Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated movies of 2011 is Marvel’s Thor. The epic action film is directed by Shakespearean heavyweight Kenneth Branagh and will be a critical lead-in to The Avengers movie. Thor has already impressed fanboys around the world with its awesome Comic Con trailer, sweeping images of the massive Hall of Asgard, and photos of the ridiculously ripped Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself.

However, none of the previous releases have captured the awesomeness of Hemsworth in full Thor gear quite as well as the most recent cover of Empire Magazine. Coming our way via HeyUGuys!, this first look at the upcoming cover gives us perhaps the best full body look at Thor in costume so far. HeyUGuys has some additional images scanned from inside of the magazine, but the best image definitely comes from the cover.

Check out the cover image, slightly enhanced for your viewing pleasure, below.

I think the Thor costume looks much better in darker light. Some of the previous promotional images made the suit look somewhat cheap – specifically the chainmail, which had a plastic-like appearance. This image, on the other hand, really shows off how cool the chainmail and the hammer look. I especially like how the lightning reflects off of the hammer. Obviously, the image has been doctored heavily to look as stylish as possible, so it’s not necessarily a great representation of how the suit will look in action onscreen, but it’s very cool nonetheless and Hemsworth certainly looks the part.

In addition to Chris Hemsworth as the titular God of Thunder, Thor features an impressive cast including Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor’s father; Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Thor’s evil brother; and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Thor’s human love interest. The film hits theaters on May 20, 2011.

Source: Empire via HeyUGuys!