Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures have released the official plot synopsis for Thor and while brief, it does give an idea of what to expect in terms of general structure of the film's story.
In recent weeks, as the Thor cast and crew push further into principal photography, the Marvel movie news ticker has instead centered around that of the casting process for that other Avenger, you know, The First Avenger: Captain America. While we anxiously wait as director Joe Johnston and Marvel narrow down their choices in selecting who will play Steve Rogers in that movie, and while Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. light up the post-Oscar internet party with the unveiling of the second official Iron Man 2 trailer, we now have some more on Thor!
First and foremost, here is the official plot synopsis for Thor:
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, “Thor,” which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that 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.
It appears that a significant portion of the film will take place on Earth which counters some early reports indicating that the entire film will take place on Asgard with only the end on Earth. That of course, would be a waste of the talent of Natalie Portman so I am not surprised by this.
While on Earth, expect to meet some familiar faces and heroes including Agent Coulson (introduced in Iron Man) from S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury and maybe a cameo by Tony Stark/Iron Man. If fans get their wishes, there's still that rumor out there that Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner could play Hawkeye who, according to the actor, would likely first appear in Thor. With the attention this actor has gotten in recent months, he would be an incredible addition to Marvel Studios' line-up of onscreen heroes.
While keeping in mind what we know about Thor, our own Kofi Outlaw points out the possible downside in having some of the Marvel solo character movies spending time leading into The Avengers. Hopefully, and as we expect from Kenneth Branagh and co., this movie will act as a well-established and structured standalone epic that will work its own first and foremost, and as a sort of lead-in to the epic team up we all await.
That's not all though; If you're as excited as I am about the Kenneth Branagh production of Marvel's God of Thunder, then check out this set report by writer/director Keri Collins who had the opportunity to shadow Branagh on set recently.
"Obviously I can't reveal anything of what I saw whilst there but needless to say I had an awesome time and gained so much more than I expected in terms of career development. I think you guys are going to be very happy when the movie is released; what I saw absolutely blew me away.
I was also struck by just how friendly and welcoming everyone on set was, including the fantastic Craig Kyle and Kevin Feige from Marvel who could easily have told me to go away and stop malingering around their movie set, but instead made me feel like part of the team. I heard Craig talking to someone about one of the sequences in the movie and the passion with which he delivered it was so intense and engaging that it was almost like seeing the finished movie in my head right there! These guys care so much about the source material that I don't think the movie could be in better hands."
This coincides nicely with every single other report we've heard from the set of Thor. We at Screen Rant cannot wait until we get to see Asgard brought to life along with the costumes and weapons of our favorite Asgardian characters.
Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010, Thor opens May 5, 2011, The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.
Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes