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Valkyrie influences Thor to change his point-of-view
Thor’s father’s passing and the release of his sister, Hela (Cate Blancett), from her prison magnifies the Physical problems involved in preventing the end of Asgard. From the Objective Story Throughline perspective, we witness the inequity of continually charging in to fight: Hela’s takeover and destruction of Asgard’s army, the Grandmaster’s Contest of Champions, the liberation of the gladiators on Sakaar, and the return to Asgard to face Hela only increase conflict—and the death and destruction that follows.
being the heir to a kingdom
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the son of Odin, the rightful heir to the kingdom, and the one person in his family concerned with ensuring the legacy of his people. His position in the Universe sets Thor apart from everyone else in the narrative. Through his Main Character Throughline, we feel the personal effects of pursuing what is right and fighting evil regardless of who stands in our way—even if it’s someone close to us.
believing nothing is worth fighting for
Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) provides the challenging Influence Character perspective of the narrative. Having made up her Mind a long time ago that not everything is worth fighting for, she presents a rational approach towards keeping yourself alive: run and live to fight another day. Valkyrie represents the path not taken by Thor, their shared point of origin providing enough familiarity to grant growth in Thor’s personal Throughline.
being in a dysfunctional relationship with someone
Originally conceived to be romantic, the Relationship Story Throughline between Valkyrie and Thor that appears in the final film centers around mutual respect ✊. Dysfunctional at best, these comrade-in-arms experience the Psychological inequity of charging in as a matter of trust. The skepticism encountered over their conflicting belief systems drives them to manipulate one another to achieve their individual goals.
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