Official Plot Synopsis for Kenneth Branagh's Thor
03.10.10 by BJSprecher
Marvel Studios has finally released an official plot synopsis for director Kenneth Branagh's Thor, the live-action adaptation of the classic Marvel Comic book. Though previous reports seemed to indicate that the majority of the movie would take place on the extra-dimensional realm of Asgard, which Thor and the other Norse gods call home, from the synopsis it appears that most of the action will actually be taking place on earth.
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.
While many comic book fans would probably prefer it if the majority of the movie took place in Asgard, having the movie take place predominantly on earth is a necessary step toward linking Thor with the other Marvel Studios movies — The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, The First Avenger: Captain America — leading up to the super-team movie, The Avengers. In the Marvel Comics series, Thor is a founding member of The Avengers, which is first formed to deal with the threat of the Hulk, who is being manipulated by Thor's step-brother, Loki.
Thor also stars Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Joshua Dallas as Fandral, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, and Tom Hiddleston as the villainous Loki.