Sara Lance’s Legends of Tomorrow outer space plight has a lot of Thor: Ragnarok echoes and the Arrowverse show has even more in common with Thor.
Warning: SPOILERS for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 6, Episode 3 – “The Ex-Factor”.
Sara Lance’s (Caity Lotz) outer space abduction highlights how similar DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 6 is to Thor: Ragnarok, and the Arrowverse show is even leaning into it. The Legends’ team leader was taken by aliens and is now stranded on a bizarre pink planet that is owned by the mysterious being who ordered her kidnapping along with many of the universe’s other most dangerous beings. White Canary’s plight echoes what Thor (Chris Hemsworth) endured when he was captured on Sakaar in Ragnarok.
Taika Waititi successfully reinvented the God of Thunder with Thor: Ragnarok by honing in on Chris Hemsworth’s comedic chops and telling a story about how Thor endured the losses of his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins), his hammer Mjolnir, and even the destruction of his entire world of Asgard, while simultaneously unlocking the power within himself and reasserting his innate heroism. Thor also reconciled his relationship with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), reconnected with the Hulk and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), and made new friends in Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg (Taika Waititi). But while Thor was stranded on Sakaar, he was forced to compete in the Contest of Champions because he under the thrall of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), a powerful and weirdly charismatic lunatic.
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Legends of Tomorrow season 6, episode 3, “The Ex-Factor”, drew a blatant comparison to Thor: Ragnarok when Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) tried to comfort Sara’s fiancée Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) by assuring her, “I bet Sara is pulling a Thor: Ragnarok and she’s kicking some aliens’ asses, and they’re all shouting her name, “Sara! Sara! Sara!” While that’s not quite the situation Sara finds herself in – Lance was just poisoned by Amelia Earhart (Kirsten Robek), who turned into a monster – she is still in a jam that has some obvious correlations to Thor. The alien who abducted Sara turned out to be Gary Green (Adam Tsekhman), who was supposed to ferry Lance to “a power-hungry space lord” the way Valkyrie kidnapped Thor to sell to the Grandmaster as a slave. In fact, like Thor and Hulk, Gary is the “friend from work” Sara knows and is lucky (or unlucky) enough to have at her side during her intergalactic peril.
By the end of the Legends of T0morrow episode, Sara followed a clone of Ava into the domain of the very being who ordered her abduction: Bishop (Raffi Barsourmian). Instead of being a monstrous alien, Bishop appears to be humanoid and politely prepared for his guest, Sara, to arrive. Like the Grandmaster, Bishop is the unquestioned master of his world but he’s not outwardly a monster. Instead, Bishop seems to have some charm, although he’s evidently insane like the MCU’s Grandmaster since he ordered the abduction of beings from all over the universe for reasons he hasn’t disclosed.
The similarities between Legends of Tomorrow and Thor: Ragnarok actually go back much further than Sara being kidnapped by aliens. Both Thor and Legends of Tomorrow suffered from early growing pains. The first two Thor movies were problematic, especially Thor: The Dark World, which most fans regard as one of lesser films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Legends of Tomorrow season 1 also had conceptual problems as the Arrowverse series struggled with its tone, characters, and concept. Legends‘ solution was to embrace zaniness and to proudly become the weirdest Arrowverse show, to the point where fans and critics also began hailing it as one of the best superhero series.
In late 2017, the same time Legends of Tomorrow season 3 went for broke with its time-traveling wackiness, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, a comedic but heart-filled reinvention of the God of Thunder, hit theaters and became a fan-favorite blockbuster that also won critical acclaim. Indeed, Thor: Ragnarok and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are kindred spirits in their respective universes, and the Arrowverse has now declared that the Legends not only watched Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian superhero but their show emulates Thor.
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