Kenneth Branagh’s famous superhero movie, Thor, was released in UK cinemas five years ago today on 27th April 2011.
Ranking as the 15th highest-grossing movie of 2011, Kenneth Branagh’s film is the fourth film (behind Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on the Marvel comics of the same name, the movie introduces the audacious and mighty Norse God of Thunder, who later acquired a central role in subsequent Marvel ensembles such as Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Chris Hemsworth stars as the powerful and arrogant Thor who is banished from the realm of Asgard after his obnoxious temperament incites a war. Sent to Midgard (Earth) by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Thor is seemingly cursed to live the rest of his life among humans. During his time on Earth however, he learns some much-needed lessons of humility from the beautiful and brilliant scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). However, as his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) usurps the throne of Asgard, befalling evil upon Earth, Thor must start to act like a hero worthy enough to reclaim his hammer Mjolnir and save his beloved Earth.
The success of the movie is undoubtedly due to the fantastic and twisting narrative that immerses you into a refreshing universe. While it is true that Chris Hemsworth’s more-than-agreeable muscles are a major selling point in the movie, Tom Hiddleston also performed magnificently; presenting the most charismatic and well-played villain in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Indeed, Loki became beloved by audiences and in turn, the British actor has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Thor makes you evade the daily world with its fantastic plot and special effects. The movie has everything a movie-goer could ask for; a charismatic villain, a good-looking hero, a love story, a captivating scheme and some interesting twists. It is quite simply an unavoidable superhero movie for all Marvel fans.
The film garnered a sequel, entitled Thor: The Dark World, which was released in 2013. A second sequel – Thor: Ragnarok – is scheduled to be released in 2017 with Hemsworth and Hiddleston reprising their respective roles. It has also been widely reported that they will be joined by Mark Ruffalo who will make an appearance as Bruce Banner (The Hulk).
Remind yourself of the first Thor movie in the video below.