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1. Thor (2011)
Films: Thor has always been a popular superhero for
Marvel Comics and, quite frankly, I'm surprised that he didn't
get his own live-action feature long before 2011. Heck,
he hasn't even been in cartoons that much!
I really enjoyed "Thor" and found it to be
one of the most easily watchable superhero movies to come out
in years. There are a few creative liberties the movie
made from the Thor saga in comics but, for the most part, it
was a pretty reasonable adaptation. What few changes
they made from the comics was more than made up for by the
fact that it's just a really great movie. I hope this
series continues for awhile.
(2011): This movie does a great job of giving a
superhero origin tale while still boasting plenty of
action. There is not one moment in the whole film that
drags. What helps is that Thor was always "super" to
begin with. There is no long, drawn-out story about how
he got his superpowers and became a crimefighter. Most
superhero origin movies like Batman, Hulk, and Spider-Man can
be very boring because you start out with very human
characters who become fantastic. Thor was always
fantastic, but he grows as a person and becomes more
human. THAT is a neat twist to the usual superhero
Long story short, Thor is sent to Earth by
his father Odin to learn some humility and become more of a
person. He meets his love interest Jane Foster who helps
him on his personal quest. During the course of the
story, Thor battles The Destroyer and Loki. The movie
ends with Thor defeating his enemies, but trapping himself in
Asgard by destroying the rainbow bridge that connects to
Earth. However, we all know Thor will make his way back.
I like Chris Hemsworth as Thor. I
thought he played it well and the personality is almost a dead
match for his comic counterpart. Anthony Hopkins is cool
in just about everything and he's got another winner in the
Odin character. Natalie Portman is also quite likable as
Jane Foster. I thought the entire cast was great, but
these three are the definite standouts. I like Rene
Russo and she's a high-profile actress, but her role as Frigga
(Odin's wife) is almost ignorable. She just doesn't do
much in this movie.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster
Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Ray Stevenson as Volstagg
Jaimie Alexander as Sif
Joshua Dallas as Fandral
Tadanobu Asano as Hogun
Rene Russo as Frigga
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury [uncredited]
- This film is NOT the first time Thor was
in live-action. Thor made his live-action debut in
the TV movie, "The Incredible Hulk Returns" (1988).
This was the first of the Incredible Hulk TV reunion
movies, and it was intended to spawn a Thor TV
series. Thor's origin remains the same: He was sent
to Earth to learn humility. In this film, Donald
Blake is a character. Unlike the comics, Blake does
NOT become Thor; the two are separate. Blake is more
or less Thor's sidekick in this movie.
- Eric Allen Kramer was the first to play
Marvel's Thor in live-action.
- Director Sam Raimi first came up with the
idea of a "Thor" live-action movie as far back as
1990. However, the project ended up in development
hell for years. By the time a "Thor" movie got the
green light in 2009, Kenneth Branagh became the director.
- Wrestler Tyler Mane, who had played
Sabretooth in "X-Men" (2000), was a choice to play Thor
when a TV movie was valued in 2000. Although an
excellent choice for the part, the project fell through.
- Ray Stevenson, who starred as the Punisher
in "Punisher: War Zone" (2008), plays Thor's comrade
Volstagg. He wore a fat suit for the role.