From what we’ve been told all along about the Thor movie, it would entirely take place in the mystical Asgardian realm, with only a tiny part of the movie (likely at the end of the film) taking place on Earth.
Strangely enough however, Variety’s article on Tuesday about a recent cast addition (more on that below) contained a sentence reporting that the story of the Thor movie “centers on a partly disabled med student who discovers his Norse god alter ego, the hammer-swinging Thor.”
For those unfamiliar with the comics, this med student goes by the name of Donald Blake who’s Thor’s other identity. Why or how? Well, Thor’s farther Odin wanted to have his son, the God of Thunder, to learn humility and thereby puts Thor into the body of Donald Blake as an act of punishment for his reckless behavior. Odin places Thor in the body of Blake who suffers from a lame leg and Thor acquires his memories while losing his own of being a god prior to this event.
Getting back to Variety’s report – the focus of the article is for another talented cast member joining Branagh’s mighty roster: Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Charlie Bartlett) has officially joined the cast of Thor and will play the character of Darcy, who works alongside Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
So, Variety’s statement about the story doesn’t seem to be the case from what we know so far and the story may not center on Blake at all, but may only include him during part of the movie – we have to wait and see on how that part of the story unfolds.
So while it may be obvious that Donald Blake will be included, or at least introduced, in the Thor movie – especially with the fact that Natalie Portman is playing a nurse of Blake’s and his love interest – It may not be the case. Hercules at Ain’t It Cool News may have found otherwise. From Hercules’s post:
“Variety’s assertion contradicted some of what we’ve heard, so we contacted a 100% tested and solid source, someone intimately familiar with the movie Kenneth Branagh is making, and he or she tells AICN Donald Blake is definitely NOT in the movie.”
That’s strange. Does that mean when Thor reaches or enters our realm, he is only Thor? Then what are Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings’ roles for and how will they interact with the title character? I’m not sure I buy that Blake isn’t in the movie at all but if he isn’t, I’m curious in how the character will be handled when he’s banished to Earth and meets our human characters.
When Portman was cast as Jane Foster, Marvel’s official press release read:
Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: Thor. This epic adventure 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.
If he’s cast down to Earth, and assuming director Kenneth Branagh isn’t completely abandoning that specific aspect of the Thor comics, then Blake must be in the movie in my estimation. That, or story thread is being heavily altered for the film’s sake.
Either way, this movie will be awesome and I’ve been looking forward to it for years. With all of these casting announcements gaining praise and helping the movie gain popularity, Thor is finally getting the attention it deserves. It is the solo character movie I look forward to most from Marvel Studios.
How do you like them Golden Apples? (Thor reference).
Thor hits theaters May 20, 2011 and you know I’ll be there.
Sources: Variety, AICN
Portman/Foster image courtesy of Times Online