Thor is a 2011 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne, and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
Thor has to overcome Loki’s schemes to try to take over his home world of Asgard. Along with fellow Asgardian warriors Lady Sif and the warrior goddess Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Thor must stop Loki from destroying his homeland and bringing even more chaos to Earth.
Thor is a superhero film based around the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is an adaptation of the Thor sub-plot from the comics storyline "Loki's reign" from J. Michael Straczynski's run in Thor (vol 3). The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Hemsworth as the titular Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster , Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig. The film also stars Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi and Jaimie Alexander.
The story for the film comes from an original screenplay written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne before Marvel Studios decided to make it into a film in August 2006. In July 2007 Marvel Studios announced that Kenneth Branagh would direct Thor. Principal photography began in Australia on October 31, 2009.
The visual effects were created by Industrial Light & Magic and Territory Studio. The film also incorporated live action, a first in the franchise. Marvel released a statement on April 19, 2011 saying that Thor would be filming in New Mexico sometime during May 2011. Post production was finished on November 7, 2011 with a release date of May 6, 2012. The film was officially presented to the public at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International with post-credit scenes for "Iron Man 2", "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Thor".
The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was commercially successful, grossing over $621 million worldwide. The film’s success led to a sequel, to be titled Thor: The Dark World , which was released on November 8, 2013.
Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Alan Taylor directed the film with a screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film has an ensemble cast featuring Chris Hemsworth as Thor along with Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba and Christopher Eccleston.
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.