Thor: SDCC Preview

Posted by Grey Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We have had our fair share of coverage (here, here, and here) on the mighty God of Thunder's transition from print to screen. Things have been pretty sketchy... until now. Or specifically, here, at the San Diego Comic-Con.

We all know by how Marvel dropped all the collective jaws of all the Marvel Zombies out there at the San Diego Comic Con by pulling the big one when they introduced the ensemble cast of Avengers, but that's not the singular reason behind Marvel's reign at the SDCC. Thor himself conjured a couple of thunders himself when director Kenneth Branagh brought along several of his cast, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston and Clark Gregg, as well as an awesome piece of never-before-seen footage during the Marvel panel Saturday evening in Hall H. Branagh himself geeked out when he saw some plot threads in the short Captain America footage that was shown (more on the footage in our Captain America: The First Avenger SDCC preview later), linking Asgardian mythology to the First Avenger (damn, the namesake stucked). And when confronted with inquiries on how the mythological fantasy world of Asgard melded with the technological savvy Marvel universe molded by the Iron Man movies, Branagh and Producer Kevin Feige let their very own Thor short footage does the talking.

For those interested in the explicit details of the aforementioned short footage, check out Collider's coverage on it. Just so you know, that there's a terrific scene right at the end of the slick footage, where Clark Gregg, reprising his role as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson from the Iron Man movie series, confronted the Destroyer armor in the middle of a desert with several SHIELD agents. Instantly jumping to the conclusion that the armored individual belonged to Stark Industries, they were stunned when the face shield of the armor opened up and unleashes a deadly flash on everything around it. And if you're wondering why there is no video embedded herein for the aforementioned footage, well, that's what the folks who went all the way down San Diego are for. Just so that the general public who missed it to curbed their patience for the trailers to be released eventually.

During the SDCC week, many images from the film have been released online. Let's take a look at them right after the jump.

Well, just so now we can stop all those wondering guesses on whether the God of Thunder will be having his helmet on. So will Odin and Loki.

The grand citadel of Asgard.

Some father and sons moment.

Thor having some embarrassing Hammer-In-The-Stone moment.

An official art piece released by Marvel.

And last but certainly not the least, as Marvel simply just can't resist the urge to drop one last bomb on the collective Marvel Zombies before the event closes ... The Infinity Gauntlet!!!

So what exactly is the omnipotent Infinity Gauntlet doing in a Thor Movie? According to the Marvel spokesperson on site, the artifact will be featured in the Thor film, as a key item in Odin's collection, much like the Cosmic Cube showcased in the Captain America footage. Sources also indicated that the Gauntlet is likely to be featured in the upcoming Avenger film as well, giving fans a strong hint of who the villain might be in ensemble film. Thanos, anyone?

So what exactly is an Infinity Gauntlet? If you're actually lazy to even check out the wikipedia for it, it's a gauntlet forged with six gem, each personifying the power of Soul, Time, Space, Mind, Reality, and Power, respectively. In unison, they made its wielder omnipotent and in short, with complete control over the Universe.

Wild or valid speculations aside, check out the official synopsis from Marvel.

Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of super hero: "Thor." This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.



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