Thor Trailer: Superman with a Hammer

29 Jul
Kenneth Branagh is an acclaimed Shakespearean actor so naturally if he was going to be involved in a Superhero movie he would choose the one based on Norse Mythology.
Thor is the first Marvel Studio’s comic book adaptation that is seriously risky. Thor isn’t a witty web-slinger, a billionaire playboy with awesome toys or even a dark superhero struggling with metaphysical questions of truth and justice.  Thor is the hammer wielding God of Thunder, and he speaks like he wrote Beowulf.
This is what I’m talking about on the left there, you’ve got a couple hundred million dollars to make that cool. You can’t use phrases like ‘burst worth’ or words like ‘enchanted’ without being stuffed in a locker. But Thor is a founding member of the Avengers so you kind of have to fit him in somewhere or comic nerds everywhere will revolt in a tanless uprising the likes of which haven’t been seen since they stopped making pocket protectors.
But to balance things out here we’ve got Kenneth Branagh directing a film starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman with Anthony Hopkins. We’ve got Queen Amidala herself with Hannibal Lecter and a very large Australian man who looks like the a Hitler Youth recruiting poster.   Sounds about right for a Scandinavian superhero who spends a good bit of his time fighting in the mythical realm of Asgard, which exists somewhere above earth…sometimes located over Oklahoma. (I kid you not)
Based upon this 5 minute preview from Comic Con I think Marvel has done pretty well.

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2 Responses to “Thor Trailer: Superman with a Hammer”

  1. Chris July 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Michael, Michael, Michael…

    I don’t see how telling the story is any more outlandish than a boy that gets bit by a radioactive spider or a man whose heart is powered by an perpetual energy device.

    He does not speak as if he wrote Beowulf (which is olde english). Just a little stranger than most comic characters. He has been a good fit with the Avengers for almost 40 years and will continue to be in this modern adaptation.

    He is not Superman-like at all. Superman is not a god, he receives his power from Earth’s sun because Krypton’s sun was different. Had Superman stayed on Krypton he would have no power. Thor’s power comes from his Hammer (also giving him flying capabilities.

    Let’s clear up one last thing. Chris Hemsworth is Australian not Austrian. Born in Melbourne. Which based on his age probably makes his grandfather around the WW2 era age and who probably fought against Nazi German in WW2. To say he looks like a Hitler youth members is a little strange. In fact it would make sense for him to look like Hitler’s vision of the “ubermench”. The Nazi strongmen models were based on the Aryan Race, which some scholars have concluded came from Norse ancestry. Seeing as though Thor is a Norse god that would be consistent.

    Bottom line: This movie looks damned good. Much better than I hoped it would!

  2. Kelly July 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Gotta agree, the Hitler Youth comment was strange. But this movie looks pretty good, and Hemsworth seems like he will fit the part well.

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