Thor is easily one of the more highly anticipated films of 2011, as it’s the first feature film to adapt the incredibly popular Marvel comic book based on the Norse god of thunder. Additionally, the trailers thus far have received way more adulation from the Internet than that other early summer blockbuster superhero movie.

The Thor movie posters, on the other hand, have been fine and dandy but nothing to write home about. Today, however, IGN has two brand new posters that are both elegant and beautiful and indicate that Thor isn’t some fluffy, C-cinematic experience that you’ll forget about a half hour after it’s over (Iron Man 2, I’m looking in your direction).

In addition to being, as I said, beautiful and elegant in their simplicity, there seems to be something dark and mysterious about these Thor posters, thematically-speaking. The posters are less whimsical in nature, like, say, a Harry Potter film, and more sinister, if only minimally. We’ll see if that plays out in the film at all.

Check the new Thor Posters below:


It’s interesting that the latter of the two posters has “God of Thunder” front and center, because everything from the trailers and from the mouths of Marvel people (Kevin Feige, specifically) has indicated that this version of Thor won’t be a Norse god of thunder at all; rather, he’ll be your regular, run-of-the-mill space alien with super lightning technology (or something).

Which certainly isn’t as offensive to me as Captain America taking out all of the swastikas for marketing and merchandising purposes and making Red Skull a member of Hydra instead of the Nazi Party. Still, I’d much prefer it if Thor were, at the very least, a Jack Kirby-esque cosmic god, because a “space alien” with such beautiful, flowing, blonde locks is just hilarious.

Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Stevenson, Kat Dennings, and Tom Hiddleston, hits theaters May 6th, 2011.

Source: IGN

Header art by Bryan Hitch