Thor Production Begins Today

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thor header Thor Production Begins Today

With one Marvel hero down and out, we have the Mighty God of Thunder stepping up to lead comic book fans into the summer blockbuster season of 2011.

I’m of course referring to Spider-Man 4 being officially scrapped today. Yes, believe it or not, Sam Raimi with his crew and cast have parted ways with Sony Pictures and the studio is instead pushing forward with a reboot of the franchise scheduled to begin in 2012. Not to worry though; We have a more powerful superhero set to make his origins known to the world on that same day Spider-Man 4 was scheduled to release. Marvel still kicks off the season next summer.

Thor, my most anticipated Marvel Studios character film, begins production today with one final substitution made to Kenneth Branagh’s ensemble cast in the form of Stuart Townsend getting the boot for replacement Joshua Dallas in the role of Fandral the Dashing.

Here’s the official press release:

January 11, 2010 – Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography on the highly anticipated feature film Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh. In Thor, Chris Hemsworth portrays the title character with Tom Hiddleston in the role of Thor’s brother Loki, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Additionally, the studio has cast Academy Award winning actor Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Renee Russo as Frigga, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Josh Dallas as Fandral, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Idris Elba as Heimdall, as well as Colm Feore, Kat Dennings and award-winning actor Stellan Skarsgard. The film is slated for release in theatres domestically on May 6, 2011 via Paramount Pictures which will also release the film on a worldwide basis.

The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

The screenplay for Thor was penned by Mark Protosevich as well as Ashley Miller & Zack Stentz, and Don Payne. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige will produce the film. Alan Fine, Stan Lee, David Maisel, and Marvel Studio’s Co-President, Louis D’Esposito, will executive produce.

In addition to Thor, Marvel Studios is also scheduled to release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including Iron Man 2 on May 7, 2010, The First Avenger: Captain America on July 22, 2011, and The Avengers on May 4, 2012.

With the start of principal photography, I cannot wait to start seeing some of the amazing sets and costumes that have been constructed for this big budget production.

Are you as excited as we are about the Asgardian Avenger?

Thor takes over Spider-Man 4 for a new release date of May 5, 2011.

Source: Marvel

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  1. All I can say is “Hell’s YEA!!!!!”
    (pardon my language please)

  2. I wonder how long until a teaser?

  3. @ M-Cat,

    Comic-Con baby – I can’t wait

  4. I cant wait for all those Screen Rant scoops !

  5. I’ll be in line while its still dark out in the morning to make sure I’m in for that ;)

  6. I hope this means well start getting some capt America news. Also i am excited for a hammer time revival.

  7. Time will tell how good this will be. It will either be dead on, or absolute crap (aka the first hulk movie). I still am having problems with the kid playing Thor, but will reserve judgement till I see him in full costume and maybe some spoken lines as well. My biggest hope is for Captain America, cause I am sorry but almost ev1 I talk to is saying Captain America is the most anticipated movie from Marvel yet, not Thor. Here is hoping this movie is a blockbuster not a dud

  8. I wonder what if the story will focus more on his human life or in Asgard. Either way I can’t wait to watch him use Mjolnir. Hell I’d even pay money to watch him re-shingle a roof with it.

  9. ya rob u better get the inside scoop on that one and post ASAP im talkin postin while u r in the room.

  10. I cannot freaking wait for this movie!!!!!!

  11. Lovin’ Thor !!! A thought about a Spidey reboot, David Fincher spoke about Spidey being the only comic character he would be interested in doing a film for….

  12. Good luck to the guys making this movie! Hopefully it will be one for the ages.

  13. Cannot wait for this one, it has one of those wow sort of casts that happen very rarely. I have zero knowledge of the character and therefore very few expectations.

  14. What with Brannagh directing I can’t see how this can be anything but awesome.

  15. can anyone tell me how marvel will plan to bring thor to present day earth without casting his alter ego don blake? and why is marvel excluding the don blake character from the movie since he was a major person in the thor comic,s .

  16. @Paul77- YOU have said it all! This brilliant team of film makers will NOT fail!