Thor

[SOM #35]

This is the fourth of six reviews of the MARVEL cinematic universe. This show covers the 2011 first cinematic outing of the God of Thunder.

This was a tough one for MARVEL. DC spent years developing the similarly magic-based superhero movie; Wonder Woman and ultimately stalled, ironically letting go the director of The Avengers. The rest of the established Marvels have their background in science, albeit fantastical science from the mind of dreamers. Thor has his basis in actual Norse mythology, given a space-age refreshing by Jack Kirby. The challenge was to sell modern cinema audiences this shining hero for the first time and make him every bit as believable as Iron Man.

Joining me once again are Neil Taylor of GameBurst and KDS 2.0, Josh Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Jerome McIntosh and Paul Gibson of Gonzo Planet. We will be back next week with Captain America: The First Avenger.

Here are some books that I heartily recommend you guys pick up for essential Avengers reading.

The Ultimates Volume 1 – Superhuman
The Ultimates Volume 2 – Homeland Security
The Ultimates 2 Volume 1 – Gods and Monsters
The Ultimates 2 Volume 2 – Grand Theft America
The Avengers Volume 1 – Breakout
Iron Man – Extremis

(One last thing, we never mentioned the post-production addition of 3D for this film, which was truly phenomenal, totally justified, transformed the cinematic experience and totally changed my mind about the artless fad of enforced 3D in this medium.)

Author: Alex Shaw

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3 Comments

  1. There was another person to lift Thor’s hammer; Beta Ray Bill.

  2. You mean that horse-faced chap who looks like Nicholas Cage?

  3. Actually, I’m not sure how it happened, when I recently bought the game and the DLC wasn’t available, the characters were somehow on there. I know because Nightcrawler and Venom were regular members of the party.

    Maybe they were on the update that the game asked me to download?

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