Some of us are going to take back some of the shit we’ve said.
So, here’s the trailer for Thor, Marvel Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of the comic book character. Most of us know the story — God of Thunder, lives on Asgard, flies, strong as hell, lightning bolts, big fuckin’ hammer, eventually joins The Avengers. The film, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom HIddlesworth, Anthony Hopkins, and a million others, is directed by Kenneth Brannagh. We’ve seen a few images, and we’ve been skeptical. We’ve been curious how the adaptation would translate — Thor is something of the outlier with The Avengers. The only character that isn’t science-based… or even Earth-based for that matter.
And then the trailer, which premiered at Comic-Con, got leaked. And it’s a decent copy, too. And you know what?
It looks pretty goddamn good.
Yeah. Hemsworth’s got the look pretty much nailed. Hopkins looks kind of ridiculous, but he’s got the gravitas to carry it. Hiddlesworth looks like the malevolent schemer that Loki is. The trailer doesn’t actually show much action, other than a mess of ‘splosions, a brief shot of a fight between Thor and Loki, and a nice long shot of Asgard.
Oh, and Destroyer. You know, the Odin-forged suit of armor that renders its user invulnerable, comes with massive power, and slowly corrupts the mind of its occupant unless they’re strong enough. That’s the money shot at the end.
Also, it’s nice to see Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulsen get more screen time than he did in either Iron Man movie (it was recently confirmed that Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury would not show up in Thor, and that Coulsen would be the main SHIELD representative).
Finally, the goofy Asgardian dialogue isn’t too bad. It will always feel a little out of place, but it works here.
So there you have it. The God of Thunder. I’m digging it.
(update: New video courtesy of Comic Book Resources)