Of the franchises that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think my favorite (and I never would have thought this prior to the films’ release) is Thor. I had no idea how they were going to take this guy with a winged helmet speaking in Shakespearean dialogue who lives in a magical castle at the end of a rainbow bridge and not make it utterly ridiculous. Kenneth Brannagh set the tone with the first film and poked just enough fun at it so we weren’t taking it too seriously, but at the same time back-dooring the gravitas and richness of Asgard and regality of the characters so that when you needed the dramatic moment, it had the foundation required.
The second Thor film is much more grim than the first film, but the story and the entire phase 2 of the MCU is a darker epic leading to Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the midst of the more serious moments though, you can always count on Loki. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has been one of the best surprises of the MCU and Thor 2 gave him much more leniency to use his shape-shifting powers. This provided us with the film’s funniest moment where Loki shifts into a gung-ho Chris Evans as Captain America. I think Evans must have had a blast sending himself up. It’s a much-needed moment of humor in a darker epic, but totally in keeping with the personality of the god of mischief.