Thor (2011)

10:00-15:00

The moving eye in a case is the Warlock’s Eye. In the comics, it was the weapon of Thor foe Harokin.

Odin decides to take a really long pause between the words “I declare you…” and “…King” even though everyone knows what they are there for, and we can only assume he is taunting his son, because he is a terrible father. In the end, that pause ends up ruining several lives.

It is also worth noting that Odin is making everyone stand for the entire ceremony.

A Frost Giant attacks the vault’s soldiers. He actually comes out from behind the Warlock’s Eye. Great security, Odin.

We assume those two guards died.

Odin then senses the Frost Giant that has, we assume, been in the castle for quite some time. Odin is terrible at detecting Frost Giants in his own home.

Enter the Destroyer.

The Destroyer in Thor (2011)
The Destroyer in Thor (2011)

Journey_into_Mystery_Vol_1_118 The Destroyer is taken from the comics, and the filmmakers do a great job of bringing the fantastic look to life. It is a powerful, magical armour, created by Odin, to fight more powerful foes. It has featured for decades in Thor storylines.

He first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #118, July 1965. He was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.

He kills several Frost Giants.

Just before the second Frost Giant is killed, there is the slightest glimpse of a golden glove. It resembles The Infinity Gauntlet, a vessel of infinite power when used to hold the six infinity gems. It comes from the comics, used most prominently by Thanos in the miniseries The Infinity Gauntlet in 1991. It will play a big role in the films to come.

Odin, Thor and Loki survey the damage. Odin points out to Thor that he is not King, and that his plan to delay saying the word King has worked out.

Thor is comforted by Loki, then Sif and the Warriors Three.

Thor mentions they are going to Jotunheim, home of the Frost Giants. The same is derived from their home in Norse mythology, and is used in the comics as well.

Fandral talks about how they get to Earth. It’s an allusion to the Rainbow Bridge, which we will see later.

There was an extended version of this scene

They cross remarkable CGI vistas. The music here is Ride To Observatory.

15:00-20:00

They encounter Heimdall, played by Idris Elba.

Idris Elba as Heimdall in Thor (2011)
Idris Elba as Heimdall in Thor (2011)

Heimdall exists in Norse mythology, and plays a similar role. He is the gatekeeper of Asgard, keeper of the Bifrost/Rainbow Bridge and has incredible sight and senses. Those are characteristics that carried over to the comics version of the character.

He first appeared, alongside Loki and Odin, in Journey Into Mystery #85, October 1962. He was created by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Larry Lieber.

00c15e3626ae92e343c4ed9f233e098eElba broke out in a big way in the HBO TV series The Wire. He quickly rose to the A List, starring in films such as Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Pacific Rim. Elba told BlackFilm:

“It’s an actor’s dream and not just an actor’s, but like a boyhood dream, to be a in a superhero movie or play a superhero. I did it when I was a kid, Spider-Man, climbing up and down walls and stuff.”

And they enter the Bifrost – also known as the Rainbow Bridge. This also exists in Norse mythology, and is the bridge between the human world and Asgard.

In the comics, the Rainbow Bridge also exists, but it’s just a literal (albeit magical) bridge that looks like a rainbow, where people walk along. Not a zapping teleportation ray as depicted in the film.

The music is To Jotunheim.

And the team arrive on Jotunheim. Another CGI vista, and no location.

They encounter Laufey.

The music is Laufey.

20:00-25:00

Thor strikes. And the fight is on.

The music is Frost Giant Battle.

Hogun has a mace with spikes. In the comics, his weapon was a normal mace.

Sif has a double sword. Her comics counterpart was known for her sword.

Fandral, like in the comics, has a normal sword.

The only one to deviate is Volstagg and his axe.

Loki also uses his projection powers. something else he has done in the comics.

He also discovers he is impervious to the touch of the Frost Giants. There is nothing in the comics about the effects of being touched by a Frost Giant. But it’s good shorthand for telling us something is up with Loki.

25:00-30:00

Thor and team manages to defeat many of the Frost Giants and a massive beast.

Odin arrives, and drags the team away. Why does he bring a horse? Is he hoping to just put another creature in danger? What an terrible horse-owner.

Laufey and Odin in Thor (2011)
Laufey and Odin in Thor (2011)

There’s a bit of Asgardian stuff being said here. Thor calls the Frost Giants the Jotunn. Both terms are essentially interchangeable.

He also mentions the Nine Realms. This is a core part of Norse Mythology. We will meet more realms, but it is the wider universe, and Asgard is one of the realms.

Odin decides on his course of action. The music is Banishment.

Father of the year Odin then shoots his son in the chest with his own weapon and banishes him to another realm. And then throws his hammer after him.

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” In the comics, this is inscribed on the actual hammer.

And we’re back at the start of the film.

30:00-35:00

Darcy tasers Thor.

They drive off as the hammer crashes in New Mexico.

Now – this ties in with the Mjolnir being discovered at the same time as Iron Man 2 (2010). So the events of that film just ended.

They take Thor to a hospital. There’s not many real locations in this film, so it’s frustrating we don’t know this one.

Jane and co. admit Thor into a hospital and he’s not happy about it. The hospital interiors are likely a set.

He starts a fight with the doctors.

Before he’s sedated, he was just about to call himself the mighty Thor. The name of the longstanding Thor comic was The Mighty Thor.

There was an extended version of this scene.

We cut to a Dodge D-Series driving through the desert.

The music we hear is Hammer Found.

It’s being driven by an unnamed character, played by J. Michael Straczynski.

Straczynski co-wrote the story for Thor (2011), and it probably helped that he wrote the Thor comic for many years, starting with Thor vol. 3 #1 in September 2007. Straczynski also created Babylon 5, co-wrote World War Z, and had other fantastic comic book runs including The Amazing Spider-Man.

Here we are in Puente Antiguo. The whole town is a set, built at Cerro Pelon Ranch, 5527 State Highway 41, Lamy. The ranch, under various names, has been used for many film sets.

It’s pretty amazing as a set. Note the 7-Eleven.

We see Jane and team’s lab. It’s an equally spectacular set. It helps that Branagh managed to shoot this in one take, with great sunlight.

They discuss the Einstein-Rosen Bridge. It is a real thing, and essentially the name for a wormhole, named after Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen.

Jane and Erik talks stars, including the constellation Ursa Minor.

A scene was cut here featuring Frigga pulling Odin up on his terrible parenting.

Thor wakes up restrained. But he escapes.

Jane and team go to the hospital to find Thor gone.


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