Why Chiwetel Ejiofor’s New Show Will Be So Familiar To Thor Fans
In The Man Who Fell to Earth, an alien lands in New Mexico and meets a scientist – plot points reminiscent of what happened in 2011’s Thor.
Warning: SPOILERS for The man who fell to earth Episode 1 – “Hi Spaceboy”
Many aspects of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s new Showtime TV show, The man who fell to earthwill be familiar to fans of Thor. Based on the 1963 novel by Walter Tevis, The man who fell to earth is an expansion of the cult 1976 film starring David Bowie as Thomas Jerome Newton and directed by Nicholas Roeg. In The man who fell to earth Ejiofor plays Faraday, an alien from the planet Anthea who comes to Third Rock from the Sun to save us and his own world from an environmental disaster.
2011 Thor was one of the first Marvel Cinematic Universe films and it introduced the concept of the Asgardian gods of Norse mythology to the MCU. Long before writer-director Taika Waititi managed to revamp Thor to take advantage of Chris Hemsworth’s natural comedic talents, the original Thor The film was a mix of science and myth from director Kenneth Branagh, where the God of Thunder is banished to Earth without his powers to teach him humility. Thor meets astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and they quickly develop romantic feelings in what was the MCU’s first foray into the rom-com genre. Meanwhile, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has taken over Asgard and sent the Destroyer to kill Thor, while the Thunder God’s presence on Earth is also being tracked by SHIELD. As the first MCU movie, Thor holds up better than its sequel, Thor: The Dark Worldand it was an important step that led to The Avengers in 2012.
Whether it was intentional or not by director Alex Kurtzman and his co-writer, Jenny Lumet, The man who fell to earthThe first episode of “Hallo Spaceboy”, is very reminiscent of Thor. Like the God of Thunder, Faraday arrives on Earth in New Mexico, with the series making great use of the dusty desolation of the state to express how daunting the alien’s mission is. Just as Thor met Jane, who is one of the world’s greatest astrophysicists, Faraday needs the help of Justin Falls (Naomi Harris), who is also a scientist. Jane struggled to prove her theories in Thor but Justin is in an even more desperate situation The man who fell to earth. A former scientist at MIT, Justin’s failed attempt to create a cold fusion power source left her out of favor. Now Justin works dangerous odd jobs to earn enough money to buy medicine for his sick father, Josiah (Clark Peters), while she also cares for his young daughter.
There’s no romance between Faraday and Justin (yet), and their team in The man who falls to earth is much more reluctant than the crazed Jane Foster wanting to help Thor. However, Jane and Justin deal with how their alien friends lack the proper human social graces. Haughty Thor smashed coffee cups in a restaurant, but that was far less embarrassing than how Faraday arrived on Earth not knowing any kind of human behavior and had to learn on the fly, which brought everyone world, from the police who arrested him to the diners they meet at an extremely uncomfortable roadside rest area. But Thor spoke perfect English and could blend in with society while Justin, who initially doubted Faraday was an alien, thought he was part of the spectrum.
Of course, Faraday’s arrival was noticed by the CIA and its agent, Spencer Clay (Jimmi Simpson), who is more dangerous and amoral than SHIELD’s Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) could ever be. The end of The man who fell to earth Episode 1 also sees Faraday bring Justin to a desert location, which ends up being in the middle of a tornado where Faraday meets his alien predecessor, Thomas Newton (Bill Nighy). This is reminiscent of the final battle scene in Thor when the Destroyer came to Earth to meet the Thunder God, who upgraded and defeated the Asgardian Robot. The man who fell to earthThe premiere of focuses on Faraday and Justin and misses ThorComic relief from Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), which highlights how important the supporting cast was to making Thor a nice watch.
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The man who fell to earth airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
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