Round 2: Thunderstruck

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By Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief

The case for “Thor”
Chris Hemsworth as Thor was a great pick for Marvel Studios. His ironic humor and backstory is something unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor’s inner-conflict to prove himself worthy of the throne was the best possible way to introduce the character. Thor’s relationship with Loki is also a great foundation for issues that arise in 2012’s “Avengers.”
The case for “Iron Man”
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, stated in a Vanity Fair article that originally, there was no big plan to make The Avengers movie. Iron Man was the first movie to test the waters and did so well that not only did the new Marvel Studios realize that they could make more movies, but that they could tie them together. Robert Downey, Jr. was perfect for the role of Tony Stark and contributed to the success and hype of the movie.
The hints of romance and the snarky humor round out the action and the cool technology, especially Pepper Pott’s sassy humor. Some of the best touches in the movie are Stark’s interactions with J.A.R.V.I.S, his A.I. assistant, and the robots in his workshop that seem to have personalities despite an inability to talk.

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Winner: “Iron Man”
The original “Iron Man” set the framework not only for the MCU but comic book movies in general. “Thor” lacked in uniqueness. The film felt like a typical origin story before “Iron Man” came out, a pretty substantial setback.
Though “Iron Man” strives during the entire film, and Robert Downey Jr. proves that he is Tony Stark, he is Iron Man. Chris Hemsworth’s role as Thor did not hold the same weight. It didn’t feel he brought anything truly unique to the character. Chris Hemsworth later redeems himself in “Avengers”, but in context to “Thor”, it just does not hold up well.
“Iron Man” is the clear winner in this.