In 2011, Marvel Studios in partnership with Paramont Pictures, brought us Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh and the fourth entry into the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe. It takes a less magical look at the Norse mythology, but bridges an important aspect of these Marvel films.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the Prince of Asgard and soon to be crowned as king of the realm by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins). However, after a group of ice giants break into the vault, Thor, his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) along with friends Syf (Jaimie Alexander), Volstagg (Ray Stevenson), Fandral (Josh Dallas), and Hogun (Tadanobu Asano), head to the ice giant realm, but cause enough trouble that the King of the Frost Giants (Colm Feore) declare war, despite Odin’s pleas.
In his anger, Odin casts Thor out of Asgard and down to Earth, stripping him of his powers until he can become worthy enough to lift his hammer Mjonir. While powerless, he encouters scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her friend Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård). When SHIELD takes his hammer hostage, Thor encounter SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and unbeknown to him, Loki is scheming to take Asgard’s throne.
While I did enjoy this movie, I have to admit, it felt a little lost. While origins movies are fun, it did not help me feel like a step forward for the franchise. It is strictly an introduction for Thor and Loki. Watching for a second time, I do not dislike it, but I do feel like it is not the best. Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings as Lucy just somewhat meander through the story. If they had not been in it, it would not have made much of a difference.
I feel like Branagh did not know what to do with the material and did his best with what he had to work.
That being said, Hemworth and Hiddleston have amazing chemistry as the rival brothers. Their talent and humor, along with the force that is Anthony Hopkins, carried the movie, making it a worthy entry into the MCU.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Whosoever is worthy to lift this hammer, shall possess the power of Thor.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence and foul language
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This article has been updated from a previous version.