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Will Alter-Ego Donald Blake Be In THOR Or Not??

I am – Hercules!! In today’s Variety:
"Thor," scripted by Mark Protosevich, Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller, centers on a partly disabled med student who discovers his Norse god alter ego, the hammer-swinging Thor.
In the Marvel funnybooks, a partly disabled med student named Donald Blake is Thor’s alter-ego. Variety’s assertion contradicted some of what we’ve heard, so we contacted a 100% tested and solid source, someone intimately familiar with the movie Kenneth Branagh is making, and he or she tells AICN Donald Blake is definitely NOT in the movie. Stay tuned.

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  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Sonds good to me

    by medium_messiah

    C'mon...

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    haha my first first

    by medium_messiah

    I rule.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Is it supposed to be this easy?

    by medium_messiah

    Third.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    The movie the untested source describes sounds awful

    by IndustryKiller!

    Like horrendous. They literally run over him? Loki kills Odin? What the fuck? That better not be true.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Odin was killed in the funny book?

    by Karl Childers

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    SOUNDS SOMEWHERE BEYOND DREADFUL

    by HaterofCrap

    i hope the little fidget cinema slaying portman is driving a smart car, to really push it over the edge into shitland.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Loki's adopted? And kills Odin?

    by Zardoz

    So they're really straying far from the comics and the mythology? But they're using/ not using Donald Blake?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    The secret identity/alter-ego thing is played out.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Robert Blake is disabled???

    by vic twenty

    I knew he was nuts, but heck...

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    What's this shit...

    by tj donkey show

    about Loki killing Odin? If true the premise of The Avengers movie sounds awesome.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Stellan

    by Hallon

    Stellan confirmed his involvment in a swedish interview a couple of weeks ago: http://www.svd.se/kulturnoje/nyheter/artikel_3602263.svd (it says that they refused to give him the script before signing, he refused to sign, they send him the script, he signed).

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Well, it's Thorish, basically. Sort of.

    by JasonPratt

    Granted, the Donald Blake element is classic to the comics, but the series as a whole has rarely used that story-element. It's also possible that Loki throws Thor to earth as a wimpy partly disabled man. (After all, why keep Thor in some form that will allow him to just come back and smite you?) Being run over by the Jeep (or whatever) might be what cripples him in human form, too.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Ultron makes more sense for the Avengers..

    by vic twenty

    If they are looking for a "real world" type villain, whatever that means in a world filled with flying armored suits and green monsters.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Maybe Favreau got wind of this and said...

    by vic twenty

    "Loki? No thanks." I hope this comes off well. I love what they are doing so far.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Zardoz

    by Hallon

    Loki (of giant decent) was actually Odins adopted brother in the mythology. Well kind of anyway.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Donald Blake isn't needed..

    by Axl Z

    I always felt he was just tagged in because every other Superhero had a secret identity. Looks at the way the Iron-Man film went, there's no secret there with his alterego. Blade is Blade as Thor is Thor. Thor as Thor is complete enough.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Blade Thor

    by Axl Z

    Best combo film ever!!

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Hallon

    by Hercules

    My Swedish is not what it should be. Does the article mention anything about Stellan's role in "Thor"?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Why would you kill off Anthony Hopkins right at the beginning?

    by manifestchaos

    ffs. I want some "quid pro quo."

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Axl Z: totally agreed

    by manifestchaos

    And well put!

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    always thought Donald Blake was a pipesmoker!

    by ZombieHeathLedger

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Yea This Already is Bad

    by MattHooper

    If the people who were making this movie actually enjoyed the comics, we would not be getting information like this, this close to filming. I'm sure it's probably accurate, and I'm now certain that this is not going to be a movie that will resonate with fans of the comic book character. Too bad, really. Iron Man resonated like a gong being struck next to the ear.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Blake humanizes Thor.

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    I thought that was the whole point about him coming to earth. To become human and humble.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Second that Ultron idea...

    by Karl Childers

    ...for the Avengers' flick.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of Howard the Duck.

    by rev_skarekroe

    But with hammers.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Ultron

    by gavdiggity

    presupposes an intro to Hank Pym. Have there been any rumors about that (Ant-Man movie talk aside)?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Also, do they even use Donald Blake in the comics anymore?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Didn't they sort of decide at some point that Thor doesn't really need a secret identity?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Will there be a Dr. Strange movie?

    by fiester

    Is that in development? I'd love a really hard-R scary Doc Strange flick. Prolly never happen. They will pull a Constantine on it and make it more like Harry Potter meets Spider-Man.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    AICN chickening out on Heimdall casting

    by IAmLegolas

    They've posted every other piece of casting news, however small, but managed to skip this one. I guess they want to avoid controversy.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    No Beta Ray Bill, No watchy.

    by CatVutt

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    leave it to Branagh to fuck it up good and proper.

    by venvariants

    Being run over by a girl and her binge drinking dad is about as awful as you can get. Not to mention the director is just as terrible as Harlin or Bay, just more full of himself. This is going to be dreadful. Why do Marvel characters in movies always have to befriend neighbors and kids and nerds n shit?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    If This Plot Synopsis Is True, I Shall KILL YOU ALL

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Please give me your addresses and aend me a cheque to cover travel expenses. Oh and include your telephone number too in case I get lost on my way to your house.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    IAmLegolas

    by rev_skarekroe

    It was mentioned in the article with whatsherface's casting. Nora.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    FUCK THIS FILM

    by Kontarsky

    Black Norse gods, scenesters, crap Loki casting, no watch. Enjoy your shitfest, Branagh worshippers. You never even gave a shit about THOR in the first place.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Blake is in the comics right now.

    by Dreadlock Holmes

    JMS brought him back.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    JMS is crap and TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    by Kontarsky

    Send me the address too if you need any backup.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Herc!

    by Hallon

    Nope, sorry, it doesn't. But I do know that Stellan has filmed a couple of Norwegian films thru the years (the original Insomnia ie) so he could definitely pull off some norweigian lines if needed to.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I say thee nay!

    by TurboPervo

    I think this video sums up my feelings about this news. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcMQVCSdk-M

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I guess when you're an immortal....

    by cookylamoo

    You don't worry about pipe smoking.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    skarsgard was announced like 2 months ago.

    by alice133

    and u cant kill odin ffs. <p>and if u could (u cant) the universe would end.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I just don't see how this can work for non comic geeks.

    by Ganymede3001

    Branagh has the toughest job in show business if you ask me. The concept seems impossible to materialize on the silver-screen. I wish im all the luck in the world though.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    this is an improvement...

    by arctor

    over the Protosevich script that was going around a few months ago...that thing was fucking awful, embarrassing, derivative shit.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Thor also has a mechanical suit, like Iron Man

    by Phil Connors

    From what I have heard.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    It doesn't work without a mortal alter ego.

    by ballyhoo

    Great job, guys. You just fucked up Thor.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    A Black Norse God isn't out of the realm of possibility.

    by Ganymede3001

    Lets be real. Imagine during an earthly encounter a Norse God encountered the Labron James of African Warriors. A dude so bad ass he would rather ascend him to the heavens of Asagard to serve as one of his guardians instead of rendering an unsavory judgement against him?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    They KILL Odin?! Fuck that! And Colm Feore should be Loki!

    by Drath

    Really hope this isn't what happens in the movie. I'm disappointed. You cannot kill Odin. Why is that so hard for hack writers to get?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    ...comic book THOR's clean shiny-ness always bothered...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...me. That colorful spandex and shiny metal look goes against everything that's cool about Norse mythology. I never could quite get over that hurdle.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    if true, this is what Favreau was talking about..

