14. Embracing the Mythical Nuttiness of 'Thor'
After the huge success of The Dark Knight, studios suddenly wanted all their superhero movies to be dark, gritty and realistic. But how do you do that with a tale of superior beings who live on a different plane of reality and are inspired by the legends of the Norse gods? Answer: You don't. Rather than try and hide the wilder (or sillier, if you prefer) aspects of the Thor comics, Marvel Studios embraced them fully. Frost Giants, Asgard, the Rainbow Bridge, the Nine Realms — they're all present and accounted for, in eye-popping living color. The two movies haven't been great, but they've never tried to hide the garish, far-out fantasies that they are.