The fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor follows the Asgardian god of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), who is banished to Earth by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), the ruler of Asgard, and stripped of his powers and his hammer after reigniting a dormant war. As his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plots to take the Asgardian throne, Thor must prove himself worthy. But when the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero as he must protect his new human allies (Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgård).
I didn’t think that anyone could overtake Iron Man as being my favourite superhero, but Thor managed to do just that.
This film was so much better than I thought it would be. I loved everything about it – the stunning world of Asgard, Chris Hemsworth fitting into the role so well, Tom Hiddleston making such an incredible villain (yet also maintaining a great on/off brotherly relationship with Hemsworth), and a host of brilliant actors, also including Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Natalie Portman, and Kat Dennings, and Stellan Skarsgård. This is definitely my favourite superhero family, and it’s always exciting to be in the world of Asgard.
Thor is just a great all-around superhero film, combining fantasy and science fiction with an exhilarating real-world adventure. Branagh handles the film’s sense of humour brilliantly, whilst Hemsworth delivers his almost Shakespearian idioms with a great sense of respect and heroism.
There’s very little story compared to the more developed standalone films in the MCU so far and it’s not much of an origin story, but it is a great introduction to Thor’s character as we get ready for the Avengers to assemble for the first time.