I’m in the process of reviewing openers for a collection of films based on Marvel Comics heroes. This one is Thor, with Chris Hemsworth in the title role. It’s from 2011, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. My images are from the DVD. Details are from Wikipedia.
I’m not going to recap the entire plot. This is just to give you a flavor. The opening scene shows Tonsberg, Norway, an actual town, but the date is 965. The people of the north countries in those times were apparently afflicted by the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, who raided them, freezing everything solid. Considering Norway, that’s not hard to imagine. To the rescue come the Asgard, lead by good king Odin. the Frost Giants are driven back into their realm and held there. Odin prepares to anoint his son Thor as his successor.
Things go badly, and Frost Giants infiltrate the Asgard defenses, causing much death and destruction. Against his father’s wishes Thor leads an unsuccessful attack on Jotunheim, incurring his father’s wrath and winding up with his being projected to Earth. Research scientists observe the atmospheric phenomenon of somebody being transported to Earth, and in their haste to escape the vortex, young and sexy scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) hits Thor with the van. They take him to the ER in nearby Puente Antiguo, New Mexico, where he comes to and aggressively resists.
Meanwhile, Thor’s hammer (Mjolnir) is likewise transported to the New Mexico desert, where it makes a big splash and creates a large crater. A man in a pickup truck discovers it but is unable to pull it from the ground. Tourists are attracted. Also the U.S. government. Things are about to get rowdy.
Jane finally corrals Thor and fits him with some Earth clothing. They are much appreciative of each other.
Back in Asgard, Thor’s adoptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plots to take over his stepfather’s realm. Transport between Asgard and points beyond are worked through the bifröst bridge, here being manipulated by Loki.
Thor’s warrior friends come to Earth to assist, and Loki sends the Destroyer to out-of-the-way Puente Antiguo to destroy Thor and just about everything else. A coordinated attack by Thor’s friends fails, and they pull back. Thor shows his gallantry, and his hammer is returned to his hand from the crater in the desert, allowing him to defeat the Destroyer.
Thor and his friends must return to Asgard, and he bids an affectionate farewell to Jane, vowing to return. It’s the closest thing to any real sex in this movie.
Unfortunately, Loki destroys the bridge before perishing, himself, preventing Thor from ever getting back with Jane. We know there’s got to be a sequel, because the audience is going to want to see Thor and Jane get in some good sack time.
This a comic book movie based on a comic book theme, but it’s more than just a 3-D rendition of a flat work. A movie production allows for greater depth, and this possibility is exploited in the Marvel Studio productions. I previously reviewed Captain America: The First Avenger, and I have a few more left in this project. Keep reading.