Marvel Studios gave fans at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con the very first look at their upcoming 3D feature film Thor, which isn’t due in theaters until 2011.
The panel included Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Kat Dennings, and director Kenneth Branagh, as well as producer Kevin Feige.
One valuable piece of information about the film was disclosed by director Branagh concerning Thor’s mortal life.
“We have some Don Blake surprises in this movie. So do not assume that he is not included,” Branagh revealed.
As far as the video they screened, I was ultimately satisfied. The 3D elements didn’t overpower the overall visuals and instead (at least from what I saw) added texture and a bit of depth to a few scenes. See the full description of the footage here below.
I’ll admit I was worried the movie was far too plastic and bright judging from the screen shots they provided in the week prior to SDCC. But I am happy to say that from the footage screened to the audience, I am fairly confident they could actually pull this off.
Hemsworth’s onscreen appearance *is* Thor. His hair is much longer and the addition of facial hair makes him look like a hardcore Norse god. He literally towered over everyone else when taking stage next to the cast members for the Avengers movie. [READ: SDCC 2010: “˜Avengers’ Cast Debuts On Stage, Plus Teaser Clip Description] And when he throws the hammer, it (at least from the limited number of examples) looks really cool.
The costumes and vibrant colors that bugged me from the screen shots seemed muted with the shots of mortal Thor in realistic settings, although I don’t know that I’d feel this way upon viewing the whole movie.
And probably my favorite portion of the footage was the shots rising up through the cosmos to Asgard — then again, there’s also when Thor is cast out of the kingdom. There was no goofy rainbow bridge, which would basically ruin any badass viking vibe they might be aiming for.
There was also a line where Thor explains how magic and science are the same thing for the gods, which framed how I looked at the approach to this movie. It seems like they are going to allow it to be a hard sci-fi film without ruining the super-hero dynamic.
A detailed description of the entire clip is listed below for anyone who wasn’t at Comic-Con and can’t wait for official trailers…
Footage opens with lightening striking.
At the S.H.I.E.L.D. building.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) says to Thor: “One way or another we find out what we want to know. We’re good at that. It’s not easy to do what you did, you made my men — some of the highest trained men in the world — look like minimum wage mall cops. [It cuts to shots of Thor beating up the SHIELD agents.] It takes someone who received similar training. Why don’t you tell me where you received that training? Afghanistan? Chechnya? You strike me more as the Solider of Fortune type. Who are you?”
Close up on Thor’s face. He has a small cut on his cheek. He doesn’t respond.
Odin (Anthony Hopkins in Asgard, part voiceover: “I have sacrificed much to achieve peace, so too has a new generation sacrificed to maintain that peace. Responsibility, honor, it’s not mere virtues we must aspire to, it’s essential to every soldier, every king.” [We see the world of Asgard and its soldiers; Odin in his throne room.]
ODIN to THOR: “Thor, Odinson, through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened this realm and innocent lives to the horror and devastation of war. You are a vain greedy, cruel boy.”
THOR: “And you are an old man and a fool!”
ODIN: “Yes, I was a fool to think you were ready.
LOKI [steps forward towards Odin]: “Father?”
Odin yells at Loki something to make him keep out of it.
ODIN to THOR: “You are unworthy of the title. I now take from you your power. I cast you out!” He stripes Thor of his cape and hammer. “In the name of my father and his father before him, I cast you out.” We see Thor being cast out and landing on Earth.
Natalie Portman as Jane Foster finds him lying on the ground at nighttime and asks him to open his eyes, which he does and then he says “Oh no, this is Earth.”
Jane wonders “Where did he come from?”
We see shirtless Thor, Portman and her assistant Kat Denning’s character Darcy looking at him.
“What happened to you?” Portman asks Thor.
Jane voiceover: “We are on the verge of understanding something extraordinary.”
THOR: “Your ancestry called it mythology, you call it science, I come from a place where it’s one and the same.”
Thor says something about “reclaiming what’s mine.”
Cuts to Asgardians walking. Frigga (Rene Russo) says to Loki “The line of succession falls to you, Asgard is yours.” We see Odin dying.
Voiceover: “Whoever wields this hammer if they be deemed worthy shall have the power of Thor.”
Thor is approaching the hammer and tries to take it from the stone, and he can’t do it, he screams in frustration and anger.
THOR: “For the first time in my life, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.”
Loki is now proclaimed King of Asgard.
LOKI: “I am the leader of Asgard, I am your king” as the Asgardians bow down before him.
Thor and Jane kiss.
We finally see Thor in his caped suit, and he throws the hammer.
Thor fighting with the hammer.
Throughout he footage we see a black character in Asgard with strange eyes in a suit, he’s angry and menacing. Look like it’s Heimdall, played by Idris Elba.
ODIN voiceover: “He has disobeyed the command of his king, his fate is in his own hands now.”
Last scene. SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson and his men, looking at something. One of the agents asks Coulson “Is that one of Stark’s?” as we see a Destroyer came towards them. “I don’t know,” Coulson replies, “he never tells me anything.”
Big metal giant destroyer comes at them. Agent says to it “You are using unregistered weapons technology, identify yourself.”
Someone yells “INCOMING!” as the Destroyer shoots a blast at them from its face plate, and they run for cover.
Footage description by Empress Eve; photos by Dave3.