially lost. At that time the humans see him dressed as Thor, the god of thunder. Thor embraces Jane and tells her, “I must go back to Asguard, but I give you my word I will return for you”. He then kisses her good bye and leaves. Jane and her friends stand looking toward the sky after he leaves.
Thor returns to Asguard to defeat Loki and remove him from the throne. Odin’s health is restored and the Asguardians are having a banquest. Thor is not pictured eating. When his friend asks his mother how he is doing she says, “He misses her, the mortal.” Thor’s father tells him he will be a wise king, which is also a picture of Christ. Thor then goes to the gatekeeper and inquires of earth. “Can you see her?” Thor asks. “Yes.” the gatekeeper replies. “How is she?” Thor inquires. “She searches for you.” the gatekeeper answers. The last sceens of the movie show Jane doing her scientific research looking for Thor. And the final sceen shows Thor in his heavenly realm looking longingly toward earth where Jane remains. Jane seems to represent the church which seeks to learn about Christ and know him deeper, and also looks for his second coming to earth. Thor shows Christ looking toward his bride on earth longing to be with her.