(sorry i’m just watching bits and bobs from a camrip hence all these posts) i think it was some sort of a review of Dark World, idk if article or tumblr post and i’m definitely not taking credit, that said something about superhero movies that i haven’t forgotten since then: that we all know the superhero will win in the end, what makes for a good plot is to see what they will sacrifice in order to win.
and it makes so much sense when you contrast dark world and ragnarok. i said quite recently that the ending of dark world (read: boss fight in london) bores me. this article/review posed it as this: the main emotional loses of that movie had already happened, mostly with loki, but definitely with frigga too. the ending is nothing but running around throwing punches, and yeah, that includes the science bullshit they injected into it.
ragnarok is like the perfect example of how it works by adding the sacrifice. holy shit. the boss fight isn’t even too long or anything. but the stakes are there, visibly. and the sacrifice is MAJOR. the ending isn’t about “i punched harder than i thought i could”, it’s about “i saved what really mattered but gave up what had mattered all my life”.
(thor 1 depends on how you look at it - the sacrifice of the bifrost that will stop thor from seeing jane for a couple of years? eh. the sacrifice of full on fighting your brother on the other hand…. mmm)