    by soup74

    he said he couldnt see thor in iron man's world, but this sounds more like they want to put iron man in thor's world.. <br>which truthfully, might not be so bad.. a little crazy, but shit, it would be nice for them to take a chance.. i mean, after seeing robert downey jr. in iron man's world for 2 movies, talking him completely out of his element might be pretty cool. Plus Favreau is correct, he might not be the perfect guy to direct a movie like that.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    MattHooper

    by MikeTheSpike

    "I'm now certain that this is not going to be a movie that will resonate with fans of the comic book character. Too bad, really. Iron Man resonated like a gong being struck next to the ear. "<p> 1) There are, what, twelve fans of Thor? The money here doesn't really lie in appeasing them.<p> 2) Similarly, Iron Man had few fans before his film. Going for this "core" fanbase (I don't mean comic readers; I mean the actual fans of specific characters) is hardly the path to success.<p> They just need to stick with what appeals to a wide audience, without taking a total crap on what's worked for a character in the past, and run with it.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Do the Ultimate Version for Avengers

    by Ky-El

    Have everyone think Thor is insane the whole movie. Then in the final scene reveal Loki has been pulling the strings of the government undercover as a human and leading an invasion into Earth. Thor reveals his true powers and leads the Avengers into battle. This way most of the movie is based in reality (Iron Mans more real based world)

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Skaarsgaard has a beer and cheats on Padme

    by REVENGE_of_FETT

    Whatever happened to the "13th Warrior" aesthetic this film was originally going to embody? I want to know what THE FUCK happened to that? Who's bright fucking idea was remaking the godawful Masters of the Universe movie and slapping the THOR name on it?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    ...I believe MikeTheSpike is correct. I would bet...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...there are far more Norse mythology fans out there than THOR comic fans. I for one am hoping for more of a Kenneth Branagh dirtied up and mythologized Thor combined with some superhero elements.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    MiketheSpike

    by MattHooper

    I disagree. Studios who typically spend most of their time appeasing a "wider audience," use place development executives in charge of anything creative. I'd rather a filmmaker like Branaugh (Dead Again) have his creative prowess with the material, but it's obvious the respect for the original character is not there. It's more of a "this is my opinion of how Thor should have been created in the first place." As opposed to simply adapting the character as created. I don't like it when they take the easy way out. I like it when these bitches work hard for my money. Like they did when they put together the Iron Man script.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    How about this?

    by Chain

    After Thor is cast down he can't get his powers back until he retrieves Mjolnir. Which is of course not easy to retrieve. The entire movie could be a quest to find the hammer and the hurdles Loki makes him jump though to get it.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Good! Always disliked Donald Blake

    by Spacelab

    Thor should be a God among men, and remain a god. The alternate ego thing never worked for me anyhow, and this sounds like it could be good. LOTR world starts spilling into the real world.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:25 p.m. CST

    And they already ruined it....

    by jaysin420

    with this no alter-ego bullshit, which is half the fucking story of Thor and just about every other superhero and then killing off the best actor in the movie early on is always a great idea. Didn't they see Executive Decision starring Steven Segal!

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Nice inversion of Milton's Paradise Lost.

    by Ingeld

    In this pagan version, the divine Father is killed and the son of god is cast out of heaven. That being said, the movie sounds like shit.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Wow sounds like a comic book movie to me

    by DOGSOUP

    You people need to get laid.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Chain, that was the gist of Prostevich's original script.

    by Ganymede3001

    Sounds like they had it right the first time.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    the source

    by rodneyfaile

    why do people find a source material and decide its a great idea for a movie ..... then CHANGE FROM THE SOURCE MATERIAL THEY ORIGINALY DECIDED WOULD MAKE A GOOD MOVIE?! why not get tim burton to direct the avengers movie so he can put nipples on everyone and cast totally imossible actors to play the parts. im seeing paul giamante as captain america with nipples and a part time job selling shoes. instead of a shield he carries a light saber and his suit resembles the flag of brazil, his home.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    DITCH DON BLAKE

    by milesdyson

    the comics were always cooler when thor got to be thor all the time.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST

    The whole Loki using Banner ....

    by I Max U Mini

    ... thing sounds just like the Thor vs. Hulk animated release from last year.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Maybe I'm letting my personal feelings towards the character cloud my judgement, but I can't see how sticking too close to the Thor comic book elements is really the wise way to go here. This is coming from a big Marvel guy, who has always thought Thor was a bit goofy fit. <p>Like Mr. Poo says, stick with the Norse stuff predominantly and graft a few Marvel elements where it works, and you've got a film (presumably this is exactly what they hired Kenneth Branagh, of all people, to do). Start adding - Jesus - Beta Ray Bill, and your movie gets laughed off the screen.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Max:

    by MikeTheSpike

    Not that others can't point this out, but Loki using Banner is from the first Avengers issue.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Please NO Donald Blake!

