Considering the span of my life that's been dedicated to covering the development of Marvel's Thor from page to screen, it's almost surreal to think that there's little more than a month left until The God of Thunder slings his mystical hammer across the big screen.
At this point, after multiple trailers, images, and posters, promotional materials for the film are edging dangerously close to "showing too much" territory, but the new Thor TV spots we have for you today walk that line tightly enough to give us a peek at some of the bigger action sequences in the film, without blowing all the cool parts of the movie before we have a chance to see it.
For those who don't know, here's the storyline for the movie adaptation of 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.
Up until now, the Thor trailers have primarily focused on the story behind The God of Thunder's banishment from Asgard, his time on Earth and relationship with Portman's Jane Foster, thereby providing audiences who aren't familiar with the source material a more grounded and realistic introduction to this character and his story. (As well as giving the filmmakers time to polish the visual F/X.) However, we comic book fans want to know about something much more important: the action!
Well, in these new TV spots you'll see Thor in the heat of battle. You'll also get quick glimpses of how his mystical hammer, Mjolnir, looks onscreen, complete with its mystical powers at work (flight, thunder, responding to Thor's mental commands).
Check out the new Thor TV Spots below, courtesy of The Movie Box:
These TV spots clearly display why Marvel chose to convert Thor to 3D. However, even with sequences like POV shots of Mjolnir knocking down frost giants like ducks in a row, or Thor summoning a massive vortex to battle The Destroyer armor, I'm not certain that this film is going to offer the sort of visuals that are deserving of the 3D ticket price. I'm not knocking the film, but after the experience of Clash of the Titans' abysmal 3D post-conversion debacle, I'm pretty much skeptical about ANY film where a 3D format was added on as an afterthought. For my money, Thor will be perfectly fine in regular old 2D.
Thor storms theaters (2D and 3D) on May 6th.
Source: The Movie Box