Thor (film)

2011 film directed by Kenneth Branagh

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the comic book character of the same name published by Marvel Comics and is the fourth film released as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film tells the story of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder who is exiled from his homeworld of Asgard to Earth. While there, he builds a relationship with scientist Jane Foster. However, Thor must stop his brother Loki, who intends to become the new king of Asgard.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne.
Two Worlds. One hero.

Odin edit

  • Once, mankind accepted a simple truth: that they were not alone in this universe. Some worlds man believed home to their Gods. Others they knew to fear. From a realm of cold and darkness came the Frost Giants, threatening to plunge the mortal world into a new ice age. But humanity would not face this threat alone. Our armies drove the Frost Giants back into the heart of their own world. The cost was great. In the end, their king fell, and the source of their power was taken from them. With the last great war ended, we withdrew from the other worlds and returned home at the Realm Eternal, Asgard. And here we remain as the beacon of hope, shining out across the stars. And though we have fallen into man's myths and legends, it was Asgard and its warriors that brought peace to the universe.

Dialogue edit

[Incensed about Thor, Loki, Sif, and the Warriors Three's mission to Jötunheim, Odin brings them back to Asgard]
Thor: Why did you bring us back?
Odin: Do you realize what you've done? What you've started?
Thor: I was protecting my home.
Odin: You cannot even protect your friends! How can you hope to protect a kingdom? [Throws Heimdall the sword. Heimdall catches it. He turns to Fandral, who was injured in the fight] Get him to a healing room! Now!
Thor: There won't be a kingdom to protect if you're afraid to act. The Jotuns must learn to fear me, just as they once feared you.
Odin: That's pride and vanity talking, not leadership. You've forgotten everything I taught you about a warrior's patience.
Thor: [Getting frustrated] While you wait and be patient, the Nine Realms laugh at us. The old ways are done. You'd stand giving speeches while Asgard falls!
Odin: [Suddenly shouting] YOU ARE A VAIN, GREEDY, CRUEL BOY!!!
Thor: [Just as loud] AND YOU ARE AN OLD MAN AND A FOOL!!!
Odin: [Hesitantly, obviously hurt] Yes. I was a fool... to think you were ready.
Loki: Father–
Odin: [To Loki] HAEEERGH!!! [To Thor] Thor Odinson, you have betrayed the express command of your king. Through your arrogance and stupidity, you have opened these peaceful realms and innocent lives to the horror and desolation of WAR! [starts stripping Thor's armor] You are unworthy of these realms! Unworthy of your title! You're unworthy! Of the loved ones you have betrayed. I now take from you your power! [gets Mjolnir] In the name of my father [removes arm braces] and his father before, I, Odin Allfather, CAST YOU OUT!!! [Banishes Thor to Earth; whispers to Mjolnir] Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. [Throws Mjolnir to Earth]

Thor: You, What realm is this? Alfheim? Nornheim?
Darcy Lewis: New Mexico?
Thor: You dare threaten me, Thor, with so puny a...
[Darcy tasers Thor, Jane Foster and Erik Selvig look at her]
Lewis: What? He was freaking me out!

[Thor and Jane are on the roof sitting next to a fire; Thor sees Jane suddenly go quiet]
Thor: What's wrong?
Jane: S.H.I.E.L.D. Whatever they are, they're gonna do everything in their power to make sure this research never sees the light of day.
Thor: No, Jane. Listen to me. You must not give up. You must finish what you've started.
Jane: Why?
Thor: Because you're right. Here, look. [Opens her notebook] Your ancestors called it magic and you call it science. Well, I come from a place where they're one and the same thing. [Thor is connecting the circles in her notebook]
Jane: What is that?
Thor: My father explained it to me like this, that your world is one of the Nine Realms of the Cosmos, linked to each other by the branches of Yggdrasil, the World Tree. Now you see it everyday without realizing. The images glimpsed through... what did you call it? This Hooble Telescope.
Jane: Hubble.
Thor: Hubble Telescope.
Jane: Tell me more.
Thor: So, the Nine Realms. [Points to circles] Now, there is Midgard, which is Earth. This is Alfheim. Vanaheim. Jötunheim. And Asgard. And that's where I come from.

[A S.H.I.E.L.D. patrol notices a massive robotic figure near town]
Agent Jasper Sitwell: [Staring at the Destroyer] Is that one of Stark's?
Agent Phil Coulson: I don't know. The guy never tells me anything.

[Thor approaches the Destroyer]
Thor: Brother, whatever I have done to wrong you, whatever I have done to lead you to do this, I am truly sorry. But these people are innocent. Taking their lives will gain you nothing. So take mine and end this.
[The Destroyer deactivates for a moment but then lashes at Thor, throwing him back and severely injuring him]
Jane: No! [Runs for Thor]
Thor: It's over.
Jane: No. It's not over.
Thor: I mean, you're safe.
Jane: We're safe.
Thor: It's over. [Thor dies]
Jane: No... no...
[Jane begins to cry and the Destroyer stomps away; Thor's sacrifice proves him worthy again, and Mjolnir returns to revive him in an impressive display of electricity]
Jane: Oh... my... god.

[Jane approaches Thor after his revival]
Jane: So is this how you normally look?
Thor: More or less.
Jane: [Impressed] It's a good look.

[Loki sees Thor try to destroy the Bifrost Bridge]
Loki: What are you doing? IF YOU DESTROY THE BRIDGE, YOU'LL NEVER SEE HER AGAIN! [Gets up and tries to prevent Thor from destroying the Bridge]
Thor: Forgive me, Jane.
[Loki tries to stab him with Gungnir but he manages to destroy the Bifrost Bridge and save Jotunheim; the ensuing explosion sends them both flying in the air only to be caught by Odin before they fall over the Bridge]
Loki: I could have done it, Father! I could have done it! For you! For all of us!
Odin: No, Loki.
Thor: Loki, no! [Loki lets go and falls into space] NO!
Odin: No.
Jane: [Sees anomaly disappear on telescope] It's gone.

Odin: You'll be a wise king.
Thor: There will never be a wiser king than you– nor a better father. [Long pause] I have– much to learn. I know that, now. Someday, perhaps– I shall make you proud.
Odin: You've already made me proud.

[Thor approaches Heimdall who still remains Gatekeeper even with the Bifrost destroyed]
Thor: So Earth is lost to us...
Heimdall: No. There is always hope.
Thor: Can you see her?
Heimdall: Yes.
Thor: How is she?
Heimdall: [Sees Jane fiddling at lab] She searches for you.

[Post-credits scene: Dr. Selvig wanders around an underground base]
Nick Fury: [Greeting him] Dr. Selvig.
Selvig: So, you're the man behind all this? It's quite a labyrinth. I was thinking that you had taken me down here to kill me.
Fury: I've been hearing about the New Mexico situation. Your work has impressed a lot of people who are much smarter than I am.
Selvig: I had a lot to work with: the Foster theory, a gateway to another dimension – it's unprecedented – isn't it?
Fury: Legend tells us one thing; history, another. But, every now and then, we find something that belongs to both. [Opens a suitcase, which contains a small cube]
Selvig: What is it?
Fury: Power, Doctor. If we figure out how to tap it, maybe unlimited power.
Loki: [Appears, invisible, in a mirror and whispers to Selvig] Well, I guess that's worth a look.
Selvig: Well, I guess that's worth a look. [Smiles]

Cast edit

  • Chris Hemsworth – Thor
  • Natalie Portman – Jane Foster
  • Anthony Hopkins – Odin
  • Tom Hiddleston – Loki
  • Stellan Skarsgård – Dr Erik Selvig
  • Idris Elba - Heimdall

About Thor (film) edit

  • I think we love the escapism of something like Cinderella and I think we do with Thor. And as long as we can believe that there is a connection between us and a bunch of guys riding on horses across a rainbow bridge in space and somehow connected to the Norse myths, we get the adventure, we get the escape, we get the immersion in another world that’s different from ours so we’re really happy to go to a big darkened room to see that.
  • VAN METER: What bothers me about Thor is the same thing that irks me about Superman: he is just too damn super. At least he doesn’t have just one weakness like Superman with kryptonite. Is the new Thor as omnipotent? Or is he more complicated?
HEMSWORTH: His biggest challenges are his own personal demons and personality traits. He is a chip off the old block of his father. He has the tendency to think about problems in the form of destruction, or to act before he thinks, often with a fair amount of aggression. His journey is coming to terms with directing that passion in the right place and the responsibility of living up to expectations. And depending on what world he’s on and who he’s fighting, he certainly has people who are on the same level of strength who challenge him. But for us, it was about how to relate to someone with so much power, who is seemingly untouchable. I think there is a very human story in the center of it, about father and son and brother and brother.
  • VAN METER: Thor is a Norse god, so why does he speak with an old English accent and always say thee and thy?
HEMSWORTH: For whatever reason, we relate to anything godlike with an English accent. The English are very proud of that. And with anything Roman or gladiators, they have an English accent. For an audience, it is an easy trick to hook people in.
  • At the beginning of this film, he’s certainly a brash, cocky warrior who’s about to inherit the keys to the kingdom, and his father thinks that he’s not ready. It’s the journey of him learning some humility through the film. I think he’s one of those people who has his heart in the right place. He’s doing what he’s doing for his family and to protect the kingdom, and he thinks it’s the right way to do it. It just happens to be a very aggressive way of doing it, which probably isn’t the right way. It’s about tempering that raw emotion that he drives off most of the time, into the right direction.
  • Q: Chris, with the physical demands of the role aside, how did you approach the role of The Mighty Thor?
HEMSWORTH: I started with the comic books. I didn’t read all of them – there are 40 or 50 years worth – but I certainly read enough to get a sense of who he was and the world he was from. And then, I read some things on Norse mythology and the fatalistic view they have, that everything is pre-ordained. That would lead the Vikings into a fearless attitude in battle and with their lives. They would certainly back their opinions and they were not swayed easily. That spoke volumes to me about the character. You fill your head with whatever information and research you have, but on set it was just about making it truthful and finding a simpler way that I could relate to it. Instead of thinking about how to play a powerful God, it became about scenes between fathers and sons, and brothers. You personalize that and that helps ground the story for an audience. That way, we can relate to it and, hopefully, an audience can too.
  • Q: Tom, did you see Loki as the hero of the movie?
TOM HIDDLESTON: Well, I think there are no villains in this world. There are just misunderstood heroes. I think Loki thinks he is the hero. Essentially, if you boil this film down to this barest elements, it’s about a father and two sons, and both those sons are brothers competing for the love and affection and pride of their father, Odin, played by Tony [Hopkins]. There’s a deeply misguided intention within Loki, and he has a damage within him. He just goes about getting that pride in the wrong way.
  • Q: Tom, when you were crafting Loki, was it with a trajectory towards The Avengers? Will Loki continue down that path in The Avengers?
HIDDLESTON: Really, I took the character that I saw in the comics. Loki is a master of magic, and in the Marvel Universe, he’s the agent of chaos. His super-power is his intelligence, if you like. He’s a shape-shifter and has the ability to stay 10 steps ahead of everybody else. So, Ken, Chris, Tony and I all talked about having those layers. He’s someone with a fierce intelligence, but also a very damaged heart.

Taglines edit

  • Two Worlds. One hero.
  • Courage is immortal.

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