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    We already have the Hulk, skinny/unable bodied professor/doctor turning into a crazy powerful guy.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Ok, read the spoiler parts (damn it!)

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    I like it, what's not to like? Oden can always come back. These few lines gave me some sort of old school action adventure feel. Doc Skarsgård and Padmé McFly. "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits his hammer... you're gonna see some serious shit."

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Loki poessessing Hulk was just done in the recent "Hulk vs." DVD

    by wampa_droppings

    testing the waters?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    fiester... Doctor Strange

    by wampa_droppings

    I agree, and they should have Billy Cruddup play Strange.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    For thos not in the Know

    by BERSERKR

    Blake is back in the Comics, The Premise for the Avengers movie is pretty much the EXACT same premise as the VERY FIRST Avengers comics so it makes sense, in the comics, Loki IS Thors Adopted Brother, and anyone who doesn't like JMS's run on Thor are complete morons, getting rid of the Shakespearean talk already makes it INFINITELY better than most other Thor stories, plus its very touching and he FINALLY doesn't wear his underwear over his pants.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp IS Doctor Strange!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Kenneth Branagh as Donald Blake

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    it could work. He doesn't have to look like Thor at all, it's a diguise.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Considering Kenneth Branagh is untested ....

    by darthllama

    with comic book material - I'm pretty stoked to see this. Good cast, decent writers and Marvel (plus daddy Disney) place their trust in him. It's got a lot of good things going for it.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Reluctant Austinite .....

    by darthllama

    Don't you think Adam Baldwin has the look for Dr Strange (not too sure about the acting chops though)

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I'm with, uh...Berserkr

    by MR. MURDOCH

    Yeah. This sounds fine to me. Never understood the need for Don Blake -- just drop Thor into our world (perhaps losing a few memories, or simply trying to convince everyone that he's not psycho-crazy), you already have quite an interesting twisty narrative in itself. Drop cinematic versions of Thor and Iron Man and Banner/Hulk together (where Nick Fury and perhaps Stark do indeed think Thor is just nuts, but with a BIIIG hammer), and you might just have something EXTRAORDINARY. Really looking forward to seeing what Branagh does with this. To me, the x-factor here (no pun intended) is the presentation/integration of CAPTAIN AMERICA, *not* THOR.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:09 p.m. CST

    No Blake

    by Norm3

    That sux

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I support this.

    by hallmitchell

    Donald Blake?? Easily the least known alter ego of any major hero.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    It would be pretty obvious pretty quick that Thor wasn't crazy

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I mean if they go by the old Marvel Universe handbook, the guy can lift/press 100 tons, fly and command lightning, hardly the something any old nutjob can do.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Ultimate Thor!!!!!

    by omantortuga

    I like that he is coming down as Thor and not Blake. They are making him more like Ultimate Thor. Think about it, if you have read Ultimates 1 & 2 everyone thought that Thor was just some diluted man with a power vest and hammer that gave him his powers. It wasn't til 3/4 Ultimates 2 that everyone found out that he was the true Norse God and that Loki was playing his tricks which led to an amazing fight between Earth and Asgard. If they keep up with this, it is going to be awesome. Any one who hasn't read these stories need to. They are easily the best books ever written by Marvel! I can't wait for Ultimate Thor!!! Now if they Make Captain America as his Ultimate version as well it will make for the best Marvel movies bar none!

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    The invisotext is gone?

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Who asked for it to be removed? So it was true?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Mark Protosevich = shit writer

    by m_prevette

    ...he screwed up I Am Legend already, so, why not, let him fuck up more stuff we wanna see.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Its Deluded...not diluted..

    by Bootskin

    ..it's not like they watered him down fer chrissake...

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST

    So...

    by Bootskin

    ...what exactly did the inviso-text say?

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 10:38 p.m. CST

    inviso-text

    by omantortuga

    basicly it said: The movie starts of in Asgard with all the gods. At some point Loki will either Kill Odin or put him into a coma like sleep and have Thor blamed for it. Thor will then be cast down to Earth where no one will believe he is the Norse god Thor, just some guy claiming to be a god. They also told about a five page fight between Loki and his army and Thor and his warriors. Also they said that Loki would be a main villan in the Avengers movie and it would involve the Hulk.

