Even if Captain America or Iron Man is usually your Avengers go-to, you can't deny that Thor was very often the MVP of the MCU. On the splendid occasion of Chris Hemsworth's birthday (August 11), here are some of the very best Thor moments. (SPOILERS if you haven't seen all the "Thor" and "Avengers" movies.)
1. When he remembered that yes, he *is* the God of Thunder.
Was there ever a better use of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" than Thor raining down lightning and thunder in "Thor: Ragnarok"? We think not.
2. When he threw shade at Bruce Banner.
Is insulting the very guy you're trying to get to turn back into Hulk the best plan? Thor just can't resist pointing out that Banner (Mark Ruffalo) isn't the fighter Hulk is.
3. When he was very excited to see an old friend.
Have Cap or Tony (let alone Nat or Clint) ever shown this level of enthusiasm about anything? Ever? Noooo.
4. When he first discovered coffee.
Mere mortals just don't understand the proper response to a great cup of joe, do they?
5. When we realized he was "really cut for a crazy, homeless person."
So maybe Thor's pecs aren't as epic as Cap's, but [ahem] ...
6. When he admitted Loki was adopted.
Thor is quick to inform everyone that Loki is "of Asgard" and therefore his responsibility, not theirs, in "The Avengers." Until they point out Loki's enormous body count. "He's adopted," he says sheepishly in one of the biggest laugh-getting lines in the movie.
7. When no one else was worthy to wield Mjolnir.
In some downtime in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the rest of the squad tries -- and fails -- to lift Thor's mighty hammer. "You're all not worthy," he says, casually flipping the hammer like it's no big deal.
8. When he realized he was still worthy
When Thor was banished to earth in his first solo film, he tried and failed to lift Mjolnir. But when he was willing to lay down his life to defeat Loki's Destroyer, he earned back his hammer. And in "Avengers: Endgame," when sad, alcoholic Thor journeyed to the past, he was overjoyed to realize he was still worthy. (And now he had two hammers to play with.)
9. When he happily traded hammers with Captain America
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wielding Mjolnir in "Endgame"? The crowd goes wild. Steve and Thor tossing Mjolnir and Stormbreaker back and forth in the middle of battle? Reminds us of when they had each other's back during the bleakest moments of the NYC battle in the first "Avengers" movie.
10. When he didn't understand about the monkeys.
Humans are so petty. And tiny. And why do they keep talking about monkeys? Thor does not understand that reference.
11. When he assures Star-Lord he's the captain.
We don't want to call Thor "insincere" or "not exactly honest," but it's hard to take him at his word in "Endgame," when he insists, "Of course, of course," that Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is the captain of the ship.