By Odin’s Beard! Can you feel the electricity in the air as the clock counts down to the much-anticipated release of Thor! Directed by the legendary Kenneth Branagh, this flick will not just be any run of the mill comic book-to-screen-movie. Other than the awesome effects you spied in the trailers, the movie also promises a complex tale of royal intrigue, sibling betrayal and redemption—all perfect ingredients of an epic of Asgardian proportions. With Branagh directing and Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Natalie Portman, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Chris Hemsworth and Clark Gregg in the cast and bringing gravitas to the movie, Thor is definitely one to watch. For the sake of all the non-comic geeks out there, here’s a little guide on the God of Thunder.
No.1 - He’s a GOD!
Yup, The God of Thunder and Lightning, the Son of Asgard! Unlike other Marvel comic book heroes whose powers come from new-fangled injections, metal armour or radioactive spider bites, Thor Odinson’s (that’s his real name) might and magic come from otherworldly and mystical realm of Asgard. Able to control lightning and thunder, Thor was banished to Midgard (Earth) to learn about humility and heroism. Word has it that the movie strays a bit from its comic book origins and instead of Thor and the rest of Asgard aren’t really gods at all but an advanced with really advanced technology that makes them god-like. Hmmmm… we wonder what the fan boys have to say about this. He’s played by Chris Hemsworth in the movie.
No. 2 - His Hammer’s name is Mjolnir
In Iron Man 2, we got a glimpse of a mysterious hammer after the end credits and comic book geeks everywhere squealed in delight. “A Thor movie!” they screamed. If you’ve been watching the trailers or follow Norse mythology, Thor’s power stems from his mystical and magical hammer, Mjolnir. The hammer’s like a mini nuke, able to destroy and crush anything in its path when struck. It also allows Thor to fly around. In the comic book series, Mjolnir is made of “Uru” metal, is supposed to only be able to be wielded by those who’re worthy, that is, of good and noble character. Few individuals in the comic series have ever held the hammer—at its side holds this inscription: Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. Captain America is one of those individuals (hint, hint).
No.3 – Loki: His arch nemesis
Adopted brother, The God of Mischief, antihero and all-round bad guy, Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston in the movie) is the devil incarnate. He is always on Thor’s case and is constantly plotting the poor guy’s demise or trying to steal Mjolnir. Maybe he’s jealous of Thor’s luscious blonde locks? According to Hiddleston, Loki’s just a kid who wants to please his dad (righhhht).
No. 4 – His dad’s Odin.
The big boss of Asgard—the ‘capital city’ of the Norse Gods—Odin is Thor’s father and Loki’s adoptive dad. The strained and strange relationship between the three plays like The Days of Our Lives or Dynasty. The hirsute numero uno Asgardian deity who’s played by the very excellent Anthony Hopkins wields the Odin-Force (oooooh) which is the power that enables Odin to be the strongest of the Asgardians, and the funny thing is that he also needs Odinsleep which is a state of deep sleep where Odin recharges the Odinforce and is left as vulnerable as a mortal—ripe for Loki and his minions to wreak havoc.
No. 5 – He’s An Avenger!
You guessed it. Thor is the second movie that will culminate in a mega flick that is The Avengers, a team of superheroes that’s set to hit theatres in 2012. The movie makers have been hiding Easter eggs all the way since Iron Man 1—Nick Fury cameo and then the Thor hammer plug—to pre-empt fan boys and comic geeks about the movie. So we got Iron Man and Thor. Next up will be Captain America and then Black Widow, Dr. Strange, Hawkeye, and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. post-Avengers movie, according to industry sources. Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L Jackson, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson will reprise their super-hero roles in The Avengers.
See the the trailer!