  • Nov. 25, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    thank god

    by antonphd

    i always hated donald duck... black... whatever... kinda like that kid from the first Hellboy...

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    UGH!

    by BERSERKR

    The only thing good about Ultimate Thor is when they gave him his regular hammer back and the massive beard.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    @m_prevette

    by BERSERKR

    Harry said the original script written by Mark Protosevich was the best script he has ever read for a super hero movie, there has been some changes so i am not sure how it is now, but have faith man:P

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck cares about THOR...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...when A V A T A R is fucking our eyeballs in 21 days?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Zardoz, RE=Loki

    by Continentalop

    He is Thor's adopted brother. In mythology, Odin slays his father, a giant, then finds his normal sized child. Because he is the son of a king, even if he was an enemy giant he is still a king, by costume Odin must adopt him because he is of royal blood. That was in mythology. So Loki being Odin's adopted son and Thor's foster brother is pretty close to some of the old myths.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    And I for one can see Donald Blake working

    by Continentalop

    Not saying he is necessary - far from it - but I could see making him work. Think of Thor as Jesus (yeah, another Jesus metaphor in a comic book movie), before he found out he was the son of god he was just a humble carpenter. Well Thor would live the life of a humble, crippled doctor before he discovers he is the son of Odin trapped in mortal form. It could work for one movie, having Donald Blake questioning his sanity just like Jesus did in Last Temptation of Christ when he discovers he is the son of God. <P> After that story line, though, ditch the Blake character. Served his purpose.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    No Donald Blake in Ultimate Avengers...

    by Zardoz

    And it worked for me! I loved the whole Ultimate Thor arc in UA. That was brilliant! If they stick to that story, I'd be very happy. Thor's going to be a tough job and a tough sell to non-comics moviegoers, but I hope they can pull it off, I really do! And thanks to all for the info on Loki, I'm not that familiar with the Norse mythology. (or the original Thor comics for that matter!)

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Yes to Ultimate Thor

    by BergerBoy

    mark millar's ultimate thor...loved that. but than loeb went all ass on that shitty 3rd volume...fucked the whole universe up. the first two arcs for the ultimates were the best thing in comics in years...that is what the movies should be based on...word.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 1:53 a.m. CST

    here we go again...

    by emeraldboy

    cue months and months of talkbackers slagging this movie off.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Matt Fraction

    by BergerBoy

    that dude also did the norse god some justice!!!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Hmm...

    by Colin62

    Isn't Odin supposed to die in Ragnarok with everyone else? In fact aren't they all supposed to live until Ragnarok?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Donald and Blake are the names

    by Dingbatty

    of Kat Dennings' jubblies.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    It will be a hard sell without an alter ego

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Otherwise how will they do the modern day stuff? I cant picture Thor wandering around the streets without drawing some attention to himself.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Drsambeckett1984

    by BergerBoy

    Check out Ultimates if you are interested in how Thor would interact with humans without an alter ego. He could simply be a god cast down to earth. I kinda like it better that way..without the stick and all.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same

    by greygor

    You know, some of the same complaints we heard before Iron Man are duplicated here. FFS Chill and see what's produced. You can have Black, Green or Indigo Norse Gods. You can include or Exclude an Alter-Ego. You can kill off Odin As long as the final product is good all changes will be forgiven

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Whatever happens

    by Drsambeckett1984

    This will be one hell of an interesting movie, I like that they are now taking risks instead of staying safe on these films, with a period set Captain America on the way, it is really exciting time for comic book adaptations. <P> We might end up getting some really original never seen before stuff, and that is a million times more exciting than another Raimi ruined Spiderman!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    In many ways changing source material is a

    by Drsambeckett1984

    good thing, sticking to it like glue can really limit what you do in the film, so yeah if they want to change it, why not? <P> It might be difficult without an alter ego, just because that is the way these superhero movies, the alter ego is the audiences viewpoint in many ways. <P> But hey, this one is quite a long way off, it has an exciting cast and director, should be a good one. But I am going into it with no expectations of any kind, best way really.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:47 a.m. CST

    This guy flies around and hits people with a hammer, right?

    by smackfu

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 4:59 a.m. CST

    CARL SAGAN AND STEPHEN HAWKING SING......

