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Friday, 9 January 2009

More Thor News...


It's recently been confirmed that not only will Kenneth Branagh be directing the new Thor movie but he'll also have an acting role too. It hasn't been confirmed who he'll play but as the director of Iron Man (John Favreau) had a bit part in his movie this might seem to be the start of a new trend for each Marvel movie director going forward.

Better news for us geeks is that the script has been tweaked to add Thor's human alter ego Donald Blake into the end of the script. It's worth pointing out that Blake was not in the original script which meant that the whole film had been originally set in Thor's fantasy-like home of Asgard for the entire movie. Obviously some bright spark figured out that each Marvel movie after Iron Man has to be placed as much in the real world as possible and have a connection to the upcoming Avengers release.

I predict that if the movie itself doesn't have much real world involvement, as we know it doesn't at this point, we may well see Blake in a post credits appearance, hopefully being approached by either Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) or Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) to join the team. Me, I see Branagh playing Donald Blake...

In the Thor comics Thor's father Odin decides that his son needs to be taught humility and consequently places Thor into the body of a partially disabled medical student named Donald Blake. After becoming a doctor and thoroughly believing himself to be Blake, he later discovers Thor's disguised hammer and learns to change back and forth into the Thunder God.

As this part of the story isn't actually the birth of Thor, more of a rebirth on Earth, it isn't integral to the main movie, only to eventually join him in some believable way to the real world where the rest of the superheros like Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and co belong to.

"WHOSOEVER HOLDS THIS HAMMER, IF HE BE WORTHY, SHALL POSSESS THE POWER OF THOR"!

Sorry, couldn't resist that...

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