This Just In! ET’s Four Minute ‘Thor’ Set-Visit Video

Last week, everybody was all abuzz over this photo of Chris Evans in Captain America costume, but frankly I’m I’ve never been a fan of the show when I was a kid. Well actually, neither was I on this Thor story, in fact I had no idea what the comic book was about. That is until I read that Kenneth Branagh is directing, and a slew of awesome cast is revealed that suddenly I was intrigued (read my Thor flix spotlight post for the plot/cast details).

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Chris Hemsworth in THOR costume

I hardly ever watched Entertainment Tonight as it’s mostly full of trashy and gossip-y stuff about pseudo celebs I’d never spend a minute paying attention to. But every once in a while we’ve got something worthwhile, and this one certainly is. WOW, I had no idea Chris Hemsworth was on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars show. Too funny! Natalie Portman herself was bemused, but the Aussie actor was rather proud of that fact, ‘… it’s much more prestigious in Australia…” He..he.. ok, we believe you, Chris! 🙂 Looks like another unknown rugged Aussie actor is plucked out of obscurity the way Sam Worthington was with Avatar.

Anyway, I wish they had shown more than a super brief glimpse of him in costume as the ancient God of Thunder, as well as Anthony Hopkins with his eye patch as his father, Odin. I was a bit baffled by the modern day setting (isn’t he supposed to be in ancient mythology world like Clash of the Titans?). Well, apparently according to this interview with Branagh, the epic will be split between the present day and the ancient world of Asgard.

At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

This is what Branagh said on the subject: “Inspired by the comic book world both pictorially and compositionally at once, we’ve tried to find a way to make a virtue and a celebration of the distinction between the worlds that exist in the film but absolutely make them live in the same world,”

We’ll see how he’ll pull that off come May 6, 2011.

19 thoughts on “This Just In! ET’s Four Minute ‘Thor’ Set-Visit Video

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  2. David Scholes

    I enjoyed this. In particular I do think Anthony Hopkins looks good as All-father Odin. Although he is a little smaller than Marvel’s 6′ 8″ giant.

    Hemsworth is also loking the part, though the latest costume concept art is a little disappointing.

    I can hardly wait to see the Thor movie.

    I’ve been a Marvel Thor fan since 1962 and also a long time Marvel fan fiction writer:

    If you haven’t already done so check out my Marvel fan fiction. Just scroll down below my author profile and you will see over 40 fan fiction stories here:

    I’m also an Australian science fiction writer and the Norse gods Odin and Thor are featured in just a couple of my science fiction stories:

    I have a new novella “Soldier of the Brell” coming out soon as an e-book.


    1. Thanks for your comment, David. Nice to hear from a real Thor fan, I’ll be sure to check out your site. I have to admit I didn’t know hardly anything about the story of Thor, but I’ll ‘educate’ myself before the movie comes out. I’m keeping an eye on this project and will blog about it from time to time, so hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes on all your projects!

  3. the only interesting thing we’ve learned from ET report is that Chris was a competitor in DANCING WITH THE STARS Down Under :))) Positively charming.
    I still don’t like that plastic and cold Natalie Portman.

    1. Yeah that got a giggle out of me, too. Though now that he’s bulked up quite a bit he might not be as flexible as a dancer anymore 🙂

      Awww Dez, no love for miss Portman? I never thought of her as plastic nor cold but hey, I guess to each their own.

    1. Well, that’s ET for ya. But y’know, it’s actually not bad compared to other supposedly ‘exclusive’ clips they advertise endlessly during the show, I’m not talking about Thor but just movie promo clips in general.

  4. I watched this over the weekend, and even though it doesn’t have much, I was still tickled by seeing some footage behind this movie.

    Hemsworth has gotten HUGE for this role though. My god.

    I am really excited for this movie, but I came to the realization that this movie is going to be coming out pretty much exactly halfway into my deployment next year. Grrrr.

    1. Hi Red, yeah I wish they had shown more of the filming stuff, but seeing Anthony Hopkins in that costume is way cool! Hmmm, I didn’t think Hemsworth was that huge but then again I’ve only seen him briefly in Star Trek so I’m not too familiar with him.

      Oh too bad about the timing of this movie’s release. Pardon my ignorance, but I presume you’re talking about your military deployment, right?

      1. haha, yep. Gotta head over in Janurary and come back on November, so like I said, this is gonna be coming out pretty much right at the halfway point.

  5. Looks pretty badass! Originally I thought Captain America would be the badass comic book film in summer 2011 with Thor being the mediocre one. However now I feel the complete opposite. Thor has a amazing cast and director (like you mentioned) and hopefully it we don’t have to wait too long to see a trailer.

    1. I personally think Thor is going to blow Capt. America out of the water, but what do I know 🙂 I don’t know who else is in CA besides Chris Evans, was Stanley Tucci’s role confirmed? Anyway, it’s gonna be tough to beat Branagh AND Anthony Hopkins IMO. Oh, and Ray Stevenson! I love him in HBO’s Rome.

    1. Darren

      There can, but they’ve been among the best of the blockbusters of the past few years, so I’m not complaining. Plus, Kenneth Branagh given the keys to a blockbuster immediately has my interest.

      1. I think Branagh’s involvement is what piqued my interest as well. It’ll add that Shakespearean sensibility to the otherwise run-of-the-mill superhero flicks.

  6. Darren

    Yep, I think everyone has been surprised by this. As Dreher said up above, I was very much in the “Captain America’s gonna be awesome!” camp and then all this Thor-related news starts breaking and I’m just bowled over (particularly when it seems like Joe Johnston just wandered on to the set of Captain America with no idea of what the hell he’s doing).

    The only thing I’m disappointed with is that Brian Blessed is not Odin, as originally rumoured. Which is a shame, because I could totally believe he fathered the god of thunder.

    1. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be interested in Capt. America, but we’ll see. Don’t kill me but I’ve never heard of Brian Blessed. Upon googling who he is, he does seem to look the part, he’s not nearly as well-known as Hopkins. I like the cast actually, let’s hope the script is as stellar.

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