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    This is very beautiful and very hopeful.<br> <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Can anyone recommend a decent Thor comic?

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Never read any before, and wouldnt mind having some knowledge going into this movie?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Drsambeckett1984

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Thor: Ages of thunder. It's how I hope the movie will portray Asgard and the gods. JMS' Thor 1 & 2 are also excellent.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Read Walt Simonson's run.

    by Dingbatty

    Avoid JMS's take. He has Thor wearing mirrorball longjohns, as if Thor needs armor.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Someone's missing

    by somdawg

    Where is Balder the Brave?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Actually he kills people, rapes their women, enslaves their youn

    by BurnHollywood

    ...And steals their shit. He also kills whales and chows down on blubber like it's going out of style.<p> THOR's an old-school Norseman, you bet.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    THOR? Needing armor?

    by BurnHollywood

    My man THOR twists his woman's scarf around his wang and fights with his balls hanging free in the breeze.<p> Can't wait for THAT action figure.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    THOR once came home to his native land...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Hungry for his woman's precious inner folds. He ate half the mattress before he realized she was out and about in the market place.<p> That's THOR. Ask for him by name.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    ...little known fact about THOR. Yes, he kills, rapes...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and enslaves...but when he's done and tired from all the killing, raping, and enslaving he settles down and marries a nice local girl. He often tries his hand at farming or trading with his native Scandinavia.<P>You will find little blond THOR's all over the world...even in Sicily.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Agreed about WALT SIMONSONS' run in the comic

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Fucking amazing series.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 8:45 a.m. CST

    tehcreepythinman

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    sent you a new email on fb dude

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 9:16 a.m. CST

    His pipe turned into a cane

    by BrandLoyalist

    and that cane turned into Mjolnir

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I don't have much confidence left in this project

    by NippleEffect

    I foresee an Asgard of bark and twig huts<p> And they'll go the FF route and write him like the ultimate thor

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Dingbatty

    by BERSERKR

    Walt Simonson's run was great, but so is JMS's its a different style for sure but just as good, and armor looks better than Underwear over pants, hes a Norse god for cryin out loud. Best take on the costume though would be from the Matt Fraction one shots.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:20 a.m. CST

    avengers movie

    by ORIONgods

    needs ultron, leader, loki team up

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Berserkr

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    Yeah I like the Simonson stuff too, but can never really see past (!) the underwear thingie. Oh and the Thor 1602 costume is quite cool.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    TehCreepyThinMan

    by FleshMachine

    wow..thanks for that...i bought the album instantly!

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The real question: Will Teen Brigade be in it?!

    by Royston Lodge

    heh heh heh

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    After all that raping and pillaging and more raping..

    by mr dark

    I bet he sure was "thor" all right..

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    So who is going to be the villain in the sequel?

    by ominus

    Jesus Christ or Buddha?

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by wookie1972

    No, the real question is WTF is Don Blake doing listening in on the Teen Brigade's Ham Radio frequency? Fricking perv.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Oh, and put an eyepatch and a skinny 'stache

    by wookie1972

    on Don Blake and you've got everyone's favourite head of a law firm. Ha ha! Head. Ha ha! Firm.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    You know

    by lead_sharp

    I want to love what I'm hearing I really do. Good cast interesting, director but... I'm a Thor nut and agree Walt Simonson's run was 'effing epic and there's been much fun before and after but I can't shake the feeling we may get a bastardised version of the Ultimate Thor which is (for me at least) like getting Quicky Marts Own Cola over Coke.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I can sum up why this will suck in 4 words:

    by Redmond

    "Directed by Kenneth Branagh" For anyone who doubts me, check out anything he's directed since Henry V. Check out "Frankenstein" which was an ode to his bare chest. Check out the self indulgent crap that was the "Sleuth" remake.

