How do I know this? Because I, along with my fellow Marvel fangirls, have been waiting for this day for-freaking-ever. I mean, really. What could possibly be cooler than a Norse God, an All-American Super Soldier, a billionaire tech genius, some dude with a crossbow, the Russian assassin who works out more than me, and a HULK, banding together to save the world again?
Nothing. That's what. Nothing. Because I don't care how old I'm supposed to be on the outside. A horde of superheroes coming together to fight for the greater good is just all kinds of awesome. Even if this one is leading us into the Civil War. (Why, Marvel? WHY???)
Plus, staring at Chris Hemsworth in the Thor costume is just a bonus. (Thank you, Marvel, for moving to the sleeveless look!)
(Not Chris Hemsworth. Just pretty arms.)
But we mythology writers are all kinds of excited about this movie for a bonus reason. For us, the Avengers bring a bit of mainstream popularity to our fangirly world of Norse mythology. Most kids study the Greek myths in high school, and they're fantastic. They really are. But a lot of people don't get to study the dark, heavy, beautifully complicated Norse myths. (Why, teachers? WHY??? They are so very fun!) Which means that for a lot of folks, the Thor/Avengers movies are their first exposure to Norse mythology. But these tales are just a gateway -- there are SO MANY epic stories lurking in the myths!
Like the one where Loki kind of accidentally on purpose gave Thor's hammer Mjolnir to a giant, and Thor had to dress up as a bride and go steal it back. #classic
Or the one where Thor married Sif, and became the the world's coolest stepdad to her dreamboat son Ull -- the God of Winter AND Skiing. #IWantAnUll
Plus the one where Loki cut off Sif's hair, got in big time trouble, and had to replace said hair with actual gold. #WillCutHairForGoldenReplacementHair
And any of the ones involving Surtr, King of the Fire Giants. #BecauseIJustLikeSayingFireGiants
If you're as excited as I am about Age of Ultron and/or sleeveless Thor, hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, or here at NA Alley and we can fangirl together. And maybe, while you're at it, consider picking up a copy of the Prose Edda (the original mythology character guide), or a New Adult re-imagining of the myths. (#drool4ull!) And be sure to give a hearty hei hei if you see me or any of my fellow mythology writers in line at the movies on May 1st -- we'll be the ones wearing the super cool shirts. ;)
(Yes, this is my actual writing shirt. I am a total nerd. #LokiLove y'all!)