The best Thor series ever produced goes out on a high note. Fearing for Thor’s safety, Jane Foster calls Hank Pym, who caught in his own battles, alerts Iron Man.
It amazes me that Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee waited this long to debut Iron Man in Thor, the Mighty Avenger. The wait was worth it. Langridge brings back Tony Stark’s playboy image in a bouncy scene alluding to Timothy Dalton’s premiere as Bond, James Bond in The Living Daylights. That’s exactly how Tony Stark evolved. Subtract the alcoholism and heart damage, and Tony Stark is Marvel’s James Bond, albeit with an awesome suit of armor. Samnee remolds Iron Man’s suit to reflect the tin can prototype as well as modern expectations. The suit’s design answers how a genius like Stark might have realistically constructed an actual technological armored hide.
As much as I love how the movies convince me to suspend my disbelief, the suspension never goes beyond the two hours of playtime. I know, deep in my heart, that Iron Man’s armor as presented in the films is impossible. The armor in Thor, the Mighty Avenger may actually be feasible. It’s bulky enough to contain the hardware of Repulsor Rays yet elegant enough to represent the future of exoskeletons.
With all this talk about Iron Man, you may think, Tony usurps the main characters. Not at all. Thor is in usual form for Mighty Avenger, which is to say, perfect. Langridge come sup with a most novel explanation for the mysterious Mr. K’s obsession over Thor. Thor decides to show Mr. K the error of his ways, through the satisfying means of breaking things with a magic mallet. That never gets old, when executed by Langridge and Samnee.
Samnee presents Thor smiling, almost singing like perhaps a Warner sibling, as he smites Mr. K’s laboratory, sending K’s frightened flunkies into quick retreat. Thor looks hilarious as he attempts to clue in Iron Man to the obvious and he is magnificent when living up to his sobriquet of Thunder God.
Jane Foster, in turn, exhibits remarkable strength and compassion that easily exceeds Stan Lee’s and Jack Kirby’s weak tea fainting nurse. Langridge and Samnee empowered Jane without giving her powers. Instead, they gave her depth and dimension and above all made her a kind person. She never became Sif to win our hearts. All she had to do was stay Jane while still falling in love with Thor.
Thor, the Mighty Avenger was meant to be all ages title. It turned out to be the most mature. More like this please.