  • Nov. 26, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Ultron has to be in the Avengers movie

    by MacReady452

    Pym>Ultron>Vision. Follow me here...The Vision has the potential to be an awesome franchise for Disney. Start with Wonder Man, Pym(Ant Man)and The Wasp. It is already in the works with Pixar I believe. Not for nuthin but, no one gives a cunt suck about these characters. Let Disney do an epic CG adventure with these characters with the end result being the creation of Ultron. NOW, move over to a live action movie featuring Vision and Scarlet Witch. Being a "synthezoid" would create all kinds of identity and relationship issues and (if your familiar) the family and loss stuff could result in a really dark and interesting plot. The best part....this character is mostly unknown so like Blade you could take the character in any direction without much public outcry. Get to work you mouse fucking dipshits.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    WHAT AN ARTICLE!!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    HOLY SHIT!! Put up a HUGE scan from the comic, and an ad, and some tiny blurb that mentions NOTHING. Fantastic!

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 2:53 a.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    It used to mention SOMETHING, but was changed. Fantastic!

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    This movie is gonna suck so bad...

    by ratpack223

    Brannagh is using Thor to jumpstart his career in Hollywood again and will be fucking up this movie sooo bad.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Well

    by BERSERKR

    I really hope we are all wrong and this movie blows our minds to tiny particles.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    GOOOOOOD. Than again I likes Ultimate THOR so there you go.

    by the Green Gargantua

    Haters eat dick.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST

    This site

    by xXxJamiexXx

    Hasn't posted an article about Jeremy Renner possibly playing Hawkeye yet. Figured I would give you guys a heads up. I think that is pretty good casting if it works out.

  • Nov. 27, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Donald Blake is the best choice for a Thor movie

    by JonQuixote

    Ultimate Thor is the best choice for an Avengers movie if this is how we're first meeting him and you don't want to dick around too much with him because you're really focusing on Captain America and Iron Man. But if you're going to make a Thor-centric movie, especially one with a plot around Thor being sent to Earth to learn humility, why would you build your plot around a guy who *thinks* he's Thor and has to deal with everybody thinking he's delusional until ta da, oh it's actually Thor. YOUR MOVIE IS CALLED "THOR," THE AUDIENCE WILL ALREADY KNOW THAT HE'S THOR. Donald Blake is not essential, but he's a much better choice and a nice, simple way to introduce the character to his own movie. Asgard weird? Godly stuff confusing. Guess what, your main character thinks so too. As he becomes accustomed, so do you. Donald Blake is a great vehicle to bring the audience into THOR - a relatable main-character to bridge the gap between our world and the movie world. And maybe there's a bridge between the versions - Don Blake isn't a doctor but a Greenpeace hippie, or you use the same actor to play both roles and make Blake a little less "humble" - but it's probably the best choice for a superhero Thor movie.

  • Nov. 28, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Variety's Source

    by GilesT

    Wikipedia. Seriously, with the lack of alternate information, they just rewrote the first line of the fictional biography section as being the movie's premise.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Asgard as hallucination

    by trombone

    All the other Avengers fit into a "real world". Thor doesn't. I always thought it was a mistake in Ultimates to reveal that he was really Thor. Much more believable as a nut-job with a hi-tech vest. And Fury just didn't care because he got him to do what he wanted him to do. Favreau is right.

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Elin Woods for Valkyrie

    by Thanos0145

    Elin Woods would be good for the part because I hear she swings a mean 9 iron (just ask Tiger).

  • Nov. 29, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Thor dressed like that because

    by Dingbatty

    naturally he'd want to fit in with his superhero peers. Granted, the Kirby version could be tweaked somewhat, but it is iconic and should be referenced. The new version puts some sort of weird asymmetrical jacket on him, along with the unnecessary, silly looking armor. At the very least make the armor look like something the Norse would use, like mail, lammelar, or cuir bouilli.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Oh no!

    by OSAMP1

    This movie does not look that good anymore. Great cast but hope the script comes out well.

  • Nov. 30, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    didn't simonson...

    by foree forehead

    ..make thor wear shiny leg-armor too? and give him a huge beard? and turn him into a frog? awesome... http://tiny.cc/llnva

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    ???

    by orcus