Originally Posted by Marvolo
Because it's not always about being able to top yourself. Thor doesn't need to top that lightning strike. He just needs to handle his next villain in an equally creative way. Joss Whedon gets this and has said it's not about topping everything he did last time. Also Nolan got this. He didn't hold something back cause he was afraid he couldn't top it or needed to save it to the last film. In each film he gave it his all and did what he wanted to do. Then if he got another film he did what he needed to do in that film. This saving the best for last or holding back for fear of not being able to top it is an awful way to run a creative process. Whatever film they are producing should be the best it can be and not artificially constrained. They could have went ahead with this in this film. Then in his next film he could use Mjolnir in an equally epic yet different way. There is no need to save an idea for down the road. Use the ideas you've got and let the next director come up with his own cool Thor moments on the next film.
That lightning strike would have been the most talked about thing in the film. Kids minds would have been blown. Hell, my mind would have been blown. Instead Thor throws some B.S. earth science rod things into our villain and some pseudo science stuff happens. Hell, I can't even recall the finer details of how he finished Mal cause it so damn stupid. I vaguely remember his ship may have fallen on him. Which is good in a comedic way, I guess.
*And, please please, let's not turn this into a flame war just cause I mentioned Nolan. I'm just pointing out the differences in the creative processes. I like DC and Marvel and will not engage in any back and forth about which is better. They both have pros and cons. Neither is perfect.
I wasn't even going to mention Nolan, LOL! But, I do wish TDKR had a more creative ending because it ended too similarly to BB. You're recalling Malekith's death correctly. I see your point about not saving things, but I don't entirely agree with it. Look at Superman: The Movie. Now that you established he can reverse time, then where is the struggle? If anyone gets in trouble, he can simply just spin the Earth back and try again. It hurts the stakes of the series. I'd rather not see that in the 1st movie. In the case of the lightning strike, I have a similar feeling. True, they can come up with something for Thor 3 if this had been used, but most ideas off the top of my head are similar. Odin Force juices him, he taps in Yggdrasil, etc. Doesn't mean another one isn't out there, but it's what I am coming up with right now. Plus, I think they wanted the humans to do something other than run and stare at the very end.