Disclaimer: This is a preview (not a review)
Marvel Comics has been dominating the superhero movie industry for the last few years. Non-comic book fans have been introduced to such superhero favorites as the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and Iron Man, each filled with top of the line graphics and awesome fight scenes. The next superhero Marvel is bringing to the big screen is Thor, set for a May 6 release.
Thor follows its title character Thor (Chris Hemsworth, Star Trek), an arrogant god-like being from another dimension. His father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs), banishes him to Earth after Thor reignites an ancient war on his home world. Hot on his tail is his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who is bent on taking over Earth. Thor then has to figure out what it means to be a true hero and defend his new home.
Every superhero of course has their own pile of cool powers and abilities to help stop evil – and Thor is no exception. Just like the Norse God for which he is named, Thor can wield his powerful magic hammer Mjollnir, as well as control the forces of lightning. On top of that he’s also incredibly strong, impervious to damage and can fly. Comic book fans know well how powerful Thor can be, having been witness to his toe-to-toe battles with Marvel powerhouses like Juggernaut, Hulk and Galactus. If these battles look half as good as they do in the comics, then the film will definitely be a must see.
Thor is part of a series of films that is building up to the Avengers movie, set to come out sometime next year. The Avengers will have nearly all of Marvel’s recent superhero movie stars revising their roles for a superhero showdown. This includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Chris Evans as Captain America, whose movie will be joining Thor this summer. This is the biggest superhero film undertaking in human history – and promises to pack a super punch like no other.