First ‘Thor’ Clip Is A Mixed Bag

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

Chris Hemsworth as Thor first movie clip First Thor Clip Is A Mixed Bag

Marvel has been teasing fans for weeks now with promotional material for its upcoming Thor movie. The studio has released several character banners, movie posters, and TV spots in the past month alone, in case people weren’t already aware that the God of Thunder will be making his big screen debut this summer.

Now Marvel has released an official clip from Thor - and it’s a mixed bag, to be honest. While a minute of footage doesn’t reflect that much on a film as a whole, this particular scene illustrates what could work – and what may not work – in Kenneth Branagh’s comic book adaptation.

For context: This clip from Thor takes place in the aftermath of the titular character’s (Chris Hemsworth) arrival on Earth, having been banished from the realm of Asgard by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). The resulting natural phenomena that surrounds Thor’s arrival attracts the attention of a trio of scientists – Professor Andrews (Stellan Skarsgård), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and her assistant Darcy (Kat Dennings).

Check out the resulting scene from Thor (via MTV) below:

What little we see of Hemsworth as Thor here does support Tom Hiddleston’s recent comments about the actor not being self-conscious while portraying the brass and brawny warrior, even as a regular human. Portman isn’t required to do much here, other than look concerned and pretty – though, to be honest, I get the feeling that’s what she’ll be doing for a good chunk of the running time. Take that as you will.

This clip won’t abate the concerns of those who figured Dennings would be stuck providing easy comic relief in the movie, as seen in the second Thor theatrical trailer. Darcy isn’t actively annoying here, and she hopefully won’t join the long list of irritating comical sidekicks in action blockbusters (see: Jar Jar Binks, Short Round, etc.); still, it just seems so blatant that the character is here to get laughs. On the other hand, given Branagh’s background in Shakespeare, maybe that’s the whole point – Darcy is meant to be recognizably “the fool” of the piece. Anyway, moving on…

Asgard in the movie Thor First Thor Clip Is A Mixed Bag

The realm of Asgard in 'Thor'.

One last thought: the Earth-set sequences in Thor so far have featured noticeably heavy use of Dutch (read: slanted) camera angles, and I’m reminded of Branagh’s well-spoken comments about what he considers key to visually distinguishing scenes set in the real world from that of Asgard:

“It’s about finding the framing style, the colour palette, finding the texture and the amount of camera movement that helps celebrate and express the differences and the distinctions in those worlds. If it succeeds, it will mark this film as different…. The combination of the primitive and the sophisticated, the ancient and the modern, I think that potentially is the exciting fusion, the exciting tension in the film.”

We’ll see if that approach pays off when Thor arrives in U.S. theaters on May 6th, 2011.

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  1. How is it that Thor, “the God f thunder” be affected by electricity from a taser? Maybe it’ll make sense after watching the movie.

    • because his dad takes away his powers and makes him human to learn a lesson. (sorry nerding out there) :)

  2. Nothing wrong wit a bit of humour just as long as the movie doesn’t lose any potential epicness when things shift to Earth.

    But I have to protest – Short Round!!! – absolutely nothing wrong with him – defnitely a legend in my eyes and only added to the entertainment. It was always Kate Capshaw that was the irritating sidekick in the movie

    • I would agree with that.

  3. I’m not convinced with Kat Dennings’ role at all. A waste of space in my opinion, and an attempt to make light of one of the most iconic and noble superheroes ever penned. This isn’t a Ryan Reynolds movie, and Dennings isn’t Ryan Reynolds. Branaugh should know when humor is appropriate, and more importantly, who tries to deliver that humor.

  4. If you read the script, Darcy’s mostly appears in the beginning of the film and only in a scene or 2 at the end. All-together she’s in the film for like 10 minutes, maybe less than that.

  5. This movie has looked nothing but awesome from the start. the fact that people keep knitpicking on katt dennings being somewhat the comic relief i find to be very annoying. like, you cant just be eager to see something? you need to find some small insignificant thing to say “oh man, this looks like a stupid move, could ruin the movie” it totally wont ruin anything. they want to appeal to everyone, and just like real life, there sometimes people that can be a bit annoying. to quote alan moore “Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky.”. so to me, it makes sense that a big summer comic book film would try to pepper a little of everything in there and not be totally serious, minus the pornography of course.

    • Do we have to minus the pornography?

      • Well, kids will be seeing this, so I have to say that’s a YES. Of course, being from Latvaria, you wouldn’t know that. :-D

        • HA!

  6. One month five days and counting…

  7. This screams low budget. Smalltown USA. Cheap sets. And what’s with the all the dutched cameras?

    • Rpin,

      When I saw the small (tiny) town scenes in the trailer I thought the same thing.

      Vic

  8. Wasn’t really concerned about this scene. I mean, sure, thor’s clothes are a little off. but who cares? Hemsworth at the very least sounded awesome (his voice was arrogant and commanding, very believable). And I’m used to seeing portman playing the ditsy concerned character(star wars ep.3 im looking at you). Still just as excited as ever to see this movie in theaters.

    • her first movie role was The Professional. natalie portman is far from ditsy. Star Wars suffered when george lucas left the director guild and thought he cls do the whole thing by him self. smh

      END RANT

  9. if i recall…when he’s away from the hammer for more than a short time,
    he reverts to human…no powers

  10. Looking forward to the flick…it is raising my original expectations…but Asgard ic above looks like “Pipe-organs Gone Wild!”

  11. Looks real good. I’m all in on every superhero flick this summer. My one gripe, I can’t stand Portman. Loved her in The Professional but can’t stand her in anything else. But again, she won’t stop me from enjoying this movie.

    • The only film I didnt like Portman is was the Star Wars prequels, but everybody aside from Neeson sucked in that movie.

  12. I thought Portman was great in V for Vendetta..

    • You know what, I agree with that. She was good. Excellent movie.

  13. For the the first few seconds felt…..awkward.

    I also really don’t get how he can be taken down by a simple tazer but it was funny regardless. :) (I hope Loki doesn’t find out about these high tech weapons Asgardians seem vulnerable to!)

    • Mantra…read before posting, read before posting.

      First sentence should read:

      The first few seconds felt……awkward.

    • If I am not mistaken, when he is casted out, he becomes mortal. Do not get me wrong, he is still a 6 ft and some change, 200 plus pound guy, who is in great shape with some type of war driven fighting skills. In other words, you are not just going to run up on him. He still basically human though and lost his god-like powers due to his banishment. If iam not mistaken…lol

  14. What I’m guessing is, he can get taken down because he’s not at his “god power level” or whatever. He gets cast out, loses his hammer, and gets weakened. He’s still powerful, but not at normal Thor level, since he’s been cast out. Otherwise, how could SHIELD capture him.

  15. I sort of wished Jane Foster character stayed as paramedic. I always liked the idea that Thor was inspired by jane risking her life daily to actually become a hero and not just a warrior. otherwise it almost feels she is there just for a random romantic interest which makes her look even weaker compared to Sif (Thor’s Asgaridan booty call). Still excited for the movie regardless.

